In a space reminiscent of an eclectic country roadhouse, Porkchop's chefs grill pork chops and veggies, smoke chicken, and pour shots of bourbon into iced drinks for a menu of gourmet comfort food. The barbecue masters grill their classic pork chops over charcoal embedded with whiskey barrels and smoke wings in special spices before frying and grilling them. Personal ice buckets filled with discarded ice sculptures accompany more than 40 whiskeys, served neat, to the tables inside the dining room or out on the patio during warmer weather. The chefs work amid quirky décor, such as a hanging lantern made from mason jars, a dangling row of saws, and a portrait of Paul Bunyan's first rack of ribs.
The menu at Casey Moran's is packed with classic, soul-satisfying eats with flavorful twists. Start sampling worldly cuisines on the appetizer menu, which offers massive nachos grande, Asian potstickers, goat cheese baked with marinara and served with garlic bread, and fried calamari. Casey’s also serves burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, pastas, and steaks. With 30 52-inch plasma-screen TVs, five full bars, a garden café with retractable roof, rooftop garden, and views of Wrigley Field and the 151-foot-tall statue of Bruce Lee across the street, Casey Moran’s is a mecca for action fans and those looking to nosh eclectic eats amongst dark-wooded décor. Due to the baby bears coming out of hibernation in April, this Groupon is valid from January 1 to March 31.
Brand BBQ Market serves slow-cooked, smoked meat made with love and a kick of homemade sauce. Kick off the meatstravaganza with a starter such as the Brandcheezie (venison sausage stuffed with gorgonzola, wrapped in bacon, and topped with over-fried onions, mixed greens, and an earthy brandy-cherry sauce, $8.95). Brand BBQ boasts a bevy of mouth-watering sandwiches, including the Newcity Resto–noted pork-belly confit, a culinary masterpiece that is crispy on the outside, buttery on the inside, and covered in a fried egg and drizzle of maple mayo on all other sides ($10.95). The hearty assortment of burgers and entrees features sinful selections such as the hypocrite burger, a half pound of ground beef layered with smoked portabella, bacon, and horseradish cheddar sauce. Meanwhile, a classic slab of smoked baby back ribs can cure any medium-to-large barbecue hankering (half slab $13.95, full slab $19.95). Folks raised by vegetables need not fear, as Brand offers several vegetarian entrees, such as a grilled portabella-mushroom sandwich with roasted red pepper, mixed greens, and goat cheese ($7.95).
PitchFork's whiskey devotees pride themselves on a sweeping selection of grain mash beverages and a menu of rustic bar fare served in a Western-inspired setting. A pantheon of more than 100 different whiskeys stoically stands over the bar to silently challenge all passersby to test their fiery contents, including 4 Roses ($5), Old Weller ($7), and the voluminously bearded 12-year Pappy Van Winkle ($10) (prices based on shots and cocktails). The pulled-pork sandwich ($8.50) loads piles of smoked meat onto a toasted bun to create a cleaner, more efficient porcine consumption medium than tangy slabs of baby back ribs ($12 half; $19 full). Patrons can coax out reclusive appetites with a platter of buffalo-, barbecue-, or citrus-sauced wings ($8–$20) before designing their own mac 'n' cheese, accessorized with a variety of ingredients including prosciutto, asparagus, or mother-of-pearl brooches ($7+).
Located in Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood, The Fireplace Inn has been known for serving the best barbecue in the city since 1969. Steaks, Seafood, Ribs, Gourmet Burgers and Vegetarian dishes line our new menu bringing a remarkable array of flavors to one of Chicago's favorite restaurants.