Permanently Closed - Analogue

4.3
92 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cajun

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Analogue is a lounge-style restaurant and bar that serves a variety of Cajun dishes and craft brews. The restaurant sports a casual interior with wood floors and exposed brick walls. During the day, guests can enjoy natural lighting from large windows while at night the restaurant is dimly lit providing a relaxed vibe. There's also an outdoor patio where guests can be seated when the weather is nice. Analogue is a great place to meet up with friends or grab some drinks on a casual date.

Begin the meal with an appetizer like smoked fish dip and a basket of fresh biscuits or French fries. For the main course, try a dish like the fried chicken sandwich served with tangy coleslaw, gumbo served with potato salad or catfish piquant. Finish the meal at Analogue with an order of bread pudding made with a hint of rum.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Cajun, Creole, Southern
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 1:00am
Closed Mondays
Dinner menu: Tuesday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch menu: Saturday & Sunday 11am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 246-5320
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alfredo Nogueira
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sacramento
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Public transit
Logan Square Blue Line
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Special events & promotions
Tuesday night Chicken Dinner!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

Analogue serves great Cajun food in a casual yet cool cocktail bar setting. Cocktails and Cajun food may seem unlikely, but it's a great combination.

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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.2
service
4.0
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were seated and then utterly ignored for at least 20 minutes. In a very friendly manner, I addressed the gentleman who finally saw fit to pour us some water and he literally did not say a word. He poured, turned, and walked away. The appetizer was forgettable crap you could find at any Chilli's or TGI Fridays. And my entree, the gumbo, was the most soulless, bland, bloodless excuse for cajun cuisine I have ever experienced. And no amount of salt or what passed for hot sauce there could fix it. My girlfriend's meal, the etouffee, was better, but much too small to share. She had two rum and Cokes and I had two Miller High Lifes and we were out of there for just under $80 including a bare minimum tip our server did not deserve. Eighty dollars for one decent meal and a few drinks. This place seemed emblematic of the Logan Square, too-cool-for-school zeitgeist which suggests that if you are dining in this hipster nirvana on cutesy tid-bits dwarfed by the plates they arrive on, served by under-dressed pukes of indeterminate gender you must be having a good time. When the check arrived, suddenly we were the center of attention. Multiple waitstaff bustling around our table hurriedly fetching our credit card and returning quickly for the signature. A truly appalling dinner experience that thankfully, I will never, ever have to repeat.

EJ
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their service and food is always great. On Tuesdays they have a fried chicken special that is totally worth a trip!

NS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I loved my "Psycho Friend" cocktail with basil-infused vodka (a spot-on recommendation by our server). Plus, I could eat that fish dip every day of my life.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Gumbo, and the pork shoulder was incredible! Not to mention great cocktails all at a pretty reasonable price.

DL
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The back outdoor seating is the place to be. Inside is a little crowded and not nearly as comfortable.

The cocktails are excellent. Really fine, well made, and unusual. The food is just the right amount of spicy. Not the burn you dead spice I associate with Cajun food, just well blended heat.

My shrimp po' boy was perfection. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. The vegetarian dish was incredible - I'd never miss meat with that plate. Whole cooked fish was cooked perfectly.

The oysters were a little over sauced - tons of cheese, garlic, and sauce. They tasted more like escargot than oysters.

Service was super pleasant and efficient, until they got busy and we were on dessert. And then it felt like Italy, no waiter to be found. And they didn't have espresso or coffee.

Still loved the place and would go back.

D
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The appetizers were outstanding. We shared 3 of them amongst 4 of us and we all enjoyed them tremendously.
The gumbo was over cooked and it mybe from burning the rue. Chef needs to look at lighting it up and letting the flavors out vs the burn taste.
But all other entrées were solid.

Service was good. Although all the servers knowledge of the menu wasn't on par for some of the simplest questions of explanation.

The bar had a chalkenge with both beer and cocktails for the entire evening. An understanding of an IPA vs a Pilsner just wasn't available to anyone there. But with some suttle coaching I was able to get the beer I wanted.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was wildly underwhelming. My $11 blackened fish sandwich seemed more like piece of processed fish from the freezer aisle, on a ten cent wonder brand bun, and smothered in Kraft tartar sauce- all of which are things I can do at home.

The specialty drinks were nice though.

