County Barbeque opens in Chicago

Just passing on this e-mail I got regarding the opening of a new barbecue spot in the city. Everything sounds wonderful and I can smell the smoker  going just looking at these pictures. If you check it out, be sure to give us a report!

CULINARY TEAM:Michael Kornick and Erick Williams
ADDRESS:1352 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
PHONE:(312) 929 - 2528
OPENING:July 2013
Led by David Morton and Chef Michael Kornick, County Barbeque is one of the first chef-driven barbeque concepts to hit the Windy City by Chicago-based DMK Restaurants. Keeping in line with the restaurant group's other innovative concepts, the cozy 40-seat restaurant - located on Chicago's legendary Taylor Street - stars an authentic menu of traditional barbeque fare by Chef Erick Williams (mk) and Chef Michael Kornick. Including an array of smoked meats, mouthwatering sandwiches and chef -inspired, seasonal sides, County's menu celebrates the fresh, simple flavors inspired by the country's best barbeque regions.

Complementing the menu, County's beverage program includes a selection of American craft beers and whiskeys, as well as a featured cocktail of the day.
County's menu features a variety of juicy smoked meats. Items from the Ole Hickory smoker include Kansas City Burnt Ends, Texas Brisket, Smoked Bacon, Chicago Rib Tips and Veal Breast.

Sandwiches such as Chopped Brisket, Smoked Bacon and Fried Green Tomatoes and Chopped Chicken are served with B&B pickles and skinny fries.

A Taste of County BBQ includes a Chef's selection of meats from the smoker.

Traditional and seasonal sides such as Corn Pudding with scallions and cheddar cheese, Blackened Heirloom Cauliflower and Collard Greens, complement the restaurant's barbeque fare.

Lighter options include large salads with fresh and seasonal ingredients such as kale, manchego cheese and marcona almonds.

Bacon lovers will enjoy The Bacon Bar, which showcases items such as slices of slow-cooked smoked bacon, B.L.T. Sliders and Bacon-Deviled Eggs.

Dessert lovers will be unable to resist spoonfuls of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Pecan Squares with Vanilla Ice Cream or Candy Bar Sundaes filled with Reese's Butter Cup, Snickers and Nestle Crunch.
CATERING/DELIVERY:Beginning in August, County will offer a catering menu
for special events as well as delivery.

A variety of American craft beers by the pint or pitcher will consist of local brews from Lagunitas, Two Brothers and more. A selection of whiskeys will be available and one cocktail will be featured throughout the season, in addition to a selection of spirits, allowing guests to order their drink of choice.
SEATING:40 indoors
50 outdoors
Including many of the space's original features, County's design unites both nostalgic and new. Designer Jodi Morton of2 to 5 Design kept the space's infrastructure intact, updating the original wood panels and light fixtures, while introducing colorful and modern plaid patterns throughout. For items that were not salvageable, Jodi used vintage and second-hand materials to replicate the look and feel of the original space, including weathered butcher blocks for the tabletops, vintage chairs and worn wood floors. She also used textiles to create black and red checked blankets, which cover a large cozy banquette.
Jason Pickleman of JNL Graphic Design created an eyecatching, colorful plaid pattern, which graces the building's exterior, welcoming guests to the cozy establishment.
The result is a homey, eclectic space that commemorates both the history of the building and the neighborhood.
Music also plays a major role in the County experience, honoring the best of blues, R&B and USA's finest rock.
Bringing the barbeque to the backyard, a 50-seat patio will open in late summer.


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