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Publican Quality Meats

Deli / Bodega and Butcher$$$$
Fulton Market, Chicago
117 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • pork belly
  • lively
  • authentic
  • casual
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  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21
    Your favorite sandwich spot becomes a cozy, country-chic event space at night. Upstairs, the Butcher Shop and Cafe seats up to 38; downstairs, the Chef’s Prep Table can fit two dozen. Read more
  • ben m.
    ben mApril 24
    Excellent brunch. The porchetta is great too if you get there in time. They usually have solid beers. I was too wimpy to try the snail sausage in this pic though.
  • David G.
    The Reuben is a must and it's the best coleslaw I've ever had, no seriously, this is not your grandmas mayonnaise stuff - it's amazing!
  • Michael V.
    Michael VioléFebruary 19
    If you find yourself nearby on a sunny day, grab the gyro to go and enjoy the music on a bench outside.
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerDecember 2, 2016
    For charcuterie and cheese lovers, they have an interesting and eclectic selection.
  • La N.
    La NenaSeptember 11, 2016
    the best delicatessen place you will find in Chicago, they have wide varieties of salamy and sausages as well different kinds of cheeses link:
  • Marie L.
    Marie LimAugust 22, 2016
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WhitneyAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Butchers breakfast on the weekend (especially their breakfast potatoes)-- and amazing mochas you can take to go. Also recommend the return of the gyro!
  • Ryan
    RyanAugust 18, 2016
    If you're here on a Saturday, order the Porchetta sandwich
  • Laura Bingyan X.
    Laura Bingyan XueAugust 7, 2016
    Maybe the only thing PQM can improve is the quality of the napkins. Please!
  • Laura Bingyan X.
    Laura Bingyan XueAugust 7, 2016
    So far all their meat product is amazing.
  • Rob D.
    Rob DiglerJune 7, 2016
    Ditto on the lamb meatball and turkey sandwiches, muy bien!
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayMay 29, 2016
    Delicious charcuterie board and blood orange mimosa
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisMay 28, 2016
    Sandwiches all looked good. I had the Return of the Gyro and it was delicious. I may prefer here than the Publican next door. Great service too. Outside seating available.
  • David M.
    David MillerMay 22, 2016
    Cool place, but skip Publican's chicken parm sandwich and go to Nona's instead.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PhillipsMay 16, 2016
    Excellent place.. can't go wrong!!
  • David H.
    David HeiserMay 12, 2016
    Return of the Gyro is outrageously good. The pork belly is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 11, 2016
    This quality bodega operates as a butcher shop, bakery and cafe making it the ultimate deli! Try any one of their artisan house sandwiches or their popular Pork Belly Gyro. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 19, 2016
    Publican Quality Meats is one of those small and unassuming spots that deserves lots of praise for the food they serve. Read more
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 28, 2016
    Charcuterie & meat paradise. Friendly service. Reasonable prices. 🍖
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaNovember 17, 2015
    I don't know if I've ever had a bad sandwich from this place! The whole menu is amazing, and small. Be sure to get a coffee while you're here too.
  • david m.
    david murphyOctober 15, 2015
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  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterOctober 6, 2015
    The sandwiches are fantastic but be prepared to wait. This isn't a quick spot.
  • A N.
    A NOctober 2, 2015
    Breakfast, brunch
  • Kenwan
    KenwanAugust 14, 2015
    Cured meats. Cheese. Lunch. Bread.
  • Jake C.
    Jake CohenJuly 20, 2015
    If you don't have a strong appreciation for meat after eating here, you should go vegan. Ask for some house made jerky ($2/oz) while you figure out your order.
  • Caro C.
    Caro CordJuly 19, 2015
    Great food!
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AshtonJune 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Sandwiches yes, but great stuff to cook at home! Buy the meat and take home the best bread in Chicago
  • Lenel G.
    Lenel GiglioJune 5, 2015
    Delicious food I ever tasted.
  • Claire P.
    Claire PistekApril 16, 2015
    Amazing sandwiches
  • Diego R.
    Diego ReynosoApril 13, 2015
    Awesome sandwiches and meat cuts
  • Mason M.
