Monday, July 30, 2012

Publican Quality Meats

Location: 825 W Fulton
Cost: About $12 per person

Typically, on the weekends, my parents go to the deli in our home town. A few weekends ago they had to pass on their routine because they had a charitable event to attend downtown. They gave me a call to meet up for a meal afterwards. I figured we should go hit up some deli style place to somewhat stick to tradition. Since they were already in the loop, I told them to meet me at Publican Quality Meats.

PQM is right across the street from The Publican, a block in from Halsted on Fulton. They've got one big room with a deli counter and a bunch of communal tables. My parents don't care for the communal seating at all, but luckily we got the one four top. They also have some seating outside, but it was a good 100 degrees that day.

Our waiter was really, really weird. He just had this whole funk to him. He spoke quietly and made awkward comments. Mostly though, when we ordered, he was completely emotionless and blank. Either way, our food came out pretty quickly. You'll pay a little less than $10 per sandwich and a few more bucks for a side. You get plenty of food for your money.

The Food
My mom ordered the Sorrel Vichysoisse Soup and the Elotes while my dad and I split the Roast Beef Sandwich and the Smoked Fish Sandwich. The soup was served cold and was full of potatoes and smoked trout. It was way too salty for my taste, but my parents liked it. The elotes had an interesting spice rub. My mom said it was the best corn on the cob she'd ever had. The smoked fish sandwich had salmon, cucumber, jam, and lemon on this large ciabatta roll. It was kind of bland and the gigantic roll didn't help. The roast beef sandwich was way better. The spectrum of texture from the sharp crust to the airy interior of the bread was fantastic. The meat came out on the rarer side too. With the strong horseradish sauce to top things off, we really enjoyed this one.

Sorrel Vichysoisse Soup

 The Elotes

 The Smoked Fish Sandwich

 The Potato Salad

 The Coleslaw

 The Roast Beef

There's been a lot of hype around PQM since it opened a few months ago. They seem to have some excellent selections from the deli counter. They also have some pretty good beers to pick from. I thought our meal was a bit hit or miss, but that roast beef sandwich was really something else. I'm giving them 3.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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