Scofflaw's fries are hands down my favorite fries in Chicago. And the pimenton aioli is something that I could happily eat with a spoon.
Yes, they are, indeed, terrific. I had some at a(nother) visit last week.Frites and Pimenton Aioli
But I should start at the beginning because the frites were actually the last item we ordered. We arrived right at the open (5:00 pm), when Danny and the crew were just finishing their set-up for the evening . . .Danny Shapiro preps the citrusDanny setting up for service
Being that it was early -- and not yet busy -- my companion and I opted for some Dealer's Choice cocktails. I made some notes on the drinks we were served (and got to taste) and took some pictures of drinks being made for other folks in the bar . . .El Dorado 5-year, Strega, lime juice, simple syrup, house bittersCorn & OilRansom Old Tom gin, Bonal, Escorial, Fees Rhubarb bitters, expressed grapefruit oilDel Maguey Chichicapa mezcal, Rittenhouse 100, Carpano Antica Formula, Peychaud's, expressed orange oilCocktailCocktailSmith & Cross, honey syrup, muddled mint, pineapple juice float
At this point, we and the patron next to us ordered a couple items I'd had on previous visits (described upthread). He was kind enough to let me photograph them . . .Guapichosa |
lard-cooked pork cheek and pork belly, brisket, chipotle, avocado, tomato, greens, etc.
Just a killer sandwich all the way around. A delectable, meaty, messy, slightly-smoky, umami bomb. This sandwich is the stuff of dreams.Veg of the Day |
roasted cauliflower and carrots, olive oil, salt
If you're a fan of cauliflower (as I am), this dish is a must-order. It's tender - but not mushy - with great roasted flavor. The light dash of olive oil and sprinkle of salt are perfect accents.
In addition to the frites pictured above, we also had the refreshing chicory salad, and were treated to sample bowls of a very tasty cauliflower and raw scallop soup, which is likely to hit the menu soon (sorry, no pics).
Before we left, we enjoyed one more round and watched a few more meticulously-crafted cocktails go out to other customers . . .Old FashionedCocktailCocktail
What an enjoyable place Scofflaw is to spend time. On this night we chit-chatted with the friendly staff and with a bunch of other customers. There were some neighborhooders, some industry folks and -- like us -- some who'd purposefully zig-zagged out of their own neighborhoods just to come to Scofflaw.
I just wanna live until I gotta die. I know I ain't perfect but God knows I try. --Todd SniderTwitter: ronniesuburban