    Mason MatschkeApril 7, 2015
    Great spot for Lunch
  • Pamela R.
    Pamela RamirezMarch 17, 2015
    Private events here will make your Meeting really special
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuMarch 1, 2015
    Nice brunch but wish I had gotten a sandwich instead
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsFebruary 23, 2015
    Check out Publican Quality Meats as it was featured on Unique Sweets for bringing back a childhood favorite with their amazing pub pops, one push of this frozen pop and you'll be hooked Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaJanuary 27, 2015
    A primo sourcing grounds for picnic provisions or a casual cafe meal, Publican Quality Meats' sleek counter beckons with house-made salumi & sausages, as well as artisan cheeses & homemade breads. Read more
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 4, 2015
    Picked up some pork belly from here for Christmas and it was the best cut we have ever had!
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChristieNovember 8, 2014
    Great sandwiches! The menu changes every so often. Communal seating, so if you don't want to sit next to strangers bring friends. FYI Return of the Gyro is awesome.
  • krach89
    krach89October 24, 2014
    I tried Beatrice sandwich! It's really good
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchSeptember 8, 2014
    Great selection of interesting grillables
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Publican Quality Meats as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Paul G.
    Paul GallagherAugust 30, 2014
    The Parm #2 is a very tasty sandwich, don't be fooled by the size it's extremely filling. Great service here too.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jared Van Camp, chef of Nellcôte, eats here on his nights off. He loves the 'Nduja. Read more
  • Jess P.
    Jess PageAugust 22, 2014
    Pork belly gyro was awesome!
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaAugust 8, 2014
    Chicken parm was great.
  • Adam Z.
    Adam ZadikoffAugust 6, 2014
    The sandwiches are great. Better eaten there than taken out.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    In addition to meat, PQM stocks a wide variety of boutique and gourmet grocery products. No visit to the store is complete without scarfing down at least two of their excellent sandwiches. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    A stop here must include a sample of the housemade pimento cheese dip or the Butcher's daily cheese plate, offering one selection for $6 or three for $16. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The braised pork belly, with its succulent, melt-in-your-mouth goodness, made me forget the lamb completely. Read more
  • Cedric A.
    Cedric A.June 4, 2014
    Shaved beet salad is tasty. Half chicken with the sausage and fries will fill you up. Great beer selection. And - pork belly, son. You need to order this. Succulent.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BouvierMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    What's good? Everything! Eat your pickle, it's spicy.
  • Rex F.
    Rex FJanuary 25, 2014
    Amazing free samples while you wait. Can't go wrong with the Porchetta sandwich or pork belly "gyro" sandwich
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The arctic char tartine at Publican Quality Meats is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. Read more
  • Justin K.
    Justin KawaDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best lunch spot in the city. The smoked fish is always great and maybe the best chicken parmesan sandwich in AMERICA!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SchweizerNovember 22, 2013
    Little gems, charcuterie, pork rinds, chicken, done
  • Fadia K.
    Fadia KaderNovember 20, 2013
    Everything I've tried is amazing! Try the soups! The lamb meatballs and gyro are delicious! Enjoy
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 20, 2013
    Everything at Paul Kahan's butcher shop is worth trying, from the incredible house-cured meats to the crusty bread.
  • David B.
    David BloombergNovember 15, 2013
    So good--creative and bold sandwiches and soups. Highly recommended
  • Liz J.
    Liz JensenNovember 12, 2013
    The hot charcuterie plate is enough food for 2-3 people
  • Justin K.
    Justin KawaOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Smoked fish is always great and their chicken park is top notch
  • Barry M.
    Barry MOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    These guys have the best beef jerky outside Texas. Ask for a sample!
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    Great place to get a beer while you're waiting for The Publican to open.
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteAugust 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The double beef sandwich is awesome.
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteAugust 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They sell pleasant house bakery savory pies in the freezer... Yes
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreJuly 16, 2013
    Tinka's Tofu sandwich: fantastically mouth-watering.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LabadieJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Fried Egg BLT is perfection.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BowersJune 27, 2013
    Be sure to visit the restrooms downstairs so you can see the meat aging room and the knife wallpaper.
  • Jorge M.
