AMK Kitchen Bar | Wicker Park/Bucktown | Craft Beer, American, Contemporary/Regional | Bar
Generically hip Bucktown spot serving 50 craft beers and comfort foods like Dorito pie and turducken meatballs.

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AMK Kitchen Bar's website describes its concept as "classic American comfort food with a Bucktown twist." I'm not entirely sure what a Bucktown twist is, but I suspect that it's reflected in the exposed brick walls, garage-door front (open when the weather allows), whiskey bar, and extensive beer list. While everything seemed sort of generically hip, the space is warm (on a 90-degree day, quite literally) and welcoming, service is attentive, and the food as comforting as can be. Comfort food isn't always appealing when it's hot and humid, but that didn't stop us from loading up on cheese, meat, fried stuff, and carbs of all kinds. (Actually, that describes most of the menu apart from a few salads.) Some of the menu items seem a little gimmicky—Dorito pie, for example, or "turducken" meatballs—so naturally, we ordered them. The first, Cool Ranch Doritos topped with chili, cheddar, sour cream, and pico de gallo, was the kind of late-night food every drunk deserves. We didn't have room for dessert, but the Night Cap—a cocktail of Templeton rye, raspberry Luxardo, and plum bitters—makes a fine substitute.

Julia Thiel

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