Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Pre-order Book!
Pre-order Book!
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

SAVOR: PB&J
DISH Dining Guide
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2020-09-09

This article shared 1763 times since Wed Sep 9, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Who didn't love a good peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich while growing up ( unless you had a peanut allergy )?

Well, the folks at PB&J ( 205 N. Peoria St.; PBJWestLoop.com ) offer this popular item—although, of course, the restaurant has its own spins on that classic. However, "PB&J" also stands for "pizza, beer and jukebox"—and each is definitely represented here.

Just looking around the airy interior ( which is where the three of us sat because the winds were gusting at about 40 mph that day ) shows plenty dedicated to music/the jukebox. The lyric wall alone ( with lines from dozens of songs ) will have you guessing and staring for hours, but there are also other items such as the Rolling Stones logo and even a fixture featuring the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury with reworked lyrics that reflect a pro-mask wearing stance. ( However, there are plenty of TV screens showing sports if you're interested. )

Start things with a drink—and there's a lot available, from beer ( of course ) to wine to White Claw. However, I opted for the Pear Pressure cocktail—a refreshing take on a Moscow Mule that consists of Grey Goose Pear, ginger beer and lime. However, there are plenty of other options, such as Hot & Bothered ( Cuervo Tradicional, pineapple, lime and habanero bitters ) and This One's for Karen ( champagne and passionfruit )—although, in these politically charged times, that name might have to be reconsidered.

The thing about PB&J's menu is that it offers something for anyone. Shared apps include whole jumbo wings ( in sweet chili, buffalo and BBQ varieties ), truffle fries and even drunken mussels. And salads include the Not So Greek Salad and the provocatively named The Beet Down.

Now, back to the PB&J—as in the sandwiches. This spot has the standard Wonder Bread PB&J, Elvis Style ( with toasted wheat bread, chunky peanut butter, honey and sliced bananas, with bacon and candied bacon options ) and the Not Your Mama's PB&J ( a delicious item that's on oven-toasted multigrain, with almond butter, berry compote and maple-bourbon honey ).

There are other sandwiches, however. One of my guests adored the Keep On Jammin' Burger, which has a patty with beet-onion jam, gruyere, crispy green tomato and bacon aioli, on a sesame bun. I almost got the country chicken sandwich, which features cornflake-crusted fried chicken, creamy slaw and chipotle slaw.

However, as the venue's name indicates, there's also Neapolitan-style pizza—which I ultimately chose. There are enticing choices, such as the delightful BBQ Mother Clucker, which sports smoked BBQ chicken, pickled red onion, mozzarella and cilantro. We also went with the Burrata & Balsamic ( with a prosciutto option ); on its own, it's fine—but it doesn't quite measure up to the other pizza, which dazzles the taste buds by comparison. However, I'm sure even the Mother Clucker might not fare well against the Chicago Heat Wave, which counts "spicy" pepperoni among its ingredients.

And then there's the Golden Goose ( which we did not try ). However, it stands out for at least one reason: It's $350 ( and must be ordered the day before being at PB&J ). It consists of Maison Dutriez's red currant jam ( the world's most expensive jelly, which is hand-seeded using goose quills ), Adams All Natural Peanut Butter, toasted edible gold leaf bread and a drizzle of New Zealand Manuka honey. It's pure indulgence.

So if you get a chance, stop by ( or order from ) PB&J. Whether you get a pizza or an actual PB&J, you're bound to be satisfied.

Note: Profiles/events are based on invitations arranged from restaurants and/or firms.


This article shared 1763 times since Wed Sep 9, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

SAVOR Sam's Crispy Chicken and Umami Burger 2021-04-08
- Sam's Crispy Chicken (SamsCrispyChicken.com) and Umami Burger (UmamiBurger.com), both from C3 (Creating Culinary Communities) and both at 945 W. Randolph St., have launched new food and beverage menus—although indulgence i ...


Gay News

Five Worth Finding: 'Astrographics,' 'Mapplethorpe' and more 2021-03-22
- —'Astrographics' at theMart (starting April 1): Art on theMART (at what used to be known as Merchandise Mart) will resume projections Thursday, April 1, with the world premiere of Astrographics—a ...


Gay News

Webinar to spotlight secret gay life of culinary giant James Beard May 5 2021-03-12
--From a press release - James Beard, who changed how Americans eat, is spotlighted on May 5 with an entertaining live webinar by Food Network star Ted Allen, and author John Birdsall. In the Kitchen Closet takes place May 5 at ...


Gay News

SAVOR Wood: Boystown/Northalsted spot returns 2021-03-09
SAVOR - Some people may snicker when they hear that there's a restaurant named Wood (3335 N. Halsted St.; WoodChicago.com) in the city's Boystown/Northalsted neighborhood—and there is even a currently discontinued Sunday ...


Gay News

SAVOR Nonnina: New team maintains high standards 2021-03-04
- I'm not gonna lie: I was a little concerned about Nonnina (340 N. Clark St.; NonninaChicago.com). News trickled down that the highly esteemed team of Executive Chef Tony Priolo and business partner Ciro Longobardo (who are ...


Gay News

National Restaurant Association Show cancelled 2021-02-26
- Event organizers of the National Restaurant Association Show announced the cancellation of the 2021 National Restaurant Association Show, which was scheduled to take place May 22-25 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois ...


Gay News

Spots revealed for Chicago Restaurant Week 2021 2021-02-26
- The venues participating in Chicago Restaurant Week (March 19-April 4) have been revealed. This year's participants include a range of restaurants throughout Chicagoland offering specially priced, prix fixe menus for ...


Gay News

Chicago Southland Restaurant Week on Feb. 21-27 2021-02-11
- The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the launch of the inaugural Chicago Southland Restaurant Week. Designed to promote Chicago Southland restaurants while encouraging residents and visitors to support ...


Gay News

SAVOR Cafe Press--steeped in history 2021-02-09
- Like most neighborhoods in Chicago, Printers Row has its own illustrious history. In the 1880s, the neighborhood was the center of the Midwest when it came to printing—hence the area's name. And Cafe Press (800 S. ...


Gay News

Chicago Restaurant Week returning in 2021 2021-02-03
- Choose Chicago has announced the return of Chicago Restaurant Week on March 19-April 4, 2021. Chicago Restaurant Week offers local food enthusiasts an opportunity to experience some of the city's most highly sought restaurants. Participating dining ...


Gay News

Biden's relief plan grows assistance for 3M LGBT adults experiencing food insecurity 2021-01-24
- Today, President Biden signed executive orders to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The orders include plans to expand the federal nutrition assistance program, pause federal debt payments for veterans, establish a $15 an ...


Gay News

BOOKS Author examines James Beard's life in 'The Man Who Ate Too Much' 2021-01-24
- Any established person in the food/restaurant industry or true foodie has surely heard of James Beard (1903-85), who many feel revolutionized cuisine in the United States more than any other individual. In The Man Who Ate ...


Gay News

COVID-19 Chicago, suburban restaurants slated to reopen Jan. 23 2021-01-23
- Customers will be allowed back inside restaurants and many bars in Chicago and suburban Cook County beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The city and Cook County will move from Tier 2 to Tier ...


Gay News

FDA funding blood-donation study about gay, bisexual men 2020-12-16
- On the heels of news that England has mostly relaxed regulations regarding blood donations from gay and bisexual men, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is funding a study around blood donations by men in those ...


Gay News

Report: Take Off Your Mask So I Know How Much to Tip You 2020-12-11
--From a press release - Today, One Fair Wage, a national nonprofit organization representing subminimum wage and other tipped workers, in partnership with #TimesUp, the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center, Professor Catharine MacKinnon, Professor Louise Fitzgerald and ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.