My gawd, behold the Skylark Burger: big and juicy, topped with a dollop of tangy slaw, cheddar cheese, and beer-battered onion rings, and accompanied by an ample portion of supercrispy seasoned tater tots. These people know how to accessorize some grilled meat. The big bowl of mac n cheese is worthy too. Rotating specials include a panko-crusted chicken breast with portobello mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and a side salad and Fridays regular fish-and-chips. This is better than bar foodits great food that happens to be served in a bar. Cash only.
Fitting nicely into its rather desolate industrial surroundings, Skylark is a relatively no-frills neighborhood bar delivering something much more than a neighborhood-bar experience. The spot—co-owned by the same principals as the Ukrainian Village institution Rainbo—serves better-than-average bar food, including its famous tater tots, late every evening. There are 20 beers on tap, with many more in bottles, and nearly all of them fall into the very reasonable four- to five-dollar range. —Peter Margasak