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Old 10-21-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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Drover knows his Sconny Supper Clubs. Supper Clubs were considered "high end" dining in Wisconsin small towns in the 1940s-1970s, but are now mostly filled with older folks. The good ones will offer several cuts of meat and perhaps a few types of fish. Caesar salad always seems to be served, and you'll usually get a basket of rolls. They are typically dark on the insde, and have always have a bar up front. They are definitely "Meat and Potatoes" establishments, though some got a bit more adventurous with their menus in the 80s and started serving pasta dishes as well. Some do have live entertainment, but I'd say that's a bit rare.

There are similar restaurants around Chicago, but restaurants here have always had to serve better food in Chicago to stay in business. More competition, afterall.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:15 PM
 
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I love supper clubs; at least authentic ones like you find in small towns and in Wisconsin. There's a place called The Mecca in Edison Park on Northwest Highway the is more authentic than probably some of these new ones sprouting up. Another option is The Arbor Inn on the 7500 West block of Belmont. They have steaks, king crab, etc. and are a family owned place that seats about 70 ppl.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:09 PM
 
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It's a damn good drink, and I'm not going to let some hipsters mess it up for me. I love a good bourbon Manhattan.
Me too. Cheers!
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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Gale St. Inn on Milwaukee Ave might be close to a supper club. The menu sounds similar, and there was a bar connected to it. Of course, I haven't been there in 20 years.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:02 PM
 
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Gale Street Inn is a pretty good take on a Chicago-ized supper club. Its pretensions are notably more upscale than its northern counterparts though. But for a Chicago-style supper club... yeah, Gale Street is pretty much the archetype.
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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Cordis Brothers on Irving Park Road opened a while back as a hipster version of an old fashioned Wisconsin supper club. (If you've never heard of a supper club, do some research). Now I recently heard that another hipsterized faux supper club may be opening elsewhere on the North Side. Is it suddenly a new hip thing to drink Brandy Old Fashioneds and Manhattans while eating overpriced steak and potatoes with a basket of crackers? What is up with this trend? It's one thing to order an Old Style, but dropping fifty bucks on a dinner just to be an ironic smart-alecky hipster seems kind of dumb to me. I think the real thing still exists in some older collar neighborhoods and inner suburbs, after all.
Hipsters eat steak and potatoes? How do they fit in them skinny ass jeans?
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:04 PM
 
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Hipsters eat steak and potatoes? How do they fit in them skinny ass jeans?
They go to the bathroom and vomit it out or they only eat like once a week.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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Welp, looks like the "hipster supper club" concept didn't work out for Cordis Brothers. I drove by there this weekend and there were temporary banners on the building reading "The Piggery." Early reviews are mixed, and it looks like they serve old-school Chicago-style "ribs" rather than genuine barbecue ribs.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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Welp, looks like the "hipster supper club" concept didn't work out for Cordis Brothers. I drove by there this weekend and there were temporary banners on the building reading "The Piggery." Early reviews are mixed, and it looks like they serve old-school Chicago-style "ribs" rather than genuine barbecue ribs.
Another hipster trend bites the dust. I also noticed "The Piggery". I hope the current signage is only temporary. It looks like crap.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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How do we know "The Piggery" is not trying to appeal to hipsters?
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