S
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Sophisticated, delicious, and private-feeling.

k
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was a treat to visit Analogue one last time while the menu is still the brainchild of Chef Alfredo, but without him and Robby there, it just doesn't feel the same. This place has been a refuse for me as a Southerner living in Chicago. Robby's Ramos Gin Fizz is the best I've ever had, and that includes the ones I've had in New Orleans, and Alfredo makes food just like what I had growing up with my dad's Cajun cooking. I am completely distraught that they are leaving because Analogue was hands down the best place to get real Southern food in Chicago, and it was done without offensive gimmicks or cheesy decor.

This was likely my last visit to Analogue, a place I've loved dearly for the past two years. It just doesn't feel right for them to keep the name without the creative geniuses behind it. (That would be like calling a Graham Elliot restaurant "Graham Elliot" without having GE himself working on the menu.) Analogue has built up their reputation due to the hard work put in by Alfredo, Robby, and Henry. The name Analogue and the goodwill behind that name should stay with those three people. I'm truly sad to lose their input at this neighborhood gem, but I look forward to following them wherever they go. I'd like to say that I'll try to give Analogue a fair try under the new regime, but after 10 years of searching for real, quality Southern food in Chicago, I have a hard time believing anyone can do as well as the original, founding Analogue team. They filled a much-needed gap in the Chicago restaurant scene, and I hope they find a way to fill that same gap again sometime in the near future.

BO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Very friendly staff who took the time to explain and recommend drinks. Went early on a Friday to avoid the crowd. Blackened fish and pork shoulder sandwiches were excellent.

F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

A bit pricey at $75 all-in for two drinks, 1 appetizer, and two bowls of gumbo/etoufee. The Gumbo and Etoufee were outstanding, certainly better than Heaven on Seven (which is not all that difficult). The roux was perfect, the portions generous, and the crayfish fresh and cooked perfectly. Pass on all the pates. They were surprisingly dried out which is a shame because they had rabbit, duck, and ham rillettes. The service was very disappointing. With only two tables serving at the time with two servers, one runner, and a barkeep, there was just no hospitality in the place. Get this -- the barman on break eating in the dining area! My sense is that they just really didn't care, have any pride in their product or maybe they were trying to do a '60s thing on us. But the talent was clearly in the kitchen. So go for the food; not for the service.

s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was solid, I wouldn't hesitate to eat there again - our group enjoyed the biscuits, country ham, etoufee and a shrimp po boy. The real star of the evening however were the cocktails. Flight risk and The More You Learn cocktails were delish, among others.

RI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here before. It is a smaller restaurant, but nice for a friends date or an intimate dinner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was good, but the servings were pretty small and the prices pretty high (3 small biscuits cost $7). I didn't feel we got much bang for our buck, and since there was terribly dim lighting and really loud music, we didn't feel the ambiance was worth paying more for. Not really a place where you can go enjoy a long meal over good conversation.

SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mother's Day Brunch. Relaxed atmosphere. Beignets were so light and fluffy.

CM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I love the food here especially as a Louisiana transplant. However, they must work on the dining area. A special event was held at the restaurant this weekend; thus, leaving the main dining room without enough tables. Not acceptable especially as I had reservations so I would not have to sit at a high table.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My partner and I went to Analogue for our anniversary because we wanted something nice but low-key, and this definitely met that vibe. We're fans of cajun food, and this hit the spot. Our cocktails were great (Sazerac & New Money) and were jsut the right amount of boozy and flavorful. We really enjoyed the pimento spread, and were excited about the variety of veggies (cauliflower and okra, in addition to several kinds of onions, and bread & butter style cucumber) we received in the pickle selection. My only wish is that there was more of the pepper jelly mentioned in the menu. We received just a tiny bit hiding under the pimento spread. We also enjoyed the boudin, as well as the rabbit terrine. For our entree we shared the crawfish etoufee and found it to be creamy and delicious. The music was playing fairly loud, which kind of inhibited conversation. There also seemed to be an overload of bussers, and they were very quick to ask if they could clear things - almost too quick! I felt a little embarrassed to say I was still working on those pickles, and at one point there were literally 3 different people clearing things off our table at once. Overall, we really enjoyed the place and would go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Cajun dishes elevated

2
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a very friendly and outgoing waitress who was accommodating, helpful and patient. Our waitress described everything to a tee. The crawfish etoufee was a good size and very good. I tasted my friends bread pudding and I don't typically like bread pudding but it was very good. I would definitely return for the food and laid back atmosphere.

