I love this DIY craze that’s been hitting the American food scene! With all the attention that consumers are placing on where things come from and how they’re made, it seems as if many individuals have resorted to the notion that the best way to know the exact what, where, and how of a product is to make it yourself. In addition to controlling such things as the quality and sustainability of the food, making it yourself gives you full reign over the flavor and appearance of a finished product, as well as enabling you to add your own unique flourishes. The DIY revolution doesn’t seem to be merely confined to the home, however, as many chefs are finding more and more items that they can make from scratch, attempting everything from jams, pickles, condiments, and even cured meats...and they don’t seem to be turning back. I am so glad to see that, along with sourcing local products, the trend of making things in house is on the rise in South Florida and can be found a lot closer than I had previously thought. Big City Tavern, on the bustling Las Olas Boulevard, has always been a popular spot for good, informal meals and a convivial vibe, but I have often overlooked this restaurant as a mere purveyor of standard pub fare until a recent meal led me to discover otherwise. Local meat and produce coupled with excellently cured house-made charcuterie, along with a delicious array of homey desserts make Big City Tavern perhaps one of Fort Lauderdale’s best “right-under-our-noses” culinary secrets.
These five Historic Chicago Bars have withstood some of the Windy City’s greatest challenges, and welcomed some of its greatest traditions. And, many of these establishments survived one of nightlife’s greatest challenges, Prohibition. The Berghoff, Southport Lanes, Schaller’s Pump, The Back Room and Twin Anchors have stood the time for different reasons, but one thing they definitely have in common, is that they offer a good time.
The 113-year old establishment, located in the heart of the loop, was owned and inspired by the beer brewing West German immigrant, Joseph Berghoff. In its heyday, the bar sold beer for nickels and offered free sandwiches to their patrons. And, when the prohibition affected Chicago nightlife, Berghoff kept its doors open, functioning as a full service restaurant, also selling ’near beer’. In 1969, Berghoff abandoned its ‘Men Only’ policy after member of the National Organization for Women stood at the bar and demanded service.
In South Florida, where we’re surrounded by bars, bistros, and ultra lounges, the concept of the tavern can seem pretty foreign to us. Luckily, Chef Louie Bossi of Big City Tavern gives Joonbug readers a thorough and historical look at what distinguishes a tavern from just any old eatery. Advertising itself as being “reminiscent of the great urban taverns of Chicago, New York, and Boston,” Big City Tavern boasts an eclectic mix of traditional and innovative American fare including burgers, steaks, pizzas, and signature flatbreads that change daily. The well-executed American comfort food and impressive selection of wines and beers has kept South Floridians coming back for seconds at this Las Olas hotspot.
It's 5pm on Friday, July 1st, and Harlem Tavern is about to open its iron gates. But am I standing in the long line wrapping around the corner of 116th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard? No. Being the smart woman I am, I sent the boyfriend and his buddy to peep out the scene after drinking a beer at Bier International. They reported back that the anticipated chaos associated with a large patio-front restaurant/bar opening on a major holiday weekend in a neighborhood that craves more restaurants is present. At this very moment, I am so glad I am home alone drying my hair.
Black & White Festival
Saturday July 16th & Sunday July 17th
Governor’s Island is easily becoming one of New York’s go-to hot spots for outdoor music festivals. The 176-acre island is fully equipped with its own man made beach, along with some electric, color-changing palm trees. The massive outdoor space welcomed the Black & White Festival last year for its debut event which showcases local New York dance music artists and DJs, with a few appearances from non-NYC mega artists. This year, the two day event scheduled for Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th allows local talent to perform for thousands attending the event.
Tavern, Cudas, Moes, Tavern, Cudas, Moes… sound familiar? Every Thursday, it’s the same monotonous routine. Not to say we don’t have fun in the grove. It’s a college staple to post up and chug back pitchers at Tav, chased by a massive hangover-guaranteed moose juice from Moes, but it’s time to switch it up a bit, start a new tradition. TONIGHT, Thursday, October 7, is the opening of Grove Central, located in the old Boardwalk space across from Tavern. The pizza place will be open for when those late night munchies kick in and the inside space will be popping off until closing. So when a beer just won’t cut it, head to Grove Central where the inside bar will be serving up a full liquor menu and DJ Beats will be spinning every Thursday night till the Grove shuts down at 4 a.m.