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Southern BBQ Chicago Style

17 May

As a fan of southern style BBQ, I’m eager to check out Chef Cary Taylor’s summer menu at Wicker Park’s latest and greatest (and former Chez Lounge), The Southern. According to the Restaurant Intelegance Agency, The Southern’s getting into the warm-weather spirit with barbecue and raw oysters.

A Fried Chicken Dinner from The Southern

With BBQ season upon us (who doesn’t mind grilling in their jackets?)- The Southern is offering more elaborate and gourmet barbecue options. From the RIA:

Taylor’s fancy barbecue is so named for its innovative apricot-mustard barbecue sauce and accompanying local ingredients. Pork shoulder is the barbecued meat of choice, slathered in the sauce and served over Spence Farm wheat berries and Bare Knuckle Farm grilled ramps.

Oysters on the half shell are a refreshing counterpoint. Taylor is currently featuring oysters from the Virginia coast, which he serves with a Southern-style garnish of pepper jelly made with bell peppers and jalapeños. As the chef explains, pepper jelly is a traditional condiment in the South, and he likes it with oysters for its combination of spicy and sweet. Crushed saltines add a bit of crunch.

In addition to the barbecue fare at The Southern, delicious cocktails are a plenty, from their bacon-Bourbon Bloody Marys to the Magnolia punch bowl featuring Champagne, Grand Marnier and OJ. The menu and cocktail list looks promising,we’re eager to head over and check it out.


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