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Goose Island Wrigleyville

I have always had a fond spot in my heart for the Goose Island Brewery Tap in Wrigley ville and I had been quite sad to find it closed last time I was in Chicago. So on this visit I had been really happy to find it open again, but that happiness was to be short lived as I turned up the day before it was due to shut for good.

“After 15 years, the Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub location will be closing due to the new developments that are expected in the Wrigleyville area,” Goose Island spokeswoman Ana Serafin said in a statement. “We want to thank our patrons for their continuous support and hope to be back in Wrigleyville in the future. In the meantime, our Clybourn location is still open where you can enjoy all of your favorite Goose Island beers.”

Goose Island 312

Goose Island 312

When I found out it was closing we had to pop over for that last glass of beer and some food. For me that last beer was going to be a Goose Island 312, I know that its quite a common drink to take, but I like it and if like me you spend most of the year in the UK, you may appreciate that one takes the chance to get a glass on draft when one can.

A bit of the Sandwich Menu

Sandwich Menu at Goose Island in Wrigleyville

I am not going to try and kid you that the food here is ‘awesome’, it isn’t or rather now I guess it wasn’t, but what it was is filling and hearty and it helped to mop up the booze and fill a large hole in one’s belly. I have tried stuff here before and I have learned that you have to be patient with your food life when you pick.

It was with that knowledge in mind that I chose to take on their ‘Cuban sandwich’ or rather I should say their take on a Cuban sandwich.

Cuban Style Sandwich at Goose Island

Cuban Sandwich at Goose Island

My Cuban Sandwich at Goose Island

The so called ‘Cuban Sandwich’ was a decent sandwich, but was it a ‘Cuban’, may be not. It was a nice crunchy baguette filled with plenty of solid slices of smoked ham and pork loin. I liked the tart pickle and the tang of the mustard aioli and the cheese? well cheese is always good. There was plenty of this sandwich but I probably will not be missing it now that it is gone.

Goose Island Burger

Goose Island Burger

A safer option would have been the Standard Bar Burger, which looked to be decent and I understood filled a hole. I should have probably chosen to eat this, but I didn’t and now I guess I will have to go to Goose Island’s other location at North and Clybourn if I want to eat one.

But lets be honest when I go there I will be going to drink the beer!

 

 

Goose Island Brewery

Goose Island brewery in Wrigleyville is one of two brew pubs in the Chicago city area, the other and original Goose Island Brewpub is at Clybourn. I have been to the one at Wrigleyville the most and while it can be packed and lively when the Cubs are in town, it is also a pretty chilled out place on other nights as well. We like to sit up at the bar where you can choose your experience. If you want to, you can get plenty of banter from the ‘strangers about to be friends‘ alongside you, or you can sit and stare into your beer while keeping an eye on the game on one of the many TV screens.

Lets Try Some Food>

Turkey Club Sandwich

Goose Island Food Club Sandwich

A standard myfoodhunt test is a club sandwich, and here at the Goose Island brewery they offer a pretty decent (and rather large) Turkey Club Sandwich for $11. On the menu it is described as ‘roasted turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, wheat toast’. The layers of turkey are thick and there is plenty of it as well. It is served up in a big basket of fries, but to be honest you really did not need all those fries.

 Pulled Pork Sandwich

pulled pork

Another favourite here that I like to try is the ‘Pulled Pork Sandwich’ described on the menu as “a brioche bun filled with pulled pork shoulder and smothered gently in Honker’s Ale BBQ sauce”. It comes with a huge mound of fries and a large pot of slaw all for just $11. I will say that it is a bit of a messy affair though, that Honker’s Ale BBQ sauce gets everywhere, all over your chin and all over my fingers. Still it is quite delicious and it is a sticky price worth paying. Again I will say that the sandwich is big enough on the plate without all of those fries, having said that its pretty good for sharing the fries with your fellow drinkers at the bar and it keeps them away from your sandwich.

Now How About some Beer?

Tasting Flight

Flight

We came in here specifically for a couple of pints of the excellent 312 but once we had supped those down we had to try a few more of the different beers that the Goose Island Brewery had to offer, and the best way to do that was with one of their ‘Tasting Flight’s of beer’ You get four glasses on a bit of paper that explains how to drink beer (I never knew that you needed instructions before). The way it worked was that you could choose your beers from a number of different sections of the beer menu such as the ‘Session section’ or the ‘Hoppy section’ all quite self explanatory.

