The family-owned Fox's Restaurant and Pub in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood has expanded to the suburbs to cater to residents who grew up on the South Side and still crave its Italian fare. The latest addition is Fox's Pub in Hinsdale, which opened last year and has been bringing out big crowds for family dinners and sports games.
Motif: Decorated with a stained glass coat of arms, the first floor features a line of plush red booths and a small marble bar as well as a counter for takeout orders. Five TVs tuned to sports are spread around the upstairs dining room and bar area, where the walls are lined with black and white photos from the Hinsdale Historical Society. The large rooftop patio, set with umbrella-topped metal tables and lined with white string lights, has proved especially popular this summer. Fox's is also well set up for private parties, hosting everything from rehearsal dinners to art classes.
Fox's Pub777 N. York Road, Hinsdale, (630) 734-1400, foxspubandpizza.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Crowd: Friday night is the busiest, drawing in families with an all-you-can-eat fish fry, magic show, face painting and balloon artist. The bar screens Hinsdale High School football games along with national sports, which bring out plenty of fans.
Service: We were quickly greeted by the hostess when we came in and again when we stepped up to the bar. The bartender was happy to pour a sample of any brew we asked about, telling us a bit about the brewery it came from and bringing our check to us on the patio.
Food: Thin crust pizza is the most popular item on the menu, especially the Fox's Special which is topped with sausage, mushroom, onions and green peppers. Even if you don't come in hungry, it's hard not to be tempted by the delicious smell from a pie at the neighboring table. For a great deal come on Monday or Wednesday when pizzas are 40 or 50 percent off, respectively. Other options include burgers, prime rib, fried shrimp and baked lasagna.
Liquid consumption: Fox's currently has a small selection of draft beers including options from Oregon's Deschutes Brewery and Lyons' BuckleDown Brewing. This month, the bar plans to add 26 more draft lines to expand its craft selection with the goal of pouring brews that pair well with its food as it gears up for football season. An expanded wine list and cocktail menu are also in the works. You can take advantage of a discount on the current selection with $3.50 glasses of house wine Wednesday and Thursday and $4 margaritas on Sunday.
Parking: The mall's free lot has plenty of spots.
Overall: Fox's Pub offers a casual place for a meal and drinks.