Mad Girl Eats Gus’s Fried Chicken in Chicago

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, 847 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL. Located in the West Loop with multiple locations in different cities.

Short and sweet. I had chicken and only chicken….and really, thats all that matters. First bite was an OMG moment. A perfect crisp and gentle bite, sunken deep into super moist and flavorful chicken. A medium spicey heat where the chicken doesn’t get lost. You’re not wiping your brow, nor crying due to your mouth being on FIYAH! More please!

Superbly done. This chicken is worth the trip.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:oopm to 10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am to 12:00am.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

5 out of 5 perfect poultry points!

Mad Girl Eats Little Goat Diner in Chicago!

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Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL. Located in Chicago’s West Loop.

Little Goat Diner is the little sister resto of Stephanie Izard’s mega famed Girl and the Goat restaurant across the street. You walk in and the interior is far from any ‘diner’ I’ve ever seen.Think chic industrial.  Super busy per usual at lunch time, I opt for a sandwich to take out and am directed to the Bakery bar area. After perusing the menu, I decide on a signature goat item, the Goat Almighty. As you can see by the photos above, it was aptly named.

I opened it up and was like….Holy Toledo Batman, this is a gargantuan burger! How do you even begin to eat it?! Let me lay it on you….it consists of a goat burger, braised beef, bbq pork, pickled jalapenos, salsa verde, onion rings, cheddar cheese, and  pickles all inbetween a yummy bun. The only way I could possibly take a bite is by halves…top and bottom. It was fantastic, but the only thing I couldn’t get was a good overall sense of all components in one bite and how they worked together. Other than that, it was good!

Little Goat offers an awesome menu for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Diner food twisted into something special. My next trip back I want to try a Pork Belly Pancake, a Smoked Pork and Toffee Crunch Shake, a delight from the Bakery, or maybe something coo coo crazy from their Breakfast menu which they serve all day. I love that!

Diner Hours: Sun – Thurs 7:00am – 10:00pm, Fri – Sat 7:00am – 12:00am  Bakery Hours: Everyday 6:00am – 6:00pm.

http://littlegoatchicago.com

Don’t be surprised if wait time for a table is an hour. Reservations accepted for Dinner only.

4.75 out of 5 points.

Mad Girl Eats Publican Quality Meats in Chicago

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825 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL.

What is better than a Butcher shop? A Butcher shop that is also a café, bakery and gourmet market across the street from their awesome fine dining restaurant. Yeah, that’s right. Publican Quality Meats is directly across the street from The Publican. If you watch out the window, you will see employees running between the two.

A tight, but fantastic space. You can order baked goods, soups, sandwiches, charcuterie, hunk o’ meat, coffee drinks, etc to go… or stay and be waited on at a table. The tables are few up front, and in the back are 3 long communal tables. After a 25 minute wait (I did arrive at lunchtime) I was seated next to the window at the end of a large communal table. Service was rushed but friendly, but I was rushed but friendly too. I needed to get my hands on a tried and true menu item, the “Return of the Gyro”.

Soon enough my wrap arrives and it looks sensational. This is not your normal food court gyro. Listen up: Braised pork belly, raita (yogurt sauce with herbs and spices), escalivada (roasted veggies), pea shoots, and calabrian chili vinaigrette all snuggled together in a rolled up rug of griddled flatbread. This sandwich brought it. Flavor bombs in every bite….rich pork belly that is balanced with the raita, excited vegetables and a kicky vinaigrette makes this sandwich moan-worthy. It came with a bowl of slaw and a dill pickle spear. Leave the slaw, devour the pickle.

Wow. Just wow. I will go back when I have time to eat up more of the menu!

http://publicanqualitymeats.com

Hours: Mon – Sat 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Lunch everyday starting at 10:00am.

5 of 5 bodacious butcher shop bites.

 

Mad Girl Eats Au Cheval in Chicago

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Au Cheval, 800 W Randolph St, Chicago IL.

After reading and hearing amazing things about Au Cheval Bar and Diner, it was my second shot at eating there, and I took it. In the freezing, dead of Winter, I was put on the waitlist for one and a half hours….with specific instructions. Don’t let the wait stop you. I would rather wait hours for fabulous, than 20 minutes for mediocre.

The most noted, their Cheeseburger with thick cut peppered bacon and one fried egg, was my number one choice. Second up, the
Crispy potato hash with duck heart gravy, topped with egg….I couldn’t resist.

A rusticly chic, warmly sophisticated atmosphere enveloped me, soothing me from the Windy City winter. Quickly the food arrived, and it was abundantly beautiful.

I first tasted the potato hash. The duck heart gravy was rich, meaty, and herbaceous. With mornay sauce and the broken egg yolk oozing throughout the perfectly done hashbrowns, I wanted to cry with delight. Ok Avery, step away from the dish of yumminess and dive into the burger.

Upon first bite, OMGreatGoodness. I mean…just let me moan. This burger exceeded my expectations. Superb beef, cheese….yada yada yada…the freakin bacon, and another ooey gooey egg brought a tear to my eye. I was leery because they only cook their burgers medium or well done, and I’m a rare girl. The medium did not disappoint and kept it’s outrageous flavor. One of the best burgers to date. Chicago does burgers right. Carnivore Heaven!

Au Cheval, I love you. I’m intrigued to eat my way through your entire menu.

Located in the burgeoning foodie area of Chicago’s West Loop.
Hours: 11am to midnight.
http://auchevalchicago.com

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