On my tasting flight I tried the “Wind Chill Wit” which was described as having a ‘Hazy yellow colour, orange herbal aroma, sweet coriander flavour, and a light body.’ It was quite a fruity affair but also quite refreshing as well.

The next to that I went for a classic from the Session Section; A glass of the “Green Line” – ‘a honey colored, sessionable, American pale ale with a pronounced, bright, American hop aroma and citrus flavor’. They also say that is has ‘notes of biscuit and lightly toasted malt’ which ‘create the backbone for Green Line’s pleasant, crisp bitterness.’  I both like the fact that Green Line Pale Ale is available on draft only in Chicago but it also makes me slightly sad that I cannot get it anywhere else.

I tend to like my beers on the light and pale side so I was being careful when I chose from the Hoppy Section, trying to pick out something more lager or pale ale like. I chose the “Sea Change” – this is described as having a ‘Hazy straw colour, honeysuckle and citrus aroma, bright citrus and wheat flavour with a dry body’ and it is a unfiltered wheat lager at 5.9% strength. It was also a most pleasant affair

The last glass that I chose was some of the “Lake Effect” which wasn’t a glass of melted snow mixed with beer as I imagined, no it was actually a decent beer. It was described as a ‘deep, copper colored brew’ with ‘a spicy hop nose’. “It’s malt sweetness is balanced by a lingering hop flavor and a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish”. It was not as strong a taste as that might have sounded, it really was quite drinkable.

Goose Island Wrigleyville

So we tried the beer and we tried the food and n summary as the tagline suggests, Goose Island Brewery in Wrigleyville serves Fantastic Beer and Good Bar Food too. With it being located tight in the heart of Wrigleyville it is also a real fun place to head to, especially on Game day.

It is within easy walking distance of the Addison Red Line stop on North Clark Street.

 Goose Island Wrigleyville on Urbanspoon

Salt n Pepper at NightSalt n Pepper in the day

The Salt and Pepper Diner in Wrigleyville is one of those places that you can pick up a decent bite any time of the day, Sandwiches, Burgers, Breakfasts, pretty much all of your regular diner food. It is the sort of place I hope to find for a late morning breakfast, a late lunch, or a bite to soak up the beer mid evening. On all accounts looking down the menu I was to find that the Salt and Pepper Diner was able to cater for all my needs and desires.

Inside the Salt n Pepper DinerSalt n Pepper Special

When I think of a Diner I am really thinking of eggs the sort that you get anyway you like, hopefully with a choice of sides such as some bacon and even better with some toast. At the Salt and Pepper Diner they have all that on offer – ‘Two Eggs prepared to your liking” for $3.95 and for not much more you can have an omelette perhaps a locally named “Clark Street Omelette” which is ‘diced ham, mushrooms, tomato with Swiss cheese’ or a more classic Denver Omelette ‘diced ham green pepper, onions with  American cheese’ both for $6.50 all come with toast and a side of choice.

Menu Options at the Salt n Pepper Diner

Tempting menu items include the “Buster Mambo Catch” which is a Grilled Sandwich filled with ‘beer battered and  golden fried cod fish served with Jamaican tartar sauce, avocado and shredded lettuce‘ or the “Pile High Club” stuffed with ‘layers of turkey, salami, cheddar and Swiss cheese with cucumber, avocado, lettuce and tomato served with a spicy ranch dressing on a ciabatta roll’ but to be honest that last option is already sounding overwhelming and I am thinking I will not be able to finish it.

Selected menu item

Even though I knew it would be no match to any Po’Boy in New Orleans, I was drawn into choosing the “Spicy Pork Po’Boy” for $8.50. I was willing to take a chance just because of the words ‘shredded braised pork shoulder’.

Spicy Pork Po BoyPo Boy sandwich

It was a pretty decent effort, NOLA has nothing to fear, but even so it was a good sandwich. There was a good spicy pile of shredded pork, plenty of melted cheese that had soaked into the crisp bread, and a fair amount of fries. On this occasion it worked for me and I would happily eat another one, although if I am honest I would probably have a Reuben or a Grilled Cheese next time. That is assuming I didn’t head down the egg and bacon route.

