David Burke is getting set to unleash his latest project on Chicago—the bacon-themed mini-sandwich shop Burke's Bacon Bar located alongside David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel. The menu is all set, featuring nine "handwiches," each made with one of four types of bacon, most for $4 each.
Each is based on different culinary staples or a particular sandwich. For example, the "Five-Spice Duck" is a take on Peking Duck, made with Chinese bacon, hoisin, cucumber, cilantro and served on a steamed bun. Other selections include takes on a Hawaiian-themed sandwich, a reuben, a banh mi, and a Chicago-style hot dog. Burke has designed one vegetarian sandwich (eggplant parmesan) although diners can add bacon for an extra buck.
Other menu items include three salads, a soup of the day, sides (such as "crack snacks" with bacon), and La Colombe coffee. Dessert centers on soft serve ice cream and yogurt, cheesecake pops, and two sweets with bacon: chocolate chip cookies and peanut brittle.
The exact opening date is still up in the air, although it's going to open at some point next week. Expect bacon in the decor, on T-shirts, and other retail items once that day comes to pass.