With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s assumed that the holiday will involve typical items such as turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc. However, for those who do not celebrate the “typical” American holiday or in an effort to go against the grain, a wonderful substitution for the butterball turkey & the maple-glazed ham are slices of beautifully encased meats. Having so many locations around the city perfecting its charcuterie and sausage platters, it’s hard to truly dub a favourite – which is why we’ve narrowed it down to our top five (in no particular order):
Publican Quality Meats
825 W. Fulton Market Street Chicago, IL 60607
As it says in the name, PQM is known for its quality meats, along with its hyper-seasonal menu. Offering its own house-made charcuterie, seasonal cheeses, rustic soups, home-made breads, and more, PQM is not only a butcher shop, but it is also a neighborhood cafe, bakery, and gourmet market. Calling its home in Chicago’s meatpacking district, PQM, along with its sister restaurant, Publican, continue to wow its customers with its conscionable and local selections.
626 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Head Chef Kim says it best, “We’re trying to make food that tastes good using a different, but familiar application.” With that being said, Mott Street introduces a Filipino and Thai version of a charcuterie platter, serving up two different types of sausages that play off both the sweet and savory sides of the spectrum. While the Longanisa, the sweeter pork sausage, brings a softer and enjoyable flavour profile to the board, the Issan Sausage, made of fermented garlicky pork and rice, contains pieces of whole peppercorns that explode with flavour during each bite. If the sausages don’t blow your mind, wait until you try its garnish of luscious apple-ginger marmalade, you’ll want to scoop out every last spoonful.
Table, Donkey and Stick
2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647