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The Early Word on Howells & Hood

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With its massive dining space and extensive draft selection, Howells & Hood's reputation is certainly fit for its epic location in of one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, the Tribune Tower. It's now been a little under two months since the opening and, understandably, there are still some kinks to be worked out regarding spotty service and certain menu items. Here's the early word on Howells & Hood:

The Ambiance News: A Foursquare user is a big fan of the atmosphere: "Great place to grab a drink, enjoy Michigan Ave people watching with a fabulous fire to warm your fingers." [Foursquare]

The Locavore News: Over at, food critic Mike Sula is disappointed with the quality of certain seasonal menu items: "Maybe when the season actually aligns with what's on the menu, the kitchen will live up to its dubious promises of locality and seasonality. Until then, let's not pretend Howells & Hood is anything more than an impressively stocked bar." [CR]

The Noise News: Many Yelp reviewers have taken issue with the combination of the crowd and the large, echoey space: "The problem with this place? It's LOUD! Our server was screaming the specials to us and just trying to talk across the booth to each other was a challenge." [Yelp]

The Delicious News: An OpenTable user raves about the lobster roll: "I have been on a lobster sandwich tasting binge. Howells & Hood is right up there with a perfect open topped buttered, toasted bun. The lobster is great - lightly dressed - no heaps of mayo to overpower it." [OT]

The Beer News: The folks at comment on the impressive and extensive beer selection: "[There's] 360 – again, yes, that's three hundred and sixty – draft lines. The 120 taps are nearly entirely craft brew. First, let's take a moment to acknowledge the pure balls of it: Dropping a craft beer-centric restaurant right in the heart of Michigan Avenue in one of the city's most recognizable buildings in Chicago...and offering more tap handles than arguably any other place in the world takes some serious stones. So credit where credit is due." [GDB]

The Private Party News: Yelp is abuzz with the potential of the space: "I'm certain it will be a great place for companies to book their lunches and private dinners or for colleagues to get together for happy hour on the lovely patio space in nice weather. It's gorgeous. They also have one of most beautiful indoor/outdoor private spaces up on the 25th floor that I know will be hit. There's nothing in the city like that space looking directly at Wrigley Building, Trump and, in the background, Sears Tower. Nothing like it." [Yelp]

· All Howells & Hood Coverage [~EChi~]
· Howells & Hood [Official Website]

Howells & Hood

435 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 262-5310 Visit Website

Howells & Hood

435 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

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