Big Jones Reveals New Whiskey of the Month and Mardi Gras 2013 Menu



big_jonesChicago’s Big Jones have made a couple of announcements we thought you’d be interested in hearing about.  Big Jones is one of my personal favorite restaurants in Chicago and I am constantly in awe of what Chef Paul Fehribach is doing there.

First, the restaurant will feature Redemption Rye as its whiskey of the month for January.  Here are the facts on Redemption Rye: it is distilled in Indiana and bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky and contains a high premium rye count of 95%.  It is aged for two plus years in charred American oak barrels and bottled at 92 proof (phew!).  When you come in to Big Jones, ask your server or bartender about signing up to the Big Jones Bourbon Society.  Each visit to Big Jones will give members a complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month.  Members will also receive invitations to members-only events (for whiskey tastings and whiskey socials).  You’ll receive a passport that will be marked off with each taste of each of the forty whiskeys – once you’ve tasted them all you’ll be awarded the distinction of Master Taster and will win tickets for two to a “one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner”.  And, as the Master Taster ranks grow, more dinners will be arranged.

Big Jones have also just announced a special menu for the final week of the Mardi Gras 2013 season, culminating on Fat Tuesday.  Running from February 6th – 12th, the Mardi Gras menu will include barbecued shrimp (head-on shrimp in a tangy gravy of hot sauce, house-made worcestershire and butter), peacemaker po boys (fried oysters with a spicy remoulade sauce), red beans and rice cooked with pickled pig’s feet and served with grilled chaurice, and traditional chicken and sausage jambalaya.  Desserts will include homemade king cakes.  The special menu will be available from 5 PM until 9 PM daily, 5 PM until 11 PM on Fat Tuesday.

Also on hand will be the return of one of Big Jones’ most popular family meals, A Cajun Country Ramble (ca. 1955).  The family-style dinner includes both crawfish and liver boudin balls served with crispy house crackling, Sunday Gumbo with Cajun-style potato salad, andouille and alligator sauce piquant with Delta rice, and Gateaux de Sirop for dessert (traditional Cajun cane syrup cake served with tac-tac – caramel corn and ice cream).  The family meal will be available every evening from February 6th – 12th from 5 PM until 10 PM.

Click here for the entire Big Jones Mardi Gras menu.

To make reservations (which it’s highly recommended that you do), call 773-275-5725.

Big Jones recently added the following to their menu: Bhan Mi Po’ Boy – Head cheese, liver boudin, red onion, heirloom radish, cilantro, Red Boat fish sauce, and sriracha mayonnaise, served with fries – which all sounds damn delicious.  Head over to Big Jones’ Facebook page to read more about their Bhan Mi Po’Boy.  I have to get back in there soon, as  I still haven’t tried the Pimiento Cheese Burger.


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