J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious Cajun and Cocktails. This is a small restaurant, so it may be hard to get a larger group in the door. It's a bit pricey, but the food and drinks are great!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was super loud and the music was equally loud. But the food was goood

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went here with some friends on a Friday evening. I made reservations for five and we were seated at a large sectional couch/booth towards the back. Maybe because we were the largest group they were expecting? The place was not very full, which was odd for a Friday.

The food and drinks were delicious. I had the Red Beans & Rice; I can't recall the name of the drink. Everyone else loved their dishes, too.

One thing to note is that the dishes are not very large. (They would be a normal recommended serving, not the giant servings we are used to at American restaurants.)

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were amazing though it does get pretty loud as the place gets more crowded. Overall great experience and I would recommend this to anyone who loves Cajun food.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and the cocktail were amazing. Had a wonderful evening with my two friends.

JS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, Excellent service, great bar!

Will definitely be back!

Not the easiest place to find - not much signage almost drove right by.

CM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a native Louisianan, this place hits all of the high notes. Crawfish roll, café du monde coffee, and beignets. I cannot wait to return! Oh and they provided a complimentary Creole cake for my husband's birthday. He LOVED it!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

OMG! Food was outstanding. Etouffee and catfish were outstanding. You must have the bread pudding - it was the best we have ever had! Service was great. Very homey great neighborhood restaurant. Biscuits are a must!

HC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tender oysters in the poor boy sandwich were delightful!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp poboy was the best I've had outside of New Orleans.

C
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely brunch last Sunday. We tried the Chicken Sliders with gravy. Wish there was more gravy. And the French toast. Yum yum! Coffee was delish and service was quick and delightful.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you like a twist on Cajun food then you have to try this place. The food was amazing. Smaller portions, but packed with flavor. I will be back for sure!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Went to Analogue for the first time based on recommendation from friends, and loved it. The food was sensational, wonderful cocktails, great lively vibe, and super friendly wait staff. Definitely recommended.

FM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Analogue quite a few times, but this was my first time for drinks. As always, the cocktail program is pretty spot on. The menu is helpful, with fun emoticons to let you know what to expect when you order a drink. The wait staff has always been great every time I've come here, and this time was no exception. I bought the fried chicken sandwich for my dinner, as I just read it was one of the best fried chicken dishes in the city, and I have to say that I agree. The breading was great, just the right enough, not too thin and not too thick. The chicken was absolutely succulent, wonderfully juicy, and overall, a top notch experience, especially for me to rave so much over just a sandwich. That said... the food is pretty expensive for small portions (at least by American, and especially Chicago, standards). My brother got the Chicken and Dumplings, and it was also small. He said it was delicious, but I didn't sample. Overall, I do recommend this place for food if you're ok with shelling out some money. It's definitely good, but don't expect to be full without spending some dough. If you are looking for just drinks, then I can't recommend this place highly enough. It is definitely a great place for a craft cocktail, for the experienced and the neophyte alike.

u
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great bar with great food. My go to place for Sazeracs and authentic creole food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cocktails were great and the food absolutely delicious. We had the biscuits & barbecue shrimp which were both excellent. The staff was friendly and attentive. Will definitely be returning there soon.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken sandwich was incredible. Everyone I went with loved their food. Amazing place!

TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty brunch! I am definitely coming back for some more.

J
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found restaurant via search on internet. We were very excited to try their lunch menu and booked the reservation. The we were a bit disappointed when we realized that it was a limited brunch menu and almost canceled the reservation. We are so glad that we didn't as the limited menu options were fabulous. We had the Crawfish Rolls, Ramen Bowl and the Chicken Sliders. We also had Bloody Mary's and a few of their craft cocktails. It was perfect meal and now we want to come back for dinner. Our server was terrific and very knowledgeable about the menu and helped make decisions on what to eat. The chef stopped out to check on us as well as another staff member.

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter brought wrong drink after taking copious notes. Food was OK- not a lot of it and quite pricey. Nothing special.

Z
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty brunch! We will be back for dinner for sure. Bar was a little slow but that was the only thing that was off. We received our brunch dishes before our cocktails which were ordered at least ten minutes before. Other than that really nice experience.

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