After 10 years working with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, Kristine Subido announced she is leaving her post as executive chef of Wave in the W-Lakeshore. Subido is planning to open her first restaurant, Pecking Order: A Chicken House, at a soon-to-be-disclosed location near the Clark and Montrose intersection in Uptown early this summer.
Pecking Order, which Subido is working on with her mother, will be a fast-casual counter-service spot with up to 80 seats to dine-in or take away roasted, grilled or fried chicken. Subido will prepare the chicken in a traditional Filipino style with soy, vinegar, sugar and garlic—a recipe that has been in her family for generations.
Subido said the entire menu will focus around chicken, so whether that's salads, soups or sandwiches, it'll have chicken in some form. She'll also offer some sides: a riff on arancini with sticky rice and stuffed with adobo chicken; riff on a Scotch egg with Filipino flavors; garlic rice; and sweet plantains.
The restaurant will serve local seasonal craft beers on tap; Subido is hoping to work with Half Acre and some others, but is still working on the details. She'll also serve bottled Asian beer like San Miguel and have various punches served by the glass or in pitchers. And for people waiting for take-out orders, she'll offer smaller "pony" sizes of beer and punch. For dessert, Subido will have her own version of a halo halo, a classic Filipino snow cone dessert, but will use all-natural syrup. Subido said the average check can range from $9 to $20, depending if people get alcohol.
Subido, whose last scheduled day at Wave is April 15, has loved her time working with Cornerstone, but said it's just time to move on. "I felt like I would prefer to open my own place rather than work elsewhere," she said. "I have a family of my own, not that the weight of the work will be less, but it will be more rewarding for me. Also, this is one of my mom's dreams. It makes sense for us."