If you want a break from the Wrigleyville bar scene for just a moment then I think that you cant go too wrong with a brief sojourn at the Salt and Pepper Diner. It is only about 5 minutes walk away from the Addison Red Line CTA station and you can also get here on the Clark Street Bus as well pretty easily. It might be mobbed during the cubs games but other nights it is quite a relaxed place and affair. Try it out

Salt & Pepper on Urbanspoon

What would Chicago be without the hot dog and the cubs? You can get both on Clark Street in Wrigleyville.

Wrigleysville Dogs proudly claim to be serving the official Hot Dog of the Chicago Cubs.

I suppose I could have gone down the route of the traditional Chicago Dog, and maybe given the location I should have done, but to be honest I was more in the mood for some solid sausage so I went for an Italian Sausage with sweet peppers instead. The sausage was not bad, not too spicy and well cooked, as usual the bun fell apart mostly due to it having been dipped into the gravy before serving, but that was nice tasty bonus to add to the enjoyment. The peppers were really nice and sweet even the green ones. It was not the greatest sausage but it was good enough for me at that moment in time and it was good to sit out on a nice day in the middle of Wrigleyville

Wrigleysville Dogs is located at  3737 N. Clark St and it about 5 minutes walk away from Wrigley field and the Addison red line CTA El stop. You could also get the CTA 22 bus which passes by on its way along Clark Street. Website: http://www.wrigleyvilledogs.com/

Wrigleyville Dogs on Urbanspoon

The first stand that I headed to and one of the primary reasons for my attendance at this festival was that of the Butcher and Burger (website: http://butcherandtheburger.com/). I have really meant to visit their store at 1021 W. Armitage Ave for some time now, and really don’t have any valid excuses, especially as it is just off an El Stop at Armitage.

There were two choices on offer and I went for their “Four B’s Burger”. This was a 4 oz slider of Bison Burger, Bacon, Blue Cheese and BBQ sauce for $7. Yes this really hit the spot. A great bit of bison burger, crunchy almost chewy bacon, and to top that the mixture of cheese with the bbq sauce gave a nice tangy tart taste mingling into each bite. Everyone around me said this was the best burger that they had tasted so far. Although it was my first, I suspected I wasn’t going to get a better one and was tempted to cut my losses and head off elsewhere. I have no reason not to go to Butcher and Burger now, in fact I the juices in my mouth are flowing thinking about it as I write.

Butcher & The Burger on Urbanspoon

 

Second time lucky I headed down to Roscoe Village to hunt through the Roscoe Village Burger Fest. This time I forgoed the bus in lieu of a walk to burn off the the extra pounds I would gain from scoffing some burgers. Thirty minutes later walking down from Montrose Brown I hit the gate of the fest to be greeted by a giant inflatable burger and a $6 suggested donation. There is never anything ‘suggested’ about these donations though.

At least there was no sun beating down, even if it was still high 80’s, it was a cloudy day and much more comfortable to sample some not so low calorie burgers.

The first stand that I headed to and one of the primary reasons for my attendance at this festival was that of the Butcher and Burger (website: http://butcherandtheburger.com/). I have really meant to visit their store at 1021 W. Armitage Ave for some time now, and really don’t have any valid excuses, especially as it is just off an El Stop at Armitage.

There were two choices on offer and I went for their “Four B’s Burger”. This was a 4 oz slider of Bison Burger, Bacon, Blue Cheese and BBQ sauce for $7. Yes this really hit the spot. A great bit of bison burger, crunchy almost chewy bacon, and to top that the mixture of cheese with the bbq sauce gave a nice tangy tart taste mingling into each bite. Everyone around me said this was the best burger that they had tasted so far. Although it was my first, I suspected I wasn’t going to get a better one and was tempted to cut my losses and head off elsewhere. I have no reason not to go to Butcher and Burger now, in fact I the juices in my mouth are flowing thinking about it as I write.

 

Walking past ‘Reggies’ stand, first the slightly orange burgers on the grill caught my eye then secondly as I looked up at the board the words Chorizo Burgers called out to me. Then when I saw it was just $2 for a small sample sized one, well I was sold. I love chorizo so this should be a no brainer. I was in there like a flash to order one.

