Bacon and Beer is here. Beginning this Friday, a newer restaurant called Fixture (2706 N. Ashland Ave., 773-248-3331) is offering a Bacon and Beer prix-fixe (that’s “set price” for all you non-Francophiles) dinner in a neighborhood they are calling West Lakeview.
The savory, three-course tasting menu, paired with three distinctly-flavored beers and available through Nov. 30, consists of chef Sarah Nelson’s epicurean twist on pork and brew.
Course One features warm frisee salad with lardons of boar bacon, aged cheddar and a quail egg, paired with a chilly Stella Artois from Belgium. Course Two consists of a pan-seared diver scallop with porchetta (a Tuscan-style suckling pig tenderloin), heirloom tomato fumet and a crispy scallion polenta cake, with an Allagash White from Portland, Maine. And for the final course, Fixture is offering a buffalo kurobuta pork (the Japanese version of a generously marbled Berkshire pig) empanada with guajillo mole, fire-roasted corn pico de gallo and cilantro lime crÃ¨me fraiche, with a Lost Coast Downtown Brown Ale from Eureka, California. Eureka!
The cost for the whole enchilada, the whole hog, is a reasonable $45.