The Butchers Tap

The Grand Opening of the Butchers Tap in Chicago last week was a huge success! I had the pleasure of checking out the new spot and sampling their food and drink menu. With the location originally a butcher shop that was opened in 1932, this is a great location right on Southport in the Wrigleyville area. With 100 beers, 60 on tap they also include wine on tap straight from the barrel. Lets not forget Moonshine- yes they have that too. The tap list includes IPA's, Wheat, Ambers, Pale Ale's, Stouts and Ciders. Also included are seasonal cocktails such as Ravenswood Old Fashioned.

The menu at The Butchers Tap comes straight from food purveyors and farms from their crops to the kitchen. The team behind the menu supports the local agricultural economy and includes a full menu of items.We started with the Butcher Board that included Smoked Goose Soppressata, Smoking Goose Elk Stageberry and from the Artisan cheese selection, Capriole Goat Cheese. The board was accompanied by nuts, crackers, and a variety of fresh fruit and spreads. To wash it down we sampled  the Ale Asylum from Madison, WI .

The full menu includes creative burger selections, vegetarian options, and for options on the lighter side they offer a Wine Country Salad. One of the most creative burgers on the menu is called the Zeus. This included Catalpa Grove Lamb, Feta Cheese, Arugula, Pickled Red Onion, and Tomato Cucumber Hummus Spread.

We chose to go with one of the signature selections, the Butchers Classic. This deli sandwich from heaven included Mortadella, Capocollo, Salami, Ham, Provolone, Mayo, Mustard and House Italian Dressing.

We also tried the chicken sandwich straight from the hen. Buttermilk seasoned and fried- oh so good. This included a generous side of my favorite, mac and cheese.

If your looking to try a new spot in the area, check out The Butchers Tap. As the tag line on the menu states " Good Karma Never Tasted So Good"-my thoughts exactly.