For the person who loves fine dining that’s made from the best possible food around, that also loves to occasionally pig out as well, take a trip to The Publican (837 West Fulton Market). This European beer hall-inspired restaurant is most famous for its locally sourced and organic pork, but its known far and wide for how delicious every item on the menu is. It’s a pork place that also gets praised for its seafood, unheard of in the culinary universe.
The Publican’s menu is orchestrated by Executive Chef Paul Kahan and chef de cuisine Brian Huston. The Publican’s space was designed by James Beard Award Winner Thomas Schlesser, and it features the strong design and simple lines that he is known for. The design is a prelude to the food you are getting, which is described by the chefs as “pristine product, simply prepared.” Which basically means that they simply find the best ingredients, skillfully combine them and plate some of the most delectable dishes you will ever eat.
The Publican is also known for their Sunday Brunch, which was named as one of America’s Best Brunches by Travel + Leisure. With the standout brunch dish being “red wine-poached eggs over sourdough bread with béarnaise sauce and ribbons of prosciutto.” The description alone makes my mouth water. You can also get their famous pork for brunch with their maple-glazed pork shoulder with kale and grits being their most talked about dishes. It’s sad that brunch is only on Sundays, but fortunately for us every day the Publican offers great food. For reservations or info just call 312-733-9555 or visit www.thepublicanrestaurant.com.
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