Troy's Place

Chicago IL

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Making Malort taste good

Boasting the best-kept-secret-patio in Bucktown, stepping into Red Door is like stepping into a party at Chef Troy’s house. With a menu that’s always changing, Troy sources all his ingredients from local vendors like Slagel Family and Seedling Farms. Routinely, Red Door hosts “Sunday Funday” parties complete with pig roasts, chili cook-offs, and DJs spinning.

Not that you would, but don’t forget the cocktails. Red Door makes their own ginger beer in-house (it’s extra spicy and delicious) so the Moscow Mules and Dark and Stormys are particularly good.

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Bartender Rob, also known as “Handsome Rob,” is also the only one who can make Malort, a bitter liquor that Carl Jeppsen sold door-to-door in Chicago during Prohibition, taste good. So if you’re feeling adventurous, ask for Rob’s special creation-- 4 Devils, 1 Hell-- and while he’s mixing your drink, see if he’ll tell you the truth about his tattoos… be warned: he may spin a tall tale.

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