John Manilo has been at 1200 W Webster Ave for over 20 years with Johnís Place, a casual neighborhood restaurant. John really loved being a part of the neighborhood, and in 2014 realized that the area had the opportunity for a restaurant with a bit more elevated food without being pretentious or stuffy. While wanting to still keep the neighborhood and tavern feel, John rebranded and remodeled in December of 2014 and established White Oak Tavern and Inn. John still owns and operates his second (and now only) Johnís Place restaurant in Roscoe Village. The Name White Oak Tavern and Inn comes from the 3,200 square foot guest house above the restaurant. The guest house has four bedrooms and sleeps eight to ten people. ìThere are plenty of people visiting families in the neighborhood for weddings and other celebrations, so people rent out the Inn upstairs for a nice convenient location without having to stay downtown, far away from their family and friends,î explained Michael, the General Manager at White Oak Tavern and Inn. White Oak Tavern and Inn is a seasonal farm to table restaurant. Chef Tom VanLente has been with White Oak since November 2015 and customers rave about his refined rustic approach to food. Chef Tom went to DePaul University right down the street and actually lived around the corner, so he is very familiar and embraces the neighborhood. Chef Tom takes care in knowing the farmers and producers so he can cook with the best quality ingredients. White Oak Tavern and Inn has a wonderful cocktail program that changes with the seasons. The spring brings fruit driven drinks with bright flavors, and in the winter months enjoy dark cozy spirits. Since the beginning, the Crispy Pork has always been a crowd favorite. The pork shoulder is slow cooked overnight, then lightly dusted in cornstarch and flash fried. The skin is nice and crispy but it is moist and tender in the middle. Topped with their soy and honey glaze and served over kimchi aioli with a cilantro, mint, watermelon, and radish salad. ìThere would be a mild revolt if we ever took it off the menu,î Michael said with a laugh. Be sure to enjoy patio season in Chicago on one of White Oak Tavern and Innís two wonderful outdoor sidewalk cafes for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
1200 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614