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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Where to Eat Pig Skin During Football Season

When it comes to football fare, there really is nothing more apropos than pig skin. Sure, people tailgate and/or eat pizza, but pig skin dishes are really just more befitting considering footballs were notoriously made with the stuff. So in a way, you can get in on the action yourself by pretending to eat footballs! It's the closest to an NFL star you will get. Though rest assured that these dishes are certainly more delicious than any turf-laden football could ever be.

Some of the classiest pig skin can be found at Acadia as part of the tasting menu. It's actually pig ear, served with peach, Osmanthus apricot, and mustard. It's made with Berkshire pork and it's miles ahead of typical game day grub.

In case a dish of pork tripe and pig's feet wasn't porky enough, The Purple Pig enriches the dish with a smattering of pig skin breadcrumbs. Would you expect anything less of a restaurant with that moniker? There's also chicken sausage and black-eyed peas on the dish, in case you needed a break from the porcine feast.

Start your morning with pig skin and noodles at Yusho as part of their Sunday noodles brunch program. The lion's head features pork meatballs, rice noodles, cabbage, and a corona of crispy pig skin.

Pig ear dish at Acadia
(Berkshire pig ear dish at Acadia. Photo: Anthony Tahlier)

For a more no-frills noodle experience, Tank Noodles adds pig skin to a spring roll appetizer. Of course, tossing shredded pork and crispy skin into a fresh, minty spring roll sort of negates the lightness of the dish, but it's all good.

The most pork-tastic appetizer in town might be the Eastern Thai sausage at Sticky Rice. This wildly legit Thai spot sets appetites and tongues aflame with its peppery, plump sausages, laden with rice, ground pork, and pig skin.

Get festive at Publican Quality Meats, which makes Cotechino sausages incorporating pig skin and what they call Christmas spices. Ho ho ho. Across the street at The Publican, the temple of pork is famous for their spicy pork rinds, which have been described as a sort of porky Cheetoh. 'Nuff said.

If you still have room for more puffy, cheesy pork rinds, get thee to Lillie's Q. The barbecue spot is perfectly befitting a footballer's appetite, especially when your meal kicks off with crackly pork rinds awash in pimento cheese powder.

Over at Owen & Engine, pork rinds veer in a spicy Mexican direction via mole seasonings. The fried pork skins are also enhanced with organic cheddar, because that's always a good idea.

The Publican pork rinds
(Pork rinds at The Publican. Photo: Derek Richmond)

The Purple Pig is a Mediterranean wine bar helmed by chef/partner Jimmy Bannos Jr. The restaurant offers cheese, swine, and wine, among other standout dishes, showcasing the flavors of Italy,...

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One of the godfathers of pho in Chicago, Tank Noodle sits at the nexus of Uptown's Vietnamese dining district. The sprawling space is filled with large circular communal tables and...

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Charlie McKenna (Avenues, Les Nomades, Tru) goes downscale with his award-winning BBQ concept in Bucktown. Craft beers and a full bar complement the slow-smoked pulled pork, chicken, baby back ribs...

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This Logan Square pub features four cask brews, 20 beers on tap and another 50 by the bottle. Food comes from all over the United Kingdom, with dishes like fish...

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The multi-faceted space features charcuterie, aged prime beef, pork, and other high-grade products from local purveyors. The unique concept's located directly across the street from sister restaurant Publican, and serves...

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