Necessity is the mother of invention, or so the saying goes, and great eats can certainly enter the realm of “necessary” when you’re bellied to the bar. 4 Hands Brewing Co. is well-known for frequently hosting food trucks, with hungry patrons of the LaSalle Park brewery lining up on Eighth Street for an array of eclectic fare. But owner Kevin Lemp wanted to offer his patrons food on a steadier basis.
Enter David Bailey and The Fifth Wheel. Known for his creative approach to local restaurants, Bailey crafted a menu of sophisticated bar food for this new outpost. Choose from updated, beer-friendly favorites like wings with a peach-habanero sauce. Chips are given a dip in rarebit that’s spiked with Reprise Centennial Red. You can munch on nachos piled with smoked-tomato chutney, Cheddar, jalapeños, pico and sour cream. There are a number of sandwiches to choose from as well. We like the Spicy BLT topped with a fried egg or the Veg with smoked onions, criminis, roasted tomato, bell peppers, Swiss cheese and zucchini with lemon mayo. And fans of pâté will want to order the charcuterie platter with chicken-liver mousse, poached cherries and summer sausage. The bamboo utensils are a great eco-friendly touch that feels modern and casual, just like the inspired pairing of 4 Hands and The Fifth Wheel.