260 Sports Bar
260 W. 26th St., 3rd Floor 312-706-8100
Rating: 2.5 (out of 4) Take it or leave it

While Wrigleyville seems to get a new crop of openings and facelifts every season, it’s rare to see new options around U.S. Cellular Field. So when the family behind local restaurant chain Ricobene’s announced that they’d turned part of the Bridgeport location into a sports bar, we started counting down to baseball season so we could take a look.

Unless you’re familiar with the neighborhood … be sure to Google Map before you head out. My party and I thought we had our directions down pat and still barely made it. Canal vs. Canalport? Tricky. If you have the option, drive—there’s plenty of free parking in the under-the-highway lot across the street.

May I suggest not wearing
… a belt. Or forgetting your heartburn meds. This spot does not skimp when it comes to grease, fat and all things deliciously terrible. The plates aren’t fancy, but they are definitely heavy. This place may be a dieter’s worst nightmare. Your best bet, the 260 house salad ($6.50), was flavorful, but huge and not lacking in cheese crumbles.

When it comes to bar food … these guys know the drill: nachos, burgers, fried stuff. The hot wings ($8) were a good portion for the price, but were nothing special. The Italian nachos ($8), piled with cheese, Italian sausage, red peppers, grilled onions, olives and sour cream, were an interesting twist on the classic, but ultimately a little too greasy for our party of three to finish. The burgers are available with upgrades including the heart-stopping combination of prosciutto, red peppers, basil and feta cheese ($9.50). Painful, but delicious.

Check your snobbery at the door
… if you want to enjoy a night at this spot. The beer choices and drink mixing (we could have used a little more tonic with that gin and tonic) aren’t stellar, but if you’re looking for a solid sports-watching spot, you can’t totally strike out here. With TVs and memorabilia covering nearly every open wall spot, the Chicago theme (White Sox heavy) is not subtle. Just the way you want a sports bar.

Bottom line:
While it’s easy to dismiss 260 Sports Bar as a nothing-out-of-the-ordinary sports bar, let’s face it—that’s exactly what some people are looking for. No fuss, good burgers (pretzel rolls available) and fellow fans. Although the spot hasn’t been too crowded so far, be on the lookout for more White Sox fans (and maybe even a few families) to be filling up the tables and booths once baseball season gets into full swing.