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Restaurant Review — Goal!: Junction

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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:00 am

It’s Friday night, and two big games are airing on multiple screens hung around Junction, the Railyard sports bar and restaurant located off Guadalupe Street. On some screens, the Heat, destined to return to the NBA finals, are overwhelming the Pacers. On others, Chicago, down three games to two, is skating for its life against Los Angeles, a chance at the Stanley Cup hanging in the balance. No sports announcer can be heard. Instead, a recording of David Bowie singing “Let’s Dance” is playing in the background —  the sound punctuated by the occasional clack of colliding billiard balls from the pool tables on the mezzanine. It doesn’t seem that anyone is paying attention to the sporting contests until Chicago scores a late goal and several patrons in the crowded room cheer. At our booth — I’m a Kings fan — we can barely hear our server ask if we’d like anything else. She’s something of an athlete herself, running from table to table, trying to keep people happy.

Junction — with its team banners, emphasis on beer and cocktails, and a menu that lists nachos, wings, quesadillas, and other fan favorites — fits the sports bar criteria to a T. But the specials go beyond the usual sports-bar fare. How many places where fans gather to drink and cheer offer roasted duck, a beet and arugula salad, quinoa with squash and kale, and a caponata sandwich in addition to a bowl of steamed mussels, even if those mussels are steamed in beer? The mussels are delicious, by the way, a touch of roasted tomato giving flavor to the rich, slightly tart and salty broth. They made the Blackhawks go-ahead goal easier to swallow.

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