Skewerz-An Urban Paradise

Skewerz

"Get Stuck On The Stick"

A Chicago location could not be more urban than 1560 N Damen. Skewerz is located next to the Blue Line El stop at the crossroads of North, Milwaukee and Damen. When you enter the tiny twelve seat space you are instantly transformed to a calm, friendly paradise with food that is surprisingly reasonably priced.

As the name implies, almost everything is served on a skewer. Skewers can be ordered singly or as a dinner including your choice of rice and condiment.  Skewer choices are Lemongrass Tuna, Lilikoi Salmon, Filet Mignon, Mango Pineapple BBQ Chicken, Tofu, or Vegetable skewerz.   The special recipe condiments are house made daily and  include Red Curry Peanut Sauce, Peanut Sauce, Coconut Sambal,Chili Sambal, Jalapeno Sambal, Mango Chili.

There are a few notable  exceptions to the theme.  The first exception  is “Chicago’s Best” grilled artichoke appetizer served with a lemon aioli dipping sauce, another delightful variance is the smokey good Pulled Pork Pita.

Former fine dining chef, Michael Haren, has created a healthy, upscale alternative to food on the go at surprisingly affordable prices.

Mike only uses the light & buttery, omega rich grape seed oil for dressings & frying. He uses an exotic variety of nutrient rich herbs, spices & ingredients that are so masterfully balanced, the dishes will appeal to even the simplest palate.
Skewerz is open late night (’til 5am on weekends) and serves delicious tropical cocktails in the Tiki Lounge. The individually crafted cocktails include the expected  Mai Tai and Rum Punch and the more exotic Liliokolani Martini, Ginger Lychee Martooni and Wiki Waki Woo.

Because there is no convenient parking, Skewerz offers “Text/Curb Service” If you call ahead for pick up, they will text you when your order is ready and run the food out to the curb when you arrive.

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A little piece of paradise under the "EL"

Hot Dogs Chicago Style

food so good it's criminal

food so good it's criminal

In the Ghettos of Chicago (yes, plural there’s more than one ghetto in Chicago) fast food tradition follows these rules:

1. bars on the windows and doors

2. bullet proof windows for cash only transactions

3. hot dog stand means just that. You can’t dine in, just take your food and eat standing up, maybe the hood of your car could be a table.

4. painted loud taxi cab yellow with red trim

5. well lighted and open late

6. menu includes Maxwell Street Polish in addition to Italian Beef, Gyros, Fish and cheese fries, Extra cheese? Extra charge!

So imagine my shock when I got off the Eisenhower and turned on to Western and saw the cinder block bunker of a hot dog stand that had been glowing neon yellow for years painted gray. The same gray as the stairs to the basement and the back porches of three flats. What could this mean?

I am so very curious, so everyday I swing by Jackson and Western to see what’s up.

It’s a sunny Tuesday and there is a Mexican guy with paints sketching on the front of the building. Graffiti artist?  Muralist?  Oh, sign painter…..he paints big sad eyes on the little hot dogs behind bars wearing prison stripes…IT’S FELONY FRANKS…Food so good, it’s criminal.felony franks, Chicago

More weeks go by and they are not open yet.  I wonder what’s happening.  Johnny B is on the radio and he is interviewing the guy who’s trying to open this place.  He is planning  to hire ex convicts to work there.  There seems to be some trouble with the alderman about getting a permit for his sign.  I think I understand why the local politicians are worried. If these guys get jobs, who will deal are drugs and who will run our gangs, and who will pimp for our girls. Jay Leno quips on the Tonight Show that he can hire some of our ex governors.  And maybe he can hire a few of our ex alderman too.

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