The Hunt Club, a popular spot for revelers on the corner of Maple and State, has never had food worth talking about… until now. The folks from The Southern have put their stamp on the new menu, and it’s worth some attention. All in all, it’s a huge step up from what was served there before and not your typical bar food.
We started out with “the sticky fingers” per our waiter’s recommendation — essentially the equivalent of boneless chicken wings in a tangy sauce served with blue cheese or ranch dressing (or both, which is certainly the best way to go). They were wonderful, and we ate every bite. It was nice being able to eat food like that with a fork and to still think it was finger-lickin’ good.
We went for burgers next, the Greek and the Big Blue to be exact, with side salads. The burgers were good, but not Kuma’s quality, and the side salads were beautiful but as impossible to eat neatly as the burgers. So make a note on both. Tasty? Yes. Easy-to-eat clubbing food? Nope. Still, it’s worth it if you’re primary goal is good eats.
One of the best parts of my meal was dessert, so save room. The carrot cake, garnished with carrot puree is excellent.
Oh… and if you have a hankering for mac and cheese but have yet to track down The Southern’s new mac and cheese truck on your lunch break, you’ll find the exact same recipe served up at The Hunt Club. Mac and cheese is sure to be a crowd pleaser there at any hour. Pair it with a bottle of Alpha King and you’ll be good to go.
Cheers to @gourmetrambler for inspiring me to get on over to the Hunt Club for a bite.
The Hunt Club
1100 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610