Hub 51 peaked my interest during ChicagoNow’s restaurant week, January 24 to February 6. Creators R.J. and Jerrod Melman created a menu with “food we like to eat,” including classics like burgers and tacos, then added a creative twist with sushi, salads and steak.
Weekday and weekend alike, Hub 51 brims with activity. The restaurant has a large bar area, but reserving a table in the dining room is wise. When looking for a high-energy spot to grab a couple drinks and a bite, head just one block west of State Street in Chicago.
We enjoyed the Asian Chicken Chopped Salad, Dry-Rubbed Ribs and, surprisingly, the Loaded Baked Potato Debris. I overcame my potato animosity and tried the last dish, and to my surprise, Hub 51 pulled it off. A relatively cheap option for the location, Hub 51 is perfect for friends or coworkers to engage in a bustling environment.
Another option is to visit Sub 51, the nightclub downstairs.
Hub 51 is a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, as you may have pieced together with the Melman family name. LEYE is a national restaurant group with a frequent dining program, so sign up to accumulate points!
51 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60654