There is a popular restaurant and sports bar open in the northwest suburbs of Chicago that I didn’t even know existed until a couple of weeks ago. I was missing out, indeed! In fact, I was so impressed by the hospitality of this father and son establishment that I told them I’d write a rave review . . .
TJ O’Brien’s Bar and Grill is a cozy restaurant and sports bar that serves contemporary Irish American fare, including a to-write-home-about comforting Shepherd’s pie (I tried this!), satisfying pizza (I indulged on this as well), huge hamburgers, and the juiciest beef sandwiches this side of ChiTown. Prices are extremely reasonable on top of their good taste; they are open for lunch and dinner and even offer catering.
O’Brien’s atmosphere is friendly while roomy enough to mingle with friends. A sports bar with flat screen televisions greets patrons when they first walk in while, along the side, a homier room that includes a mantled fireplace and pool table is open for quieter dining and mingling. I personally appreciated the welcome ambiance of this room.
Every single person who works at TJ’s makes you feel right at home, as if they’ve known you forever as soon as you walk in. James O’Brien, one of the owners, is in almost every day; he’s constantly moving from patron to table to patron, ensuring everyone’s satisfaction with food and service. TJ’s hosts fun neighborhood parties such as their now annual Halloween costume parties, Christmas Eve Eve celebrations, snow days commemorations and, of course, get togethers centered around popular sports events.
TJ’s recently added regular live entertainment to their establishment. For instance, every other Thursday evening at 9pm, live music is offered. Local, soon-to-be famous, rockstar Darryl Markette (Darryl Markette Music) is a regular performer. Stop by for a great chance to unwind and catch up with dear friends.
TJ O’Brien’s is located at 53 W. Slade Street in Palatine, Illinois, conveniently just off the Metra tracks, at 847.468.7468. Go for the deliciously authentic Irish fare and stay for the friendly atmosphere and entertainment. It won’t be your last stop . . . .
A+ to TJ OBrien’s for sweetly satisfying food, high quality local entertainment and welcoming, neighborhood ambiance!!