2015 02 04 FountainheadOne of the many reasons I left Evansville, IN to buy real estate in Chicago was so I could see my sister and brother-in-law more. Emilie and Sean are expecting a baby in early February, and soon I will be an aunt. It will be my parents’ first grandchild. We are all very excited.

Since my move here in mid-December, Emilie and Sean and I have been planning once-per-week meals, either at our respective homes (their condo in West Lakeview, my condo in Lincoln Square) or at a restaurant to catch up on our weeks and on each other.

Tonight, we headed to The Fountainhead at the corner of Damen and Montrose avenues in the heart of Ravenswood, Lincoln Square and North Center neighborhoods. Emilie arrived first and had plenty of time to peruse the detailed beer menu. When Sean and I arrived, it took some time to make our selections. He and I both, independently, decided to try the La Trappe Dubbel from Tilburg in the Netherlands. This beer had 7 percent alcohol and was $9. It had a rich, malty flavor with a touch of sweetness. It was smooth and had body yet was still very flavorful. I’d definitely get it again.

As an appetizer, we all three shared the mushroom quinoa risotto with Parmesan and roasted butternut squash with kale and cranberries dishes. Both were unique and very flavorful. These two dishes were from the special menu.

For our entrees, we each went our separate ways. Emilie tried the tasty veggie burger, while Sean had the short ribs. I decided to try the turkey meatloaf with Gruyere mashed potatoes and creamed kale. They were all tasty.

Even on a Thursday night in the dead of winter, The Fountainhead had an excellent ambiance. It was busy, yet the service was steady and responsive, and our booth near the door gave us a view of the expansive bar selections. I’m planning on telling some of my suburban friends who love to brew beer about this place, and Sean and Emilie were impressed by the menu and beer selections, too. We all three plan to return. For more information, visit

Victoria Grabner

Victoria Grabner


Victoria Marty has written for newspapers and magazines for more than 15 years and recently moved to the Lincoln Square, Chicago area. A frequent runner who loves learning and exploring new places, she has perfected the art of getting lost while simultaneously finding unique landmarks, boutiques and out-of-the-way nooks worth writing about. Her blogs are geared toward the newly transplanted who want to learn as much about Chicago as they can, as quickly as possible.

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