It may have been cold at Soldier’s Field that night, we were warm and toasty trying some great cocktails and bites at a new spot down Southport’s Corridor. We had the pleasure of trying the food on opening night at The Butcher’s Tap.
We had felt the down home vibe with the playing of country music . Sitting down, we started off with a couple of cocktails. TBT specializes in beers, liquors, and creative drinks.Always loving the fruity drinks, I had to try the red sangria. Pure sunshine in a glass, it was fresh fruit , pineapple and orange juice , mixed with raspberry liqueur and wine. Another one that I tried was so I could get into the season. The Dominican Hot Cider was a warm drink that was a twist to hot cider. The apple juice was mixed with rum and spices to give the cocktail a hearty flavor. Since it was game night, the perfect starter was wings. What usually makes the wings is the sauce, this was the rule here as well. All of the sauces are made in house and punctuate the flavor of the wing. Splitting the order, we got the spiced Korean and one Jameson BBQ. The Korean tantalized with the oriental taste I love and the Jameson’s down home flavor made me smile.
Artisan and fresh are more the buzz words here. For the more discriminating diner, are the butcher boards filled with meat and cheese. The restaurant was originally an old butcher shop. I wanted to embrace its roots so I tried one of the burgers. There were so many to choose from so I opted for the Chicago Cut. The huge patty was embraced with arugula , carmelized onions, mushrooms, and steak sauce completed the burger. Add some spicy ketchup and fries and you have got a meal.
One thing i have to note is the other entree that we enjoyed that night. It was simply called “The Picnic” Served in a real picnic basket , it serves 1-2 and it lives up to it s name Chicken strips made in a homemade batter, are accompanied by three sides . The portions are huge and will make a great snack later. My favorite side was the potato salad. Ham chunks and cheese made it a winner in my book.
The Butcher’s Tap is located at 3553 North Southport