There’s something about summer weekends in Chicago that just make me want to kick back, enjoy the weather, grill out and have a cocktail. If you, too, like to spend your weekends this way (because really, who wouldn’t?) then I’d encourage you to check out Mott St Chicago’s Weekend Roast. Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5PM, Mott St heats things up with their fire roasted kalbi, lamb belly ribs and shrimp and cools things down with their amazing shaved ice cocktails. All the fun of a BBQ with no work, no mess and far better than I could ever prepare!
Mott St’s Weekend Roast takes place in their outdoor beer garden. With communal tables and a rustic pergola, the Beer Garden has an ultra casual atmosphere. When you’re ready to order you simply head over to the BBQ pit and place your order. Same thing goes for cocktails. In addition to the shaved ice cocktails, craft beer and wine are available outdoors.
- Ryukyu // rice shochu, passion fruit, sencha, orange and garden-grown basil
- Ants on a Log // sparkling red wine, celery, lemon and basil seeds (the ants!)
- Gin and Juice // Letherbee Vernal Gin, jimaica, wood sorrel (picked right from the garden!) and carrot greens
Beverage Director Nate Chung seriously hit the mark when concocting these beauties. We tested all three and in general the flavors are subtle, refreshing and not overly sweet. My favorite was the Ryukyu (note that I’m a big shochu fan), while Brittany enjoyed the Gin and Juice best.
Not only did we drink, we also ate. We chose the kalbi and shrimp as well as sides of shishito peppers, corn on the cob and chili-lime watermelon. We experimented with the sauces on the table (which were equally as delicious as our main course), sipped our cocktails and watched the BBQ and cocktail-making for most of the afternoon with no one giving us the stink eye to just leave already.
Will we be back for more of Mott St Chicago’s Weekend Roast? Of course we will. The combination of drinks, food, service and atmosphere are unique and well worth coming back for.