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Chizakaya, a Japanese Pub was one of the more unusual food stands that I saw at the ‘Summer on Southport’ festival , and to be frank one of the most unusual¬†I have seen for a while. They made a really good presentation of what they had on offer and they certainly seemed to have plenty of curious souls like myself stopping by to check them out. The¬†guy behind the counter was also a pretty happy go lucky guy and more than willing to pose for a photograph in fact he virtually insisted on having one taken¬†by giving me the V for Victory sign.

  

The counter had examples of everything that they had on offer, which was a nice touch, and I think that it definately encouraged a few of those that were curious, but slightly hesistant¬†, to give them a try. The pork belly bao looked tempting but too easy today, so¬†I had a choice to make between the octopus beignets or the Japodog. Well I didn’t have to ponder too long especially since the Japodog was a bacon wrapped hot dog.

 

So to return the original question, “What is a Japodog?”¬† I suppose I could just post a picture of this sign to answer the question of what a Japodog is, but I felt that I should also buy one and taste it too just so I know if it is really any good or not. I suppose it does look a bit of a mess, the Nori and Bonito flakes were a bit much and kept blowing off into my beer. I really like the bacon wrapping of the hot dog and the house teriyaki, the pickled ginger was not too overpowering and the mayo helped to diffuse some of the other powerful flavours. It was a nice dog to try, but not sure if¬†I want another one right now. I am curious to try some of Chizakya’s other dishes though so I will probably seek out their brick and mortar establishment which is located at 3056 N Lincoln Ave.

Their website is at http://chizakaya.com

Travelling there by El requires a bit of a walk at the end, the Paulina and Southport Brown Line stations look to be the best options.

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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

Some days I really crave some good old fish and chips, but sadly it is hard to track down, so I was delighted to find this decent offering near to the Paulina Brown Line stop.

The New England Seafood Company sells East Coast Boston type fare, well at least I assume it does as I have never yet been over to Boston or that part of the coast to sample it myself. I just know that it was not English Fish and Chips, but it was a pretty good substitute all the same.

Although the batter on the haddock looked burnt at first, it wasn’t, it was crispy and very tasty, inside the haddock was juicy and fell apart in perfect flakes just like a good piece of freshly fried fresh haddock should. To be fair I think that this was the best piece of haddock I have had in Chicago. The portion was too large, but not too big to stop me greedily eating it all. The fries were strange, not chips in the english sense, but crispy and crunchy with a good flavour. You did not need to add any sauce to make them palatable which makes them a glorious alternative to most of the fries offered in America. I still doused them in a fair amount of malt vinegar, enough to make one imagine that a wandering unwashed hobo had wandered into the joint with his unwashed jeans such was the smell lingering in the air.

The price was good value at $13.95, one of the cheaper options on the menu, still it was the one that caught my eye and the one that I will return for.

Located at 3341 N. Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657 about 5 mins walk from the Paulina Brown Line CTA station

Website: http://neseafoodcompany.com/

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OK so one should really be excited about the food, but this time out Dinkels bakery came through and had a window display of a cake train set. And you know I really want want now, even more than a Lego train set. Boys with their Toys.

Dinkels Bakery just off the Paulina Brown Line, has cakes, a cafe area and more, now OK my heart is still promised to Sweet Sensations at Montrose, but to make a train set out of cake, well that’s tantamount to making Dinkels my mistress (in an 18th century kind of way).

Not only do they have a whole load of really great cup cakes

But they also have some great savoury breakfast items, the Dinkel’s Burglaur¬†I apologise in advance for ‘borrowing’ this photo off their website, but¬†I am also linking it too http://www.dinkels.com/menu/breakfast.php¬†their photos are better than mine, and I have to try one

Dinkels is at 3329 N Lincoln Avenue, about 5 mins walk from the Paulina Brown Line el station

website: http://www.dinkels.com/

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I didn’t see this sign until the way out but by then I had kind of worked out that the theme was slightly southern by the proliferation of southern styled specials on the menu such as jambalaya and poboys. Apparently ‘Southern Reconstruction Cooking’ means made-from-scratch traditional recipes with healthier ingredients for yankee tastes’. I suppose that is one up from deconstructing a meal which¬†I always feel is a good excuse for knowing what all the ingredients are for a meal but not knowing how to put them together, but perhaps that is a little harsh.

Wednesday nights specials included a blackened shrimp poboy with a toasted garlic vinaigrette garnished with lettuce and onions with a sweet coleslaw, in a crusty french roll, it came with a side of  handcut fries. Ultimately the tasty dressing  and moist juicy shrimp  made it a most enjoyable snack.

Enough specials and options on the menu together with reasonable prices to make this place worth a return visit. Located at 3300 N. Lincoln Avenue about 10mins west of the Paulina Brown Line CTA El station. Website: http://www.wishbonechicago.com/

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