The Publican | Chicago, Il

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 | click here to comment

{This is an excerpt from a larger post. To read my entire post on Chicago, click here.}

For dinner we went to The Publican, which I heard great things about. I loved the dining space, which has several long communal tables in the center and private booths along the wall, each with their own doors. This was beyond perfect for us since we had the tot in tow and one of my dinner time coping mechanisms (for her and for me) is to bring an iPad to entertain her so mommy can enjoy her wine in peace. It was nice to have that bit of privacy for us and to not disturb others with our utter yuppiness. 

Several paintings of swine adorn the walls of the Publican, which is a mark of a great restaurant to me. The menu is New American and seasonal, with a focus on meat and seafood. We ordered a variety of dishes: ramps, Farm Chicken with Sausage & Frites, Pork Shoulder, Ahi Tuna Crudo, Frites and oysters (for Mr. misterbelly). 

Every dish was executed well, but my favorite had to be the pork. The skin was crispy on the outside, but the meat was delicate. I would have licked the plate clean if I didn't think it was rude. The chicken came in as a close second and was juicy and flavorful with a hint of spice from paprika, oregano and thyme. 

By the end of dinner I was too full to eat another thing so we called it a night and went back to the hotel to rub our bellies and prepare for the day ahead, which for me meant the Nourished Food Blogger Conference.


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