With the proliferation of cocktail bars and cocktail-conscious restaurants in Chicago, there are dozens of rye cocktails to be had here, especially during this time of year, when meager temperatures demand that restorative sensation of heat rye drinks so generously provide. But around town, many rye drinks are darn good, while others are just ok. As a service to ourselves, I say, let's not waste a drop of precious rye on anything short of great.
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As must certainly come to all childhood foods, the sloppy joe was unearthed a few years ago and slapped on menus across Chicago. This explains why I didn't flinch when I saw a lamb neck sloppy joe ($12) on the menu at the recently opened Red Door in Bucktown.
Last night, some of the best chefs in Chicago set up shop in Lincoln Park for the Green City Market's Chefs' BBQ Benefit, which helps raise money for educational initiatives at the market. The original plan was to try and eat every single dish, but considering there were over 80 restaurants at the event, I had to make do with sampling as much as I could. I did pretty well.
Check out the food events planned for Chicago this weekend and beyond. Look out for a Memorial Day pig roast, plus a Bucktown restaurant adds a brunch program on Saturday.