We don't like the term "gastropub." Other than that it kind of sounds like a word for a bar at the bottom of someone's stomach, most of the time the food in these places kind of sucks. But Owen & Engine is different. This self-proclaimed gastropub actually serves good food on the edge of Logan Square, and it sits entirely outside of a human body. That's exciting.
Don't make the mistake of thinking Owen & Engine is a bar you pregame for - it isn't. Leave that to the places on Hubbard Street and Lincoln Ave. Instead, this is is the kind of spot you head to for a few cocktails and the intention of eating a big meal. Go with a couple friends, go for a late night meal at midnight, or take a date if you're cool with a laid-back night out, and if you're both the type who gets really hungry when you're nervous.
The menu at Owen & Engine has all the familiar pub items you'd expect to find, like a soft pretzel, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and and an excellent burger. As a matter of fact, if arguing over burgers is a favorite hobby of yours, no stupid burger argument is technically valid if it doesn't include talk of Owen & Engine.
Ultimately, it's that combination of quality food and excellent environment that makes Owen & Engine what it is: a gastropub we can get behind. Now from here on out, can we all agree to stop using that word? Unless you really are referencing something inside your digestive system.
"That burger I ate earlier is still sitting in my gastropub."
Never a bad idea to start with a pretzel and a little bit of cheese sauce. Ok, a lot of cheese sauce.
A serious meat plate consisting of salt beef (corned beef), smoked ham, cheddar, hard boiled egg, spicy pickles, and homemade brown bread. This is a great thing to share, or to make a somewhat shameful but fully delicious meal for one.
Pan seared halloumi cheese over hummus and tabbouli. This is another good starter/sharer.
Plain and simple this is a fantastic burger. It comes on a house potato bun with caramelized onions and malt vinegar mayo. You should eat this.
You can't be a good gastropub without a good order of fish and chips, can you? Owen & Engine delivers either way. The fish is haddock and has a nice fry.
The usual sausages and mashed potatoes with cider onion gravy, roasted garlic, and caramelized apples.
The homemade desserts are more sophisticated than you might expect and are typically quite good. Consider ordering whatever is available.