As Seen on Positively Naperville…


By: Jack Morrissey

My next foodie adventure took me to The Wise Boxer Pour House, located at 16 W. Jefferson Ave. This experience was a first time for both my mom and me since the restaurant just opened in June.
When you walk in you are immediately greeted by a friendly hostess asking your preference for seating.

The Pour House has three floors and on the third floor there is rooftop seating. My mom and I choose a booth on the third floor. We enjoyed the pub atmosphere with numerous TVs that had either baseball or ESPN on them.

Our waitress was friendly and very prompt. Our service was A-rated. The menu has a great selection of appetizers and main courses ranging from $8 to $31.

For starters we choose the Godfather Flatbread prepared with fresh buffalo mozzarella, crispy pancetta, Roma tomatoes, caramelized balsamic onion and fresh basil. The bread was baked to perfection and the taste combo was perfect. The waitress told us this was one of the restaurant’s best sellers. I definitely will order that again.

For the main course I choose the Juicy Lucy, their seasoned burger patty stuffed with bacon, cheddar and American cheese served with caramelized onions. The burger was juicy and with every bite I tasted something different and really enjoyed the flavoring of the sweet onions. It had a smoky flavor which we thought was from the combination of the bacon and their special seasoning. Delicious down to the last bite!

My mom ordered the Roma Risotto which is seasoned Italian sausage, garlic portabella mushrooms and sweet onions. It was delicious – full of flavor, but not overpowering.

We were going to order the chicken kabobs, one of my favorite dishes from the former Raffi’s on Fifth. I was so happy to see it on the menu, but we were full and I needed to save room for dessert.

For dessert I had the Espresso Napoleon, puff pastry topped with an espresso marscapone filling and finished with ganache and caramel topping. I give The Wise Boxer two thumbs up! I definitely will be back.

Please stop in and see them and tell them Jack the foodie sent you!

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