Upon first glance, Analogue is another Logan Square bar. It’s got the dim lighting and the “hand-crafted” cocktails by men with questionable facial hair. It’s got the mediocre quality chairs and stools because it builds character or something. And while you can order a creative top shelf Malort cocktail, it’s also got the $3 Miller High Life and Budweiser draft because crappy American beers are all the ironic rage. If you don’t order food, you'd probably leave feeling like you've seen this show before. And you would be wrong.
Analogue is actually some of the best Cajun food in Chicago tucked away in the most unlikely setting. It’s two parts dive bar, one part classy cocktails, and all parts bomb *ss food. Po Boys and Old Fashioned's may seem like an odd combination, but the strength and often sweetness of the drinks pairs perfectly with the saltiness and spiciness of the food. The hearty and rich Cajun food combined with lackadaisical and low-key vibes instantly transports you to a muggier New Orleans evening. All the while, you’re still sipping on top-notch cocktails mixed by two former Violet Hour dudes in the middle of this hipsterized neighborhood.
Analogue is low-key but high quality. It’s nice enough to bring a date, but not so nice that you can’t YUP in your white tee like Dem Franchize Boys. The waitstaff gets full points across the board for overall pleasantry and knowledgeable menu-steering, but they’ve still got enough sass to accompany their voluminous and gravity-defying hair. Overall, Analogue is easy and pleasant and delicious, so next time you’re in the neighborhood, don’t pass it up. Come for the cocktails, stay for the gumbo. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
It wouldn’t be a meal without a basket of these buttermilk biscuits. Liberally slather on the spicy pepper jelly and sweet Steen’s cane syrup butter.
A creamy scoop of smoked trout dip with packets of saltines. It’s okay, but we were done after a few bites. Maybe I’m just not a smoked fish dip kind of person.
This gumbo is hearty and rich with large chunks of flavorful chicken and sausage. You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t at least get a bowl.
If you’re deciding between sandwiches, go with this one. Catfish, pickled onions, and tartar sauce.
A great flavor combo with Creole mustard, mayo, and hearty pork shoulder. Our only issue with it was the toughness of the pork shoulder.
Crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, and topped with crunchy slaw, mayo, and pickles. Douse it in their homemade hot sauce and you’ve got yourself one fine lookin’ sandwich.
Close out the gluttony with a custardy bread pudding topped with candied pecans, rum caramel sauce, and vanilla bean ice cream. It’s not the best bread pudding, but it’s not the worst. And it feels like a nice bookend to your meal.