An Experience Like No Other: mEAT
I had the pleasure of experiencing a restaurant that recently opened its doors in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood, named mEAT (located at 3339 N. Halsted Street). For those familiar with Boystown, PLEASE DO NOT let the location deter you from having one of the most unique and enjoyable dining experiences of your life. Let go of any preconceived notions and simply enjoy yourself.
You can choose to have an intimate dining experience or you can choose to dine at the community table. I suggest that you opt to eat at the community table, if seating is available at the table and you don’t have any qualms about dining with strangers. Eating at the community table could potentially increase your chances of having that much more fun.
Before I tell you about the food, I must apologize because I don’t have a picture for every menu item I tasted. I was too busy eating. :-). Trust me, when you go to mEAT, you will do the same.
For starters, you can’t go wrong with either cheese fondue. You simply have to determine if you want the flavor of 3 cheeses versus white truffle oil. The cheese fondues are served with apples, veggies, and bread. Another awesome option is the Bacon Onion Tart. Yep, you read that right. I ate pork. I ate pork and I liked it. Scratch that, I ate pork and I looooooved it. I had not eaten pork since my college days. I have been out of college for a couple of decades.
After the starters, choose from the menu your choice of skewers and family style sides. mEAT offers a variety of skewers: vegetable, chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and bacon wrapped date skewers. Of the skewers I tasted, shrimp and bacon wrapped dates were my favorite (Yep, I ate pork again, The bacon is AMAZING!!). Honestly, the aroma from the sweet smelling skewer tempted my senses and I gave in. For the sides to accompany the skewers, the cauliflower purée and Greek potatoes are packed full of flavor and will get my vote with each visit.
End your meal with your choice of dessert fondues. They offer 2 milk chocolate fondues and 1 white chocolate fondue. The Flaming Turtle and Banana Foster were my favorite. The Joy isn’t a bad choice also. Keep in mind, when the kettle of dessert fondue is placed on the table, do not sit to close to the kettle because your server will set it ablaze–so cool.
While you are at mEAT, you have to order a cocktail or two. I opted for virgin cocktails. And I must say, I see why Heather was a finalist for RedEye’s Best Bartender 2014 contest. My drinks were amazing. I didn’t feel as if I was missing out because the drinks didn’t contain alcohol. She made a glorious Strawberry Nojito and an intriguing Szechuan Button Cocktail. With a nibble of the Szechuan Button’s bud, you will feel a slight tingling sensation in your tongue that amplifies the sweet and sour flavors of the Szechuan Button Cocktail.
From the first bite of the starter to the last bite of the dessert and everything in between, my tastebuds and I were all smiles. mEAT prides themselves on serving cage-free and hormone-free meat, as well as, wild caught seafood. mEAT offers amazing food and cocktails that exemplifies care and a unique thoughtfulness that ensures you will enjoy your dining experience.
At the time of this post, mEAT is open only for dinner. With some time, I think they would offer an AMAZING weekend brunch 😉