Iron Chef Stephanie Izard started the celebrity chef series for the Cubs and now it’s Matthias Merges’ turn in the rotation. Merges (Yusho, Billy Sunday, A10, Old Irving Brewing) will debut his Wrigley Field menu on Monday, June 19 while the Cubs battle San Diego. Like Izard’s food, Merges’s items have an Asian influence. Fan offerings include Japanese-spiced fried chicken and a Korean hot dog.
Last year, Wrigley began serving kegged cocktails from Billy Sunday—Merges’ Logan Square cocktail bar—at the ballpark and Merges’ relationship with the Cubs continues to grow. He’s opening up Lucky Dorr—named after formers Cubs’ groundskeeper Bobby Dorr—inside the newly-erected Cubs’ administrative building off Waveland and Clark. Look for more news on that project later this week.
Pork & Mindy’s chef Jeffy Mauro is on deck, as his menu debuts on July 21. Fans have until July 9 to sample Merges’ fare at Wrigley. Read Merges’ full menu below. The special game day items are available on the main concourse down the right field line.
Barbecue Shrimp Skewer
Spiced grilled shrimp with Japanese-style fried rice
The Yusho Hot Dog
Korean frankwurst with kimchi, carrot kraut, grilled shishito peppers, and Chinese mustard
Yusho Fried Chicken
Yusho-style fried boneless chicken thighs, served with Picnic Potato Salad and spicy gochujang sauce
Spicy Asian Pork Rinds
Crispy pork rinds with Yusho hot sauce
Fries topped with Chinese sausage gravy, scallions, and pickled hot peppers