Hard Rock Cafe Chicago has been named one of Hard Rock International’s first Test Kitchen locations. The Chicago cafe is one of just 12 restaurants selected to showcase Hard Rock’s commitment to fresh ingredients, hand-crafted, regionally-inspired menu items and responsibly-sourced ingredients at each cafe. Hard Rock Cafe Chicago was selected out of 175 Hard Rock locations around the world, based on the regions’ unique culinary offerings, local flavors and flare
Hard Rock’s Test Kitchen highlights a handpicked group of cafes acting as the front-line for Hard Rock Cafe’s menu evolution. The Test Kitchen program reinforces the brand’s commitment to featuring authentic American cuisine on Hard Rock Cafe menus around the world. In addition, Test Kitchen cafe menus will highlight local enhancements, focusing on new hand-crafted items inspired by each cafe’s geographical region.
“A big congratulations to Hard Rock Cafe Chicago on their selection into the Test Kitchen program. With this initiative, the Chicago cafe will certainly expand the quality Hard Rock dining experience,” said Darryl Mickler, Senior Director Culinary Research & Development at Hard Rock International. “The new program rollout is designed to incubate new menu innovations for our cafes worldwide and further enables us to explore new locally-inspired and responsibly-sourced offerings.”
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s Test Kitchen menu features locally-inspired dishes, including:
· CHICAGO ITALIAN BEEF FLATBREAD– Crispy flatbread topped with Italian beef, Romano cheese, giardiniera and roasted red peppers
· CHICAGO PIZZA LOCAL LEGENDARY® BURGER – Certified Angus Beef® burger topped with house-made pizza sauce, freshly grated mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and Italian sausage, served with a side of giardiniera
· LOCAL FRESH CATCH –fresh fish, grilled with herb garlic butter, served with rosemary roasted red potatoes and farm fresh seasonal vegetables
· BAKER’S CHOICE DESSERT – Yellow sponge cake, fresh pineapple, sliced strawberries, Ghirardelli caramel sauce, Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream rolled in Oreo crumbles topped with fresh bananas, chocolate syrup and homemade whipped cream