Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sweet Home Chicago.....

It's a 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes; it's dark and we're wearing sun glasses. Hit it!
- - - The Blues Brothers

Wow, What a differance a month makes! My friend Declan called me two weeks ago with the news he was opening an Irish Pub in "Old Town" chicago and would I like to be the chef. It was a hard decision considering I was commited to starting my business in Las Vegas and wqas getting a few hits but alas the draw of having my own food showcased to the public drew me in like a flame so...I am back in Chicago!

This being my 3rd attemt to carve out a life in this big city I feel I am well seasoned enough to pull this off! Declan has been a friend for 10 years and is originally from Belfast, IR. Being a friend made me both leary and excited...excited do to the fact we know each other well enough to trust each other without question...leary in that this could end a friendship should this all go south!

We opened (soft opening) last week and have been pushing ever since. I drove here in 29 hours from Vegas and hit nthe ground running. So far my menu looks like this:



Grilled Chicken Tenders $7
Chicken tenders “tossed” in our own spicy wing sauce Dip $6
Our Delicious chips served with Spicy Aioli or your choice of sauces
Pulled Pork Sliders $9
3 Mini versions of our pulled pork sandwich served with chips
Chicken Wings $7
Chicken wings tossed with the Chef’s own Spicy or Honey Mustard Sauce
Mozzarella Sticks $7

Mistral Spinach Salad $8
Fresh Spinach, Orange Supremes, Candied Walnuts, Grape tomatoes, tossed in a Raspberry Vinaigrette
Heirloom Caprese Salad Special of The Day $13
Buffalo Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomato served with Balsamic Reduction and First Press Olive Oil
Mixed greens Salad $8
Baby Lettuces, Baby Greens, Endive and Radicchio tossed with fresh fruit, strawberries tonight, grape tomato & Raspberry vinaigrette

Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich $12
Grilled chicken breast, Homemade Pesto, Roma tomatoes Roasted Red pepper, spicy aioli, red onion, Asiago and romaine served on an herb Ciabatta.
Grilled marinated Portabella for the
Vegetarian alternative of this great sandwich

Build your own burger! $10
1/2 LB. fresh ground beef served with your choice of Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Caramelized Onion, Sautéed Mushrooms, Irish cheddar,
Wisconsin cheddar and Swiss
Pulled Pork Sandwich $9
Slow cooked BBQ Pork on a sourdough roll served with chips

Classic Fish & Chips $12
Beer Battered Fresh Cod served with Fresh Chips
Full rack of Baby Back ribs ½ Rack $12 $19 Chef’s own BBQ recipe for rubbed, marinated, and
slow cooked, Ribs finished on the grill

Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.
Michael Douglas

.....All this is just a start We are located @ 1240 N. Wells in Old Town if you want to check it out.....I will be updating soon enough! BTW Still doing Catering & Private Chef....Just now in CHICAGO :-)

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