Apart from the wait and the extra $1 for cheese I was not too peturbed. It was not the best burger in the world, but it was OK, I like chorizo so that was its one saving grace. Did I get a dollar’s worth of cheese? Well I think even with a reasonable mark up someone other than myself won on this occasion. Once I realised that Reggies was not a burger specialist, I am feeling slightly more generous on my outlook. Check them out at their website:  http://www.reggieslive.com/menu/

Reggies on Urbanspoon

 

Ok so after that last burger sample, something was needed quickly to pull the burger hunt back on track, and as I passed the Rockit Bar stand I was sucked in by their chalkboard advertising a Truffle Mushroom Black Angus Slider for just $3. Someone had made a real effort on the board so it seemed rude not to make the effort to eat one of their burgers. I can justify this and find as many ways as I can to get my hands on another burger.

Although this was just a small slider. It was still perfectly formed as a minature burger. The patty was thick and still juicy, cooked just right so that it still had some meaty juice oozing out on each bite. Sometimes the small samplers just look like an after thought and a way to get more people to try something from their stands, but this was most definately not the case from Rockit’s effort. The  mushrooms that topped it and the nice mayo sauce were both excellent. This was another burger that prompted a fellow muncher to ask where I got it from. Even though he claimed to be totally stuffed he had to go and get one to try.

Rockit Burger Bar and  Grill is located at 3700 N. CLARK in Wrigleyville, website at  http://www.rockitburgerbar.com/, you can get there via the red line to Addison. After I had located this place on the map I realised that I had eaten here before on an early visit to Chicago after a long session at the Gingerman on Clark Street, yep I will be heading back there soon.

Rockit Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

Roscoe Village Burger Fest (21-22 July open until 10pm) has plenty of good burgers to eat, it’s a bit tricky to get to via the El train, but if you really wanted to you can find a way via the cta 50 bus that runs between the Damen Blue station. Although Southport or Paulina are probably the closest. This was my second annual visit and it is now firmly marked down on my festival circuit.

Chicago Sausage Fest in Chicago lies in the shadow of Wrigley Field on Sheffield Avenue. I came here last year in 2011 and sampled sausages from the Dog House, but this year I had my eye on catching up with the Haute Sausage Food Truck. I have had sausage from this truck before, but as the current law prevents the Chicago Food Trucks actually cooking on their trucks, I was really looking forwards to getting my hands on one of their freshly cooked dogs.  I was not to be disapointed.

 

I was quite torn by which sausage to sample. I have had the Chakalaka and the Sheboygan Brat before, and I was really tempted to try them again, but the word ‘bacon‘ jumped out at me and I just had to try the Cabo Bacon Cheddar  sausage.

The Cabo Bacon Cheddar dog is a Niman Ranch bacon sausage with roasted pablona, corn guacamole, and Merkts cheddar cheese. It was seriously good. As well as the awesome toppings of the guacamole and mayo, the sausage itself is a joy, both juicy and flavoursome, it was not overcooked and it was wrapped up in a great soft white bun. In the base of the bun was the melted cheddar cheese. I could have eaten a bun just filled with the cheese on its own, it was that tasty. Haute Sausage are online at http://www.hautesausage.com/  and you can track them via twitter and facebook.

 

After washing this sausage down with a crafty craft beer I figured that I had enough room for just one more sausage. After some serious contemplation and wandering in the sunshine I found myself in front of Gilberts Craft Sausage Stall.

 

I was instantly drawn towards the Chipotle Mozzarella and Lime zest option this was the ‘Catalana’ a spicy smoked sausage made with pork, mozzarella cheese, chipotle peppers and lime. In contrast to the first sausage I sampled this one had all the flavours encased within the beast.

I just had to add a little bit of relish and yellow mustard to the dog, but to be honest I did not need to. The sausage was quite spicy not too hot. The chipotle gave a mild burn sensation but this was balanced out by the cheese and the hint of lime. I liked it, not as much as Haute sausage, but enough to seek them out again on another occasion. Gilberts are online at http://gilbertssausages.com/

I could have eaten a whole lot more sausage, but I figured that I would stick with what I had found, why eat more just to look back at the first one you had eaten and say that they were not as good.