What: Various items from the menu
Where: The Publican (Chicago)
Affordability: $25+ per dish
- The Publican appears to be a popular choice for the locals even tho it is not in the downtown core. Inspired by Chef Paul Kahan, The Publican Restaurant is in the heart of Chicago’s meat packing district across from its deli counterpart on West Fulton Market; perfect for this meat lover’s paradise themed restaurant. It has a very interesting ambiance with exposed brick walls, long continuos tables that resembles an open fenced pen in the center of the room, and against the wall are enclosed booths similar to pig pens complete with a gate. The waiters wear butcher jackets for their uniform, and the bus boys wear a clean up crew-type uniform similar to that of a janitor.
- For starters, we had the full charcuterie. We expected not only a bit more pieces of cured meat samples, but also a variation since we asked for the full. There were five types of meat, two types of mustard and some pickles. In comparison to other charcuterie boards we’ve had in other places, this fails in comparison.
- The food is for sharing or intended for sharing but other than the whole chicken and fries, and perhaps the Country Rib, the others can be enjoyed as a 1 person dish.
- The suckling pig (top left photo) was definitely a portion only enough for one. We expected a small sized suckling pig as we’ve had in other places since it was advised by our server that as the menu items get listed at the bottom of the menu, the larger serving it will be. Well, it wasn’t. We got two of what appears to be pork chops that were smaller than my palm. It’s tasty, don’t get me wrong, but the expectation set was not met…and definitely not worth the price at $24.
- Next we had the Beef Tongue (top right). Definitely no complaint here. It was soft and juicy and perfectly braised. It came with cauliflower that was just delish!
- Then we had the Country Ribs (bottom left) with the grilled broccoli. This was a win for us. Perfectly marbled, juicy and tender. It was also sprinkled with roasted peanuts which made the flavour explode in your mouth. We recommend this one to order when you visit.
- Last on our order was the whole chicken with fries (bottom
right). Perfectly grilled, it took 40 minutes to arrive at our table. They did pre-warn us so we knew. This one was well worth the wait. Soaking in its juices, the chicken was moist and flavourful. The fries below it also exploded with flavour as it soaked the juices from the deboned whole chicken. With the amount of food we already had, we can only eat a little bit of it and took the rest to go.
- We also had the Spicy Pork Rinds that enjoyed between the servings. It is really just pork rinds dusted with what tasted like spicy cheddar popcorn powder. But for $5, it was worth it. Good filler while you wait for the other dishes to be ready.
- For dessert, we had the Raspberry White Chocolate Crunch sorbet which was a perfect match to the French press coffee. The small size French press is definitely good enough for two people.
- Overall, we enjoyed our meal including the vast collection of craft beers. We recommend that you visit The Publican, but perhaps skip the suckling pig and order the bread. They won’t bring you any unless you ask.