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Comfort Food Dishes to Combat the Polar Vortex

Comfort Food Dishes to Combat the Polar Vortex

Comfort Food Dishes at Blackwood BBQ

Comfort Food Dishes at Blackwood BBQ

Real talk: the term “polar vortex” is worse to me than most swear words. It’s a threatening phrase that strikes fear in Chicagoans with its promise of frigid temperatures and merciless wind chill. Screw the polar vortex. Obviously, there’s no better way to flip off the polar vortex than by eating hearty, hefty, rib-adhering comfort food. Barbecue, pie, and fried things are the best defense against a vindictive forecast. Here are some of the best vortex-fighting dishes in Chicago worth braving the wind for.

Beef brisket at Blackwood BBQ: I’m gonna get real for a minute. Over the holidays, I was in Orlando, Florida, and New Orleans. It was warm. My blood thinned. Then I came back to Chicago on January 4 and I could literally hear the Celine Dion song from Titanicechoing through my frigid blood stream. It hurt. On January 5, I was downtown working remotely in the warm confines of a coffee shop when lunchtime struck. It became a dire situation because I didn’t want to leave the cozy cafe to face the blustery cold. It would have to be something real worthwhile; like, worth potential frostbite. I remembered that Blackwood BBQ was a few blocks away in the Loop, a beefy bastion of expertly crafted pulled pork, brisket, and smoky chicken. And so I was off, clad in three layers of scarves and coats. It was only a few blocks away, but those blocks hurt and made me question my life. The wind was a stabbing pain likely akin to being murdered in Scream. Despite the brutal wind pains, I finally made it to Blackwood and everything was OK. I relished in its warm embrace, my nose following the aroma of succulent brisket. When glazed in sweet Memphis BBQ sauce and piled high on a doughy bun, paired with treacly sweet lemonade, this is the stuff of winter wonderland dreams. It epitomizes polar vortex food. There isn’t much I’d be willing to venture a few blocks in subzero temps for, but this brisket is the perfect exception.………………CONTINUE:

 

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