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Thoughts on Beer & Food, Home & Away

Great Taste Weekend Eats & More
Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 by thewimperoo


My Great Taste weekend started on Wednesday.  I had some time to kill before my good buddy, Theodor Herzl, showed up at my house so I decided to check off one of my long time Chicago destinations Longman & Eagle. 

Started off with a Pride & Joy from Floyds

For food, I ordered the chicken and waffles with sweet potato hash and pork belly


This was an awesome dish.  The chicken was juicy.  The batter was light and crispy.  Waffle was perfect.  Can't go wrong with hash and pork belly.  

TheodorHerzl got to my house and we had a chill night opening up some good bottles.  Jester King Das Wunderkind, Russian River Temptation Batch 4 and Firestone Walker Double DBA.  All were excellent.  Really enjoyed the Temptation more than I had ever in the past.  We called it a relatively early night as we had a big day ahead.

Thursday started with breakfast at this place

I had the blueberry flapjacks with blueberry-lemon compote and blueberry butter.  They were real nice.  Matt had the Migas de puerco.  I had some solid dish envy on this.  

From there we hit the road to get into the City for some fun.  First stop was at the Lincoln Park Binny's.  It's always fun to peruse the selection there.  Next, we grabbed a couple of beers at Goose Clybourn.  We arrived right when they opened so there was no one else there for a while.  Nothing too outstanding in the beer department, but some solid choices.  

After that we headed to lunch at Pequod's.  Met up with Chip, PepperPete, Bakes and Rockzo.  Pizza was delicious as always.  The company was even better.  Thicklaugh was scaring people.  I thought Bakes might die from pizza orgasm. 

We took the quick walk over to Local Option after lunch.  Got a Morning Wood, which was delicous. Since I had a long night of drinking ahead and Matt had the drive up to Madison, we headed back home.  

Thursday night at Brac's has been well documented.  A great time had by all, and lots of excellent beer consumed.

In bed at 4 am, up at 6:45 to get up and go to breakfast with the kid before we drop her off at daycare and hit the road.  OOF

New Glarus was the first stop on Friday.  Grabbed Sour Ale bottles and walked around the beautiful grounds.

From there, we headed to Brasserie V for lunch.  Started with a Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget IPA.  Great stuff

Grilled veggie sandwich with goat cheese for me

BLT with avocado for the wife

Order of Frites to share

I really enjoy Brasserie V, just wish it was closer to the square.

From there we hit up a few stores, but nothing tickled my fancy.  We checked into the hotel and took a nap for a bit before we headed out for the pre-parties.  

We started at Madison's for the Goose party.  Free BCS can't be beat.  Ended up double fisting BCS and finishing it off with a Juliet and En Passant.  

After Madison's we were hoping to hit up The Tipsy Cow for dinner, but it was crazy busy as was everything else in the square.  Getting broken up from the group and not in shape to drive, I let the wife figure out what to eat.  We ended up at the Weary Traveler.  Hungarian Goulash for me.  Grilled Walleye Sandwich for the wife.  The food here was good.  It was dark and loud in here.  I'd like to check it out for brunch sometime.

After dinner, I made an appearance at the Brickhouse just in time for Exodus tapping.  The bar was a disaster zone and it took nearly 20 minutes to get a beer.  The whole scene was a bit too crazy for me so I cut out around 10:15 or so.

Early to bed, early to rise.  Started off Saturday morning with a trip to Greenbush Bakery.  Was able to get some giant apple fritters.  Score!

The apple fritters were for later so we made our way to the Square for breakfast.  Tradition states that Marigold Kitchen is the place to go on Saturday morning.

Duck Confit Hash was as delicious as always

My wife's french toast was tasty, but nothing compared to the hash.

A bit of a walk around the market to work off breakfast

The fest was awesome again. Outside of Thursday, my favorite part of the weekend.  So much good beer.  Can't wait for next year.

Pig in a Fur Coat was dinner on Saturday night.  We really enjoyed the place.  The food was tasty, service was solid and vibe was good.  

First course - Dates with chorizo and piquillo pepper

Second Course - Duck Egg Ravioli with bacon and brown butter sauce

Third Course - Beets with goat cheese and walnuts and balsamic

Fourth Course - Pork Belly with eggplant, pine nuts, tomatoes and sunflower seeds

Fifth Course - Trout with potato, pattypans and fennel

After dinner, we went over to the Brickhouse.  I always enjoy Brickhouse much more on Saturday night just because it's a lot more relaxed and chill.  Such a good time hanging out, although we did retire before all of the "real fun" began.

Sunday morning breakfast at the Old Fashioned is also tradition.  Food was good like always, but the service was brutal. 

Cheese Curds

Steak, mushroom and swiss cheese scrambler

Ham and Eggs

With that we made our way back home.  Final beer and glass haul from the past 3 days


Great food, beer and friends.  Already looking forward to next year.  Cheers!