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Chicago's Extreme Meat Dishes, Revealed

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Caterpillar. Kangaroo. Fish heads. A bacon bomb. A plethora of organ meats. Chicago restaurants are serving them all—and more.

In honor of Eater's Five Days of Meat, here is an overview of some of the most extreme meat dishes on Chicago restaurant's menus. Take a gander below and plan your extreme meat crawl today.


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Eater Chicago intern Melanie Hesdorffer contributed to this story.

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2300 North Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 868-0002
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As part of the four-course, $140 Prix Fixe menu offered at L20, chef Matthew Kirkley deconstructs a pigeon - brain, claw and all.

2. Travelle

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330 N Wabash Ave Fl 2
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7705
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As a part of the chef's table menu at Travelle, Tim Graham is whipping up an entire kid goat cooked and prepared three ways: goat ribs braised with goat milk and finished on the grill; whole roasted saddle; and leg studded with garlic and cooked en papillote.

3. Paddy Long's

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1028 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 290-6988
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Pig out at Paddy Long's! With two complete sections of the menu devoted to bacon - bacon specialty appetizers and bacon specialty mains - this Lakeview beer and bacon pub will surely cure you of your craziest bacon cravings. Extreme bacon eaters be sure to check out the "Bacon Bomb Challenge."

4. Kaiser Tiger

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1415 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

What could be better than bacon at Paddy Long's? More bacon at sister restaurant Kaiser Tiger! The "Bacon Bomb," for $70, lets meatheads indulge in 5 lbs. of spicy beef and pork sausage stuffed with pepper bacon, wrapped in a brown sugar bacon weave, and cooked for hours on the smoker. Bring your friends and come hungry.

5. Four Belly

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3227 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-6182
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Get your Asian street food fix and eat insects without leaving Lakeview. At Four Belly, you can snack on fried caterpillar for just $4.

6. Mott Street

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1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL
(773) 687-9977
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At Mott Street, chef Edward Kim is pushing the boundaries of conventional cuts. Feed yourself and five friends the "Fish Head Feast" for $250. Have some crab brain fried rice while you're there.

7. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Head to Frontier for the trifecta of the weirdest, craziest and meatiest things! Step outside your comfort zone and inside this carnivore utopia where alpaca sausage, elk shepherd's pie and alligator scallopini are all fair game. Whole animal service available for gutsy groups as well.

8. Usmania Fine Dining

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2244 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 262-1900
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Make your way into West Rogers Park to check out the Indo-Pak cuisine at Usmania Fine Dining. For $15, go for the brain masala, a Pakistani delicacy of cooked goat brain, ginger, green pepper and cilantro. Or try the Paya for $11 instead: cow feet cooked with different spices.

9. Celeste

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111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-9000
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Head over to this refined cocktail bar in River North for one of the meatiest dishes in town: lamb seven ways. Complete with lamb saddle, belly, sweetbread, loin, crumble, spring onion, saffron carrot puree and Scotch jus.

10. Little Goat

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820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
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Eat your meat and drink it too! For dessert, Stephanie Izard created quite one of the meatiest concoctions yet: a smoked pork and toffee crunch milkshake.

11. Lao Sze Chuan

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2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5040
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Get your organ meat on at Lao Sze Chuan. Whether stir-fried, home-style, boiled, or cooked table-side in a hot pot, go for one of Chef Tony Hu's creations: double fried spicy pork intestine, kung pao kidneys, or the "Chef's Special Dry Chili Pork Stomach," all for under $12.

12. Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

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230 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 662-4888
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Check out the extreme selection of skewered meats sizzling atop the 600 degree open flame robata grill at Union Sushi and Barbecue Bar. Choose between Japanese curry beef tongue, garlic soy alligator and pineapple-flavored kangaroo, or have them all for under $17.

13. Ken Kee Restaurant

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2129 S China Pl
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-2088
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With an entire section of the menu devoted to "Unique Chinese Food," this Chinatown staple makes it easy to venture out. Choose between a wide variety of deep fried pig parts for under $5 or go big with their $9.95 goose intestine special.

14. Chicago Chop House

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60 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 787-7100
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And the prize for the most expensive steak dish in Chicago goes to..."The Grand Cut Dry Aged Porterhouse" at Chicago Chop House. For $169, this hand-selected, succulent piece of prime beef could be all yours. Aged in-house in their very own aging box.

