As more and more restaurants are forced to get crafty with delivery, takeout, and pickup options, a couple of meaty institutions are stepping up to make sure that you stay well fed with steaks, chicken, and pork chops.
Publican Quality Meats, easily the foremost meat purveyor in Chicago, thanks in no small part to the dexterous talents and ingenuity of butcher Rob Levitt, has rolled out a brand-new digital butcher shop. While the restaurant and shop itself is closed for dining, it’s a welcome resource for locals looking to purchase online for delivery or curbside pickup. And true to form, PQM is coming through with an impressive roster of daily offerings, spotlighting the ingredients from local farms that have come to be the shop’s bread and butter. Up for grabs: rib-eye steaks, pork chops, chicken breasts, burger patties, sausages, charcuterie platters, and even a cook-at-home version of the famous roast chicken served next door at the Publican.
Photo by John Philip/Courtesy of Publican Quality Meats
The shop has also introduced a make-your-own bacon kit (!), which will be available for pickup starting this Thursday, March 26. And the much-adored Burger Night returns in a new digital form on a weekly basis every Thursday, wherein Levitt squares off against a different local chef and his/her burger recipe. In addition, PQM’s digital butcher shop is stocked with handy pantry provisions and sundries, like daily cheese plates, eggs, pasta, bottles of wine, beer, and even the Publican’s cookbook.
Elsewhere in the West Loop, El Che Steakhouse & Bar is making the most of its temporary closure by pivoting into a weekly butcher shop pop-up every Thursday and Friday. Seeing as the Latin American–inspired restaurant is revered for its meaty cookery (props to chef John Manion), it’s a smart way to keep hungry Chicagoans satiated with all kinds of familiar El Che flavors, including dry-aged prime NY strip steaks, center-cut fillets, short ribs, lamb chops, beef marrow bones, and chorizo links. There’s also alfajor cookies for dessert; several bottles of wine up for grabs; and El Che T-shirts, the proceeds of which go toward the restaurant’s hourly employees. To place an order, visit here.