One of my favorite specialty shops in Chicago is Paul Kahan’s Publican Quality Meats. A butcher shop specializing in hand-crafted charcuterie and locally sourced meats, Publican Quality Meats also offers a selection of artisanal cheeses and breads. During the day, Publican Quality Meats serves soups, salads, sandwiches, and charcuterie to take away or enjoy in the café. In the evening, the space is transformed into a private dining room for Kahan’s restaurant The Publican which is located across the street.
I love the whole chickens available plain or marinated with The Publican blend of spices as well as the vast selection of pork, beef, and lamb from local, organic farms. The butchers are friendly and knowledgable. A gourmet selection of olive oils, vinegars, spices, and salts are available in addition to farm fresh eggs and milk.