A Chicago Pork & Whiskey Tour
Ribs, bacon, bourbon and beyond...
We've got the low down on everything with bacon you should eat at DMK's BBQ joint, including this bacon, onion and potato parfait.
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County BBQ (Taylor and Racine)
Bacon parfait at County BBQ in Little Italy - Chicago
Bacon parfait at County BBQ in Little Italy-Everything with bacon you should eat at DMK's BBQ joint
Everything with bacon you should eat at DMK's BBQ joint
If Chipotle had a baby with a BBQ joint, Blackwood BBQ and its mix-and-match counter-service would be the result. We recommend the pulled pork with Chicago sauce, sweet cheddar cornbread, and cole slaw.
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If Chipotle had a baby with a BBQ joint...
Tommy Knuckles Tavern & Lounge
Tommy Knuckles' The Zeitgeist (whiskey, blue Curacao, lemon, bitters) appropriately translates to “the spirit of the time”, the time in this case being happy hour.
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Dip into Gallery Bar's Swimming Pig, jumbo shrimp, pork belly, garlic-chile rice noodles, and mango gastrique.
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Dip into Gallery Bar's Swimming Pig, jumbo shrimp, pork belly, garlic-chile rice noodles, and mango gastrique. - Chicago
Gallery Bar - Admire beer cocktails & pork-packed street food
Admire beer cocktails & pork-packed street food
Pair cocktails with arcade games at Headquarters Beercade. We recommend The Avengers & The Brooklyner--a combo of rye, sweet vermouth, and Angostura.
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Pair cocktails with arcade games at Headquarters Beercade. We recommend The Avengers The Brooklyner--a combo of rye, sweet vermouth, and Angostura.
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Homestead on the Roof
Homestead's The Weston: a bourbon cocktail with Dark Matter coffee essence coated in pipe-tobacco spray.
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25 Degrees Restaurant
Sample 25 Degrees' Salty Caramel with Maker's Mark, butterscotch, and Hawaiian red sea salt.
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I like milkshakes. I also like booze...25 Degrees (in River North) combines both these loves in their awesome spiked shakes! Salty caramel bananas foster shake is a fave!
Smalls brines their pork in garlic, jalapeno, brown sugar, and Squirt, then smokes it for 12hrs, and serves it with green papaya slaw accompanied by five-spice frites and your choice of Sriracha mayo, bacon mustard, or banana ketchup.
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Smalls: Pulled pork sandwich at Smalls BBQ in Irving Park-Bacon sausage, bacon mustard & more porky goodness from a Filipino smoke shack
Bacon sausage, bacon mustard & more porky goodness from a Filipino smoke shack. Small's 4009 N Albany Ave
Smalls - This Filipino smoke shack knows how to use bacon
Bacon, lettuce, & tomato fans must try the chicken skin BLT at Lillie’s Q in Wicker Park...
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OMG Sounds so good! - Bacon, lettuce, & tomato fans must try the chicken skin BLT at Lillie’s Q in Wicker Park...
Old Fifth boasts a wall of over 140 varieties of whiskey...
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Old Fifth boasts a wall of over 140 varieties of whiskey...(Chicago)
Double-decker pizza and wall-to-wall whiskey
The Berkshire Room
The Berkshire Room offers 200+ whiskeys offered (including a secret off-menu reserve list).
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Pappy Van Winkle-barreled cocktails and bourbon ice cream at The Berkshire Room
2013 was an AWESOME year for us, especially with the opening of The Berkshire Room. Have you checked them out yet? (image via Thriller)
Chicago Whiskey Bars
Pappy Van Winkle-barreled cocktails and bourbon ice cream
Cone Gourmet Ice Cream
Irish creamery Cone serves up a Jameson milkshake topped with homemade whipped cream, caramel, and a cherry. Boozeshakes are the best.
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The Bentley Tavern
Behold: Bentley Tavern's Bentley Burger--layers of grass-fed beef, pork belly, 8yr-aged cheddar, chanterelles, house-made pickles, and some veggies (sigh, fine!) on a pretzel roll.
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Bentley Tavern (Southport and Diversey)
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The NOSH at Wicker Park
Mixteco Grill’s pork torta is packed with black beans, poblano, red onions marinated in orange juice, chipotle mayonnaise, and habaneros. As Ken Griffey Jr. might say, “It’s like there’s a party in my mouth and everyone’s invited,” but probably not in one take.
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Polanco Classic Latino Steakhouse
Polanco's Pork Wings (actually a shank cooked carnitas-style) are just one stop on our Nose-to-Tail pork guide of Chicago!
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Eat your way around Chicago with this nose-to-tail pork guide
Served in custom glasses, the Dusek's punch mixes bourbon, lemon, raw sugar, dark ale, and nutmeg.
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Served in custom glasses, the Dusek's punch mixes bourbon, lemon, raw sugar, dark ale, and nutmeg. #cocktail
Bowls of booze & beer-backed bites from the Longman & Eagle folks
Honky Tonk BBQ
As you work your way up to Honky Tonk’s slow-smoked pulled pork, the perfect pig gateway drug is a plate of maple syrup-coated, thick-cut pork belly...aka Bacon Candy.
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Pickle tots & bacon candy: Chicago's best bar snacks
The Dawson in West Loop serves up Pigs in a Blanket made with Mandarin-style pork sausage, bao, and spicy mustard.
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The Dawson in West Loop serves up Pigs in a Blanket made with Mandarin-style pork sausage, bao, and spicy mustard. - Chicago
Two floors of cocktails and comfort food from a Next vet
Sample some made-in-Chi whiskey at the Koval Distillery in Ravenswood.
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Sip on a Manhattan in Room 13...a secret speakeasy under the Old Chicago Inn.
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@Peter de Guzman Sip on a Manhattan in Room 13...a secret speakeasy under the Old Chicago Inn.
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Mr. Spanky's is a meat haven in Bridgeport.
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A meat haven in Bridgeport
The Haute & The Dog
The Haute & The Dog's Green Chili Mac & Cheese Dog combines Albuquerque flavor with a quintessential comfort food...You won't believe the toppings this place has for their tube steaks.
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The Haute & The Dog's Green Chili Mac & Cheese Dog combines Albuquerque flavor with a quintessential comfort food...You won't believe the toppings this place has for their tube steaks. - Chicago
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The Haute & The Dog
A must at David Burke's pork emporium: five-spice dry-aged duck bun with Chinese bacon, hoisin sauce, cucumber & cilantro.
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All the bacon at David Burke's pork emporium
Hoppin' Hots' Sassy Hot tosses more sass than Pam Grier in her prime with chorizo, jalapeños, cheddar sauce, crushed avocado, pepitas, and a fried egg all atop a sturdy potato bun nestled next to a batch of hand-cut fries.