Chicago owes its entire economic development to the processing and packaging of beef, and beef has helped to shape some of Chicago's most iconic dishes. The famous Baltimore journalist HL Mencken coined the nickname Chicago, the " abattoir by the lake, " just at the beginning of the last century.
Today, meat still has a heavy weight on the Chicago restoration scene, with new venues such as the lauded burger-barheavy-metal Kuma's Corner ( http://www.kumascorner.com/ ) in Avondale that keeps it alive The reputation of the city as the birthplace of exceptional meat dishes that are among the best in the world.
The Columbia World Exposition of 1893 in Chicago was a showcase for new inventions for the society of the future, here the first one was presented for the first time (with a height of approximately 80 meters). But one of the biggest inventions that came out of the fair was culinary: the hot dog "red", introduced by the Viennese immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany. The company Vienna Beef still exercises his office today and remains a winning combination: A hot dog beef Vienna style on a bagel with poppy seeds and garnished with chopped onion, pickle and a dash of celery salt and mustard ( Never ketchup).
The tremendous success of these tubular pleasures to catch with the hands allowed Reichel and Ladany to open its first store the following year, in Near West Side. Since then, the hot dog Vienna Beef has become a staple of Chicago. Over the years there have been several interpretations and creative versions of this classic, especially known to the local culinary legend Doug Sohn, who served his creations to long lines of client patients at Hot Doug's, establishment that closed in 2014 and still today Speak, with praise, the Chicagüenses. Be that as it may, you can eat Vienna Beef in locations all over the country just like in your hometown of Chicago, including Jude's ( http://www.geneandjudes.com/ ) a lively and cheap restaurant in River Grove. Or you can go directly to the original establishment and take a tour of the facilities of Vienna Beef ( http://www.viennabeef.com/ ); Those who want to go deeper into the subject can attend classes at their Hot Dog University ( http://www.viennabeef.com/hot-dog-university ), where students are taught to run their own positions.
There is a unique vocabulary in Chicago when it comes to ordering an Italian beef sandwich that is known and accepted everywhere . Whether you like " wet " meat, " dry " or " hot " or " sweet ", there is no forbidden way to enjoy this imperishable classic. The real story of this sandwich has been lost over time, but many foodies agree that it originated in Chicago at the beginning of the last century. The sandwich consists of meat cut into very thin slices that is seasoned with giardiniera (pickled vegetables,
Chicago was the center of slaughterhouses and the meat-packing industry, and Italian immigrants working in such abattoirs often took lower-quality, more affordable cuts of beef. It is also said that with so many guests at weddings and other Italian events, it was necessary to make the meat give of itself, for that reason they cut very fine, to ensure that it reached all. An Italian immigrant in particular, Pasquale Scala, founded a shop after the First World War which eventually expanded into the Scala Packing Company. Launched in 1925, it specialized in the so-called " Italian beef ", serving as a supplier of stalls and restaurants in the city that made sandwiches that would quickly become famous.
Another favorite, the revered Al's Beef ( http://www.alsbeef.com/ ), opened in 1938 and has been a very popular site ever since (now a franchise), while another famous, also since Many years ago, is Johnnie's Beef ( https://www.facebook.com/Johnnies-Beef-169537026394157/ ) at Elmwood Park, where beef-cooked veal is transformed into something more than the sum of its ingredients with the incomparable Spicy sauce of the house.
The " cheezborger " (cheeseburger) at the famous Billy Goat Tavern ( http://www.billygoattavern.com/ ) is proof that sometimes the simplest is the best. Also called simply " borger " (hamburger), it is composed exclusively of meat and cheese inside the bread: you add the dressings: gherkin, onion, pickles and / or ketchup and mustard. No fries, just patatitas. But if you give a bite to your borger, you will discover how wonderful simplicity is (satirized by John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in the recurring sketch of Saturday Night Live "Olympia Café").
Billy Goat is also the origin of another popular Chicago story: the curse of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Until 1945, the Cubs were one of the safest bets in the league. Then, during the fourth game of the World Series that year, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, William Sianis, bought two tickets to see them and took his pet-goat with him to give good luck. The usher did not accept it and asked him to leave the stadium, so Sianis threw the famous curse on the team: "The Cubs will never win the World Series if the goat is not allowed into Wrigley Field." Curse and 107 years since the Chicago baseball team last won the World Series.
The Fulton Market District is an area with frantic activity, always with the noise of meat packaging processors buzzing non-stop throughout the day and the city's elevated trains, Green Line and Pink (the "L "), Passing constantly. But this exterior border hides a renewed scene in the field of art and restoration, reinforced by a second outdoor location of the Green City Market. Fulton Market Kitchen ( http://www.fultonmarketkitchen.com/ ) is one of the great favorites of the city and, with a new head chef, the menu offers some surprising changes that undoubtedly deserve a visit . The recent arrival of modern cuisine such as that of chef Stephanie Izard, with her Duck Duck Goat inspired by Chinese cuisine ( http: //duckduckgoatchicago.com/ ), or the new company of extraordinary pastry chef Anna Posey, with inspiring art-gastronomic fusions, shows that this district has become a point of reference for new talent. This previously overlooked neighborhood is proving to be a hidden gem, which enchants local cuisine lovers and tourists looking for quality and flavors of the place.