With roots planted firmly in their Polish background, the founders of the Chicago-based fast casual restaurant, The Chow Brothers, Chris and Mark Chowaniec credit their late grandmother and heritage for inspiring their journey to reimagine food from Poland and her neighbors. Getting their start in private events, pop-ups and catering, the brothers have opened their first physical location in the new Wells St.Market, located at 205 W Wacker Dr, neighboring the Riverwalk and Merchandise Mart.
Learning more than a thing or two from their Babcia (Grandmother), parents, and their culinary training,The Chow Brothers place an emphasis on their history, knowledge and love for Central European gastronomy. Looking to do their grandmother proud, their menu offers a modern take on the region's traditional cuisine with the integration of other cultural flavors to create something new.
“We push boundaries and play with new and existing flavors to create not only a new take for fans of this cuisine, but to invite those who don’t understand or have preconceived notions of the food from this region”, said Mark. “We’re elevating what can be done with this cuisine in ways that leverage the old school techniques of the region with new school flavors that are exciting and play with your palette.”
The menu offers something for everyone and-designed to be vegan and vegetarian friendly. The dough used in all of their pierogi is 100% vegan, and their potato pancakes are vegan and gluten-free. In addition, the offerings also include a Polish Cubano sandwich, their own recipe all-natural, uncured kielbasa made with Midwest-raised pork, various varieties of housemade pickles and krauts, and made-to-order artisanal sodas.