    Jorge MartinezJune 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beat burgers in Chicago!
  • Josh H.
    Josh HarrisJune 18, 2013
    San Bitter has been discontinued. Publican has some. Mix it with Cel Ray and you will be very happy!
  • Pooneet K.
    Pooneet KantJune 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome place for sandwiches, their Tuesday burger specials, and their selection of random deliciousness to take home to cook. Which now include the stuffed dates from avec for just $1.50 each!
  • Kate F.
    Kate FanMay 19, 2013
    Go with On The Gyro! Yum yum!
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SusickMay 3, 2013
    Order the cornmeal cookie. Better yet order 6. It's one of the most amazing cookies I have ever eaten.
  • Rohaina
    RohainaApril 20, 2013
    Nom fuckin' nom. Yummy drinks, good coffee, & even better food. Beef meatball sandwich is amazing (pesto!!) and the parm #2 is delicious as well.
  • Anita J.
    Anita JeszkeFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork belly, baby!
  • Alexander G.
    Alexander GouletasFebruary 15, 2013
    a mighty good sandwich, but also the only place in the city that carries mazi's piri piri hot sauce, aswell as many other fine import products
  • Peter D.
    Peter DykstraFebruary 13, 2013
    Take a walk down Fulton St after dinner to view the iconic Fulton Market Cold Storage building before it's demolished. Read more
  • Olivia
    OliviaJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh, where do I start? Just try it for yourself, I know you won't regret!
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BealeJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're in a hurry get a grab and go sandwich. They are 8 bucks as ways delicious. My favorite thing to so is get rillete, pimento cheese and a baguette and snack on that all day ;)
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoroffJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I have dreams about the PB&L, it is that good. Pickles are amazing
  • elizabeth S.
    elizabeth ScottDecember 30, 2012
    Amazing food. Fun-filled, lively environment! Great place for dinner/drinks with friends!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CyganDecember 28, 2012
    Check out the butchers doing work downstairs.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PeternellDecember 26, 2012
    Tuna Muffaletta
  • Scott S.
    Scott SachnoffDecember 12, 2012
    Ribollita soup will warm you up on a cold day.
  • Ian O.
    Ian OrekondyNovember 30, 2012
    Fennel salumi!
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy A.November 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    On Saturdays, they have a huge roasted, juicy porchetta on the counter. Buy slices either to take home or put on a sandwich. Delicious!
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GailNovember 4, 2012
    The crab bisque is better than any other!
  • Ben M.
    Ben MundtNovember 1, 2012
    PB&L sandwich
  • Michael W.
    Michael WelburnOctober 31, 2012
    Amazing burgers.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PoppieSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The roast beef sandwich rules but ask for easy horseradish since it's STRONG!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BraunSeptember 1, 2012
    Try the meatball sandwich. So good
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsAugust 24, 2012
    The delicious pork belly sandwich, topped with shaved apple, watercress, purple onions, yogurt and fresh mint, challenges you to find a better lunch in Chicago.
  • Joelle V.
    Joelle VelascoJuly 30, 2012
    Porchetta sandwich + marinated kale = bomb.
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly Carlson 😷July 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Boudin Noir is outstanding!
  • Katie
    KatieJune 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the 'Train to Tuscany' or 'Better than a Gyro'! You will not be disappointed!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 22, 2012
    Go for a lunch of green-garlic soup and a loaded yellowtail-escabeche sandwich with roasted-tomato-lime aioli: Read more
  • Cindy K.
    Cindy KurmanMay 19, 2012
    Try the Cheese Plate - Really wonderful selection of cheese. Delicious.
  • Katie
    KatieMay 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    LOVE the 'Train to Tuscany' and the muffuletta!
  • Katie
    KatieMay 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The 'Better than a Gyro' is life changing!
  • Katie
    KatieMay 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The BEST almond milk Chai lattes!
  • Leticia G.
    Leticia GarciaMay 12, 2012
    Get the table all the way in the back by the window. You see what's going on inside and outside. Also, get the Train to Tuscany or Better Than A Gyro.
  • Magaly R.
    Magaly ReyesJuly 3, 2012
    Veggie tartine ufffffff mmmm délicieux !!!
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