15. Hot Doug's

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3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550
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No meaty list would be complete without the sausage superstore and encased meats emporium. Sometimes the game of the week special, the "mountain man" features elk, venison, antelope and buffalo in one tubular extravaganza.

1. L2O

2300 North Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614

As part of the four-course, $140 Prix Fixe menu offered at L20, chef Matthew Kirkley deconstructs a pigeon - brain, claw and all.

2300 North Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Travelle

330 N Wabash Ave Fl 2, Chicago, IL 60611

As a part of the chef's table menu at Travelle, Tim Graham is whipping up an entire kid goat cooked and prepared three ways: goat ribs braised with goat milk and finished on the grill; whole roasted saddle; and leg studded with garlic and cooked en papillote.

330 N Wabash Ave Fl 2
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Paddy Long's

1028 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

Pig out at Paddy Long's! With two complete sections of the menu devoted to bacon - bacon specialty appetizers and bacon specialty mains - this Lakeview beer and bacon pub will surely cure you of your craziest bacon cravings. Extreme bacon eaters be sure to check out the "Bacon Bomb Challenge."

1028 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Kaiser Tiger

1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

What could be better than bacon at Paddy Long's? More bacon at sister restaurant Kaiser Tiger! The "Bacon Bomb," for $70, lets meatheads indulge in 5 lbs. of spicy beef and pork sausage stuffed with pepper bacon, wrapped in a brown sugar bacon weave, and cooked for hours on the smoker. Bring your friends and come hungry.

1415 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

5. Four Belly

3227 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Get your Asian street food fix and eat insects without leaving Lakeview. At Four Belly, you can snack on fried caterpillar for just $4.

3227 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland, Chicago, IL

At Mott Street, chef Edward Kim is pushing the boundaries of conventional cuts. Feed yourself and five friends the "Fish Head Feast" for $250. Have some crab brain fried rice while you're there.

1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL

7. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Head to Frontier for the trifecta of the weirdest, craziest and meatiest things! Step outside your comfort zone and inside this carnivore utopia where alpaca sausage, elk shepherd's pie and alligator scallopini are all fair game. Whole animal service available for gutsy groups as well.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

8. Usmania Fine Dining

2244 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Make your way into West Rogers Park to check out the Indo-Pak cuisine at Usmania Fine Dining. For $15, go for the brain masala, a Pakistani delicacy of cooked goat brain, ginger, green pepper and cilantro. Or try the Paya for $11 instead: cow feet cooked with different spices.

2244 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

9. Celeste

111 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Head over to this refined cocktail bar in River North for one of the meatiest dishes in town: lamb seven ways. Complete with lamb saddle, belly, sweetbread, loin, crumble, spring onion, saffron carrot puree and Scotch jus.

111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Little Goat

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Eat your meat and drink it too! For dessert, Stephanie Izard created quite one of the meatiest concoctions yet: a smoked pork and toffee crunch milkshake.

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

11. Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Get your organ meat on at Lao Sze Chuan. Whether stir-fried, home-style, boiled, or cooked table-side in a hot pot, go for one of Chef Tony Hu's creations: double fried spicy pork intestine, kung pao kidneys, or the "Chef's Special Dry Chili Pork Stomach," all for under $12.

2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

12. Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

230 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Check out the extreme selection of skewered meats sizzling atop the 600 degree open flame robata grill at Union Sushi and Barbecue Bar. Choose between Japanese curry beef tongue, garlic soy alligator and pineapple-flavored kangaroo, or have them all for under $17.

230 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Ken Kee Restaurant

2129 S China Pl, Chicago, IL 60616

With an entire section of the menu devoted to "Unique Chinese Food," this Chinatown staple makes it easy to venture out. Choose between a wide variety of deep fried pig parts for under $5 or go big with their $9.95 goose intestine special.

2129 S China Pl
Chicago, IL 60616

14. Chicago Chop House

60 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610

And the prize for the most expensive steak dish in Chicago goes to..."The Grand Cut Dry Aged Porterhouse" at Chicago Chop House. For $169, this hand-selected, succulent piece of prime beef could be all yours. Aged in-house in their very own aging box.

60 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60610

15. Hot Doug's

3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

No meaty list would be complete without the sausage superstore and encased meats emporium. Sometimes the game of the week special, the "mountain man" features elk, venison, antelope and buffalo in one tubular extravaganza.

3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

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