At Bottleneck, we are lucky enough to be involved in an industry which we love. Food and drink are very much a part of our lives and we enjoy going around the restaurants in Chicago and sampling what the talented chefs have to offer. Here, we share our favorite food discoveries to guide you towards the best things to eat and drink in February in Chicago.
1. 1871 Chili
Chef Scott Walton at Howells & Hood developed this recipe and has received numerous ‘Best Chili’ nods from food media and bloggers, as well as winning the H&H First Annual Chili Cook Off against six other top Chicago chefs. With smoked brisket, NY strip steak, pork and chipotle peppers all cooked in New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout beer, with a corn muffin.
2. Grilled Atlantic Salmon
This special ‘Catch of the Week’ menu item at South Branch is only available this week (Feb 3-7). The salmon comes with wild mushroom risotto, sautéed green beans and a thyme butter sauce.
3. Old Town Tea
The Old Town Tea is a unique cocktail to Old Town Pour House on Wells St. Made with Bulleit Bourbon, topped with an iced tea mixture containing Earl Grey iced tea, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, black pepper simple syrup, a dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters.
4. Breakfast Sandwich
On Saturdays and Sundays, Boundary serves up a stellar brunch menu. Our pick to warm you up and energize you for the day’s activities is the Breakfast Sandwich; a green onion aged cheddar biscuit with scrambled eggs, cheddar and a sausage patty, served with breakfast potatoes
5. Surly Brewing CynicAle
We were pleasantly surprised to find a brand new keg from Minneapolis brewers Surly being just tapped at Sweetwater. In addition to having their Furious IPA on tap year-round, the Mag Mile now has a specialty tap of the CynicAle – a lovely Belgian style saison/country ale, made with Pils hops and Belgian yeast which gives you a lovely ester floral aroma with notes of baking bread.
by Lee Jarvis.