After a few slight delays, Butcher & Larder opened its doors for the first time yesterday at noon in Noble Square. The city’s latest butcher shop comes courtesy of Rob Levitt, who suddenly left the acclaimed Mado back in November to go out on his own. For those that knew that former spot, Levitt’s way with meat was always the main draw, and the idea of him having a shop where he did nothing but that always seemed like a perfect fit. Today, the shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., so swing by if you need some bacon or pork jowl, among other meaty delights. It’ll be closed on Tuesday, which is the only day it is closed all week, but if you wait until Wednesday you’ll get to sample some sandwich offerings.
The thought of the former Mado chef getting into the sandwich game is particularly exciting, especially after we read about what Levitt had in mind. According to a post on his blog, The Butcher’s Grip, they’ll be serving “sloppy joes for Wednesday’s hot sandwich and porchetta sandwiches with fennel pickles and arugula for the cold option.” We’ll be checking back in the with the shop later in the week to see how these are coming out.
Butcher & Larder, 1026 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642; 773-687-8280