The glaring lack of country bars in Wicker Park may not be something you've ever noticed.
We didn't either, but we're glad it's been rectified.
Delivering a bit of Austin, Texas to Milwaukee Avenue is the new High Noon Saloon, a place where you can wear your cowboy snap shirts with pride. And find a lot of whiskey.
Inside, black-and-white photos and tufted leather banquettes surround butcher-block tables and a bar made from reclaimed barn wood. Think Maverick, just without crazy Mel. Or poker. Or tuberculosis (we hope).
As if transplanted from a Sixth Street diner during a late-night SXSW outing, the Tex Mex-inspired menu features homemade tamales, fajitas, and tacos, as well as the aptly-entitled Outlaw Burger, with downright criminal portions of chihuahua cheese and chipotle mayo layered over a lamb and beef patty.
And what rugged cowboy wouldn't stop the cattle drive for acai margaritas. Lasso your lass for brunch to fuel up on huevos benedictos, chilaquiles, and breakfast burritos.
Nothing here is more authentically Southern than the 30 varieties of tequila and mescal, as well as their 50-deep collection of bourbons to make you forget you are north of the Mason-Dixon Line — not to mention margaritas, cocktails, and 40 craft beers.
Sometimes you never know a void existed until it's been filled.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Blue Line to Damen
Scene: A place where you can finally pull off your non-ironic cowboy boots
Best bets: Roasted red potato burrito; Outlaw Burger; deep-fried ice cream
Nearby: Piece Brewery & Pizzeria; Big Star; Trenchermen