Everyone’s talking about the chef’s table at Frontier, West Town’s new haunt. And why wouldn’t they be?
Chef Brian Jupiter smokes whole animals (pig, goat, boar, lamb) from local, sustainably minded farms and serves them family style with your choice of sides.
But meat isn’t for everyone. Some go for the cocktails. Or the ambiance. They settle in at the bar and order from the a la carte menu. Here are a few things to do if you’re one of those people.
1. Most importantly, go on a weeknight to avoid the overzealous DJ. Order a wintry nutmeg Manhattan (Maker’s Mark with a hit of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon stick-infused syrup) and chat up the stuffed grizzly bear behind the bar.
2. Enjoy a Firestone beer by the upstairs fireplace. It’s so small batch that brews don’t stick around for long, so get them while they’re hot.
3. Go for brunch, starting in a few weeks: corned bison hash, fried rabbit and waffles, bananas Foster French toast, and three kinds of Bloody Marys.
4. Hang out in the 2,500-square-foot beer garden, opening in April.
Frontier, 1072 North Milwaukee Avenue, at Thomas Street (773-772-4322 or thefrontierchicago.com).
Photo: Mireya Acierto / Courtesy of Frontier