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Publican Quality Meats

So you’re in Chicago and have had your fill of stuffed pizza and the three Chicago originals.  Now you’re looking something a little more fancy, but still casual.  Run, don’t walk, to PQM – Publican Quality Meats, across the street from Publican.  Publican is one of my favorite places in Chicago, a Eurostyle gastropub that’s heavy on beer, pork, and fish.  It’s the creation of Executive Chef Paul Kahan, who’s the man behind Chicago stalwarts Blackbird and Avec.  The food is excellent with quality ingredients with simple, no-frills preparations.  I think it’s along the same lines of The Spotted Pig in New York, just much better.  I know, strong words.

PQM is relatively new and bills itself as a restaurant and “Contemporary American Butcher Shop.”  Miguel raved about it, so I went there on my way out of the city after Lollapalooza.  I didn’t have much time, so I figured I’d grab a couple sausages and a sandwich for the drive back to Ann Arbor.

Holy Balls!  My jaw dropped as soon as I saw the meat cases.

I opted for a Boudin Blanc, Boudin Noir, and a Cotechino.  Stay tuned for a later post to see what I did with them.  On to the sandwich selection.

Unbelievably, I was able to select just one.

Braised pork belly, romesco verde, watercress, summer apple, mint, and yogurt on ciabatta.

OK, I lied.  I also got one of these.

The rillette sandwich was very good, but the pork belly was out of this world.  The combination of flavors and textures was absolutely mind-boggling.   This was no ordinary deli sandwich and at ten bucks was a total steal. I would easily pay $25 in a restaurant for this with some french fries.

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I actually found myself in Chicago two weekends ago for a buddy’s birthday.  My brother Panhead was also in town which meant one thing – my mom dragged our sorry asses to church on Sunday morning.  We were looking for something for lunch afterwards and other places were either full or closed, so we went to PQM.  Panhead got the Pork Belly and mom got the PB & L –

Pork Belly & Lamb sausage, feta, cliantro, piperade, on a lobster roll.

Chicago magazine rated this #5 on their Top 50 Best Sandwiches in Chicago list.   Either my mom really loved it or she’s tired of giving things to her kids, but I was only able finagle a small bite of it.  It was delicious but not as good as the Pork Belly.

I was nursing a bit of a hangover, so I needed something breakfast-y.

Duck Confit, sweet pepper potato hash, poached eggs, spicy harissa hollandaise on English Muffin.

This completely hit the spot. Hangover gone.  ‘Nuff said.

I can’t wait to go back there.  Since it’s right off of the expressway, I’m going to make this a required stop on the way out of town.

Publican Quality Meats

www.publicanqualitymeats.com

825 W. Fulton Market Street
Chicago, IL 60607
312.445.8977
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3 comments on “Publican Quality Meats

  1. Melissa/Foodie for Two
    October 22, 2012

    My mouth is watering! Beautiful pictures. I would have picked the braised pork belly sandwich as well – YUM. Lonza is another favorite that we discovered in Italy but it’s hard to find in the states. I need to go on a quest in Denver for a PQM alternative!

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