Posted October 25, 2012

Chicago Dining: Meet Three Unusual Meats

Eat + Drink

We never met a salad we didn’t like. But as the days get shorter, we hanker for heartier fare. And nothing says “sweater weather” better than meat.

Three Chicago chefs agree. They’ve created dishes that use meats in unusual — and totally appetizing – ways.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your protein-loving engines.

Rabbit Scallopini

$27 at Atwood Cafe
Executive Chef Derek Simcik knows this dish is usually made with veal and chicken. But he went ahead and jazzed it up with something different: rabbit. He breads and pan-fries thinly cut slices of saddles and tenderloins, plating them with haricot verts, fennel and a splash of cider.

Chef Derek Simcik’s Rabbit Scallopini

Bacon Jam

$13 at Sable Kitchen & Bar
Former Bravo TV “Top Chef” competitor and Executive Chef Heather Terhune works magic with the sixth food group (we’re talking about bacon). Her bacon jam packs bacon, onions, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, maple syrup and brewed coffee into a jam. She serves it with a side of creamy brie cheese and toasted baguettes.

Chef Heather Terhune’s Bacon Jam

Black Pepper Bistro Filet

$30 at South Water Kitchen
Talk about making the cut — this juicy eight-ounce filet is from the shoulder of the cow, so it’s much more flavorful than your everyday beef tenderloin filet. Chef Roger Waysok tops it with celery root puree, wild mushrooms and a red wine reduction.

Chef Roger Waysok’s Black Pepper Bistro Filet

Hungry yet? See you in Chicago!


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  1. Looks grade meals! I want to taste..

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