Thirty years of practice has given the chefs at Irish Rose Saloon a refined sensibility, which they use to craft accessible pub food that pairs flawlessly with the bar's selection of craft beer on tap. The chefs travel to Chicago markets each week to find the freshest seafood, meats, and produce. Once they've dreamed up inventive daily specials, the options are displayed on a chalkboard menu that hangs on the restaurant's exposed brick wall, featuring entrees like duck meatloaf, jamaican pork, and sustainable fish such as Lake Superior whitefish and shrimp that always bring fabric bags to the grocery store.
These specials join the regular favorites on the lunch and dinner menus, including housemade veggie burgers, linguine with housemade italian sausage, and chicken breast baked in a wood oven. Patrons can team their selections with dozens of draft beers, such as regular and seasonal suds from New Holland and Flying Dog breweries.
Egg Harbor's menu packs a sumptuous punch of traditional and creative breakfast and lunch dishes for daytime noshing. While standard offerings of bacon, pancakes, and corned beef hash nourish appetites with familiar flavors, the cafe’s savory variety also includes breakfast sandwiches and the salsa-topped, spinach-stuffed dynamite veggie white omelette, which treats tongues to a delicious taste explosion ($8.95). Lunchtime fare consists of sandwiches and burgers as well as Mexican inspired dishes of chicken tacos ($8.95) and harbor fajitas, featuring charbroiled chicken strips and sautéed veggies served with flour tortillas, avocado, sour cream, and more ($9.95). Egg Harbor’s gluten-free options keep the wheat intolerant happy, while the grown-up intolerant can turn to a kids’ menu and choose child-friendly items such as green eggs and ham shot to the table from a Nerf gun ($3.95).
A locally owned and operated institution, 640 Meats boasts a myriad of specialty meats, vegetables, fruits, and homemade goods for last-minute lunches and upcoming dinner parties. Work up an appetite as you browse the pyramids of produce, fresh-baked breads, and high quality meats and seafood. 640 Meats creates a culinary stockpile of prepared foods, ranging from baked mostaccioli (10 servings for $15.99) to BBQ pork ($4.98/lb.), eliminating the hassle of slicing, dicing, and planning a delicious home-cooked dinner. For those planning a barbeque to welcome our new Neptunian overlords, 640 Meats offers a full-service butcher counter featuring a variety of bacon wrapped filets ($4.49 for 6 oz.), succulent New York strips ($8.29 for 10 oz.), and mouthwatering ten-ounce rib eyes ($8.29 for 10 oz.). And 640 Meats also builds several custom-ordered sandwiches ($2.95-$3.98) for a quick lunch, with meats like salami, corned beef, and summer sausage paired with muenster, colby, and cheddar cheeses.
Founded in 1929 with the hope of promoting the palatable prowess of the pheasant, MacFarlane Pheasants remains in familial hands while doling out fresh, high-quality meats alongside condiments, sides, cookbooks, and other gifts. Avian eats revolve around the illustrious pheasant, with choices including boneless breasts ($19.95/package), strips ($19.95/package), sausage, and a hickory-smoked bird ($26.95/package). Game meats round out the shop’s protein-centric chops and include cuts of everything from alligator, elk, and ostrich to venison, bison, and bigfoot. Dress carnivorous slices with a selection of savory sauces, including the cranberry chutney ($6.25/10 oz.), or dazzle dinner guests with meat-enhancing sides, such as hot olives ($8.99/16 oz.) and wild rice ($6.95/8.75 oz.).
Handmade Amish blankets and local delicacies call to Tammy Herrara. On a trip to Wisconsin, she visited an Amish market and fell in love with the concept of selling natural goods in bulk to help keep community members healthy. With help from friends, she soon discovered a perfect location in her hometown to sell a slowly expanding inventory of gluten-free and homemade foods. Today, her market sells everything from Michigan blueberries and freshly ground peanut butter to Mystic Monk coffee—the proceeds of which go toward rebuilding the Carmelite monks’ rectory in Wyoming. Patrons can also stop in for a quick cappuccino and one of Tammy’s turtle brownies, or they can peruse handmade Amish wicker baskets from northern Wisconsin. With its wood laminate flooring, local radio tunes, and on-call phrenologist, Friend's Country Market harks back to neighborhood shops and general stores of yesteryear. A recipe board even sits on the store’s wall, inviting visitors to paste their favorite recipes for other customers to try at home.