Midwest Living Review
Say you have a taste for a frosty pint of banana-bread beer and a congenial, "Cheers"-like atmosphere under a setting sun. Then head to the beer wunderland known as Palmer Place Restaurant and Biergarten in suburban La Grange (15 miles southwest of the Loop). A backyard garden teems with umbrella-shaded tables, while a 260-seat rooftop terrace overlooks downtown La Grange. Among the many dining rooms is one with a fireplace -- a cozy nook in winter. This 28-year-old place is always packed, maybe because it feels like everybody knows your name, even if they don't. Don't know beer and lager from ale and stout? Owners Phil and Steve Palmer are happy to explain the differences between the likes of Pendle Witches Brew and Belgium Brewing Skinny Dip. You'll also find household names among the 36 on-tap and 250 bottled selections. Of course, good beer calls for good pub grub. Among the most popular is Palmer's Famous Half Pound Cheeseburger with a choice of nine kinds of cheese and served on brioche bread, onion roll or dark rye bread. Burgers are cooked-to-order, charbroiled Angus beef, and served hot and juicy.