On a very normal trip to Chicago, I went to one of my old favorite haunts in Murder Town, a chicken shack called Feed. Alas, my dining experience was ill-fated because the collard greens had gone WAY downhill. In the past year, my life has felt a bit unlucky in the greens department - it sucks when something you love dies a violent hipster-staff-F’ed-this-up induced death. Lucky for me on a dinner with the girls last week, I found my new favorite collard greens at a newish, hip dining spot in town: The Silver Dollar.
The Silver Dollar is a honky-tonk that serves darn good food and fine whiskey. It’s cozy. The first thing I did was sit down and order my favorite StaceO combo - a nice bourbon and a cheap beer (below, Pappy Van Winkle in a shot glass, $11 and up, and a Lone Star Beer, $3).
The menu is pretty easy to navigate - there’s a little something for everyone, vegetarian to carnivore:
I got veggie sides because I was in the mood. God bless the collards. I also got green beans that had a nice flavor (see below), but I found them to be a little too oily for my liking (as far as being motivated to finish them).
I tried The Basket of Livers and was swept back in time to my Mema’s kitchen. I know she’d like these fried livers. They are nice and creamy with a crunchy, battered outside.
My friend Allison got the veggie burger:
Everyone at the table agreed that the veggie burger was surprisingly greasy, but then I had a moment of “A-HA!” - I’m not going to let the grease set me back as far as The Silver Dollar menu is concerned. I liked everything that I tried, and if I go into eating there next time understanding that things might be a little bit greasier than I am expecting, it will be a-ok. (Deep breath)
I will say that our sweet waitress was a tad overwhelmed, and I was never asked if I wanted more expensive bourbon (UPSALE, girl) and some condiments for other parties were forgotten, but overall I didn’t have a bad experience. With every new place, I believe there are bound to be hiccups, so I’m going back with my bearded husband in tow for the fried fish and some red meat VERY soon. And also, I will get collards. LOVE those greens. Favorite.
Go check out The Silver Dollar. It’s seriously fun to hang out there.
Mon - Sun:5:00 pm-2:00 am
“Here are things you will find [at The Silver Dollar]: a grand space, steeped in history; the deliciously loud sounds of Bakersfield-style honky-tonk music and laughter; great cocktails; an extensive list of bourbons and tequilas; quick, smart service; a chef-driven menu filled with the vivid flavors from the Southwest — especially.” (from the Courier-Journal review - click the text to read entire article)