After introducing Chicago to a restaurant concept inspired by 1970s food, music, design, and culture, The Brass Monkey will now offer amusing weekday specials to transport guests back to the era of Hungry Man dinners and Carole King’s sweet tunes. The Fulton Market hot spot will showcase the special offerings every Monday and Tuesday through June, with ‘Be Childish Wednesday’ providing a special delight for guests based upon the iconic Julia Child.
Through her ground-breaking cooking show and myriad of cookbooks, Julia Child helped rescue the country from bland, unimaginative food. That culinary adventure provides inspiration for the Wednesday dishes and is a driving force of the restaurant’s concept: an elevated, yet whimsical take on 1970s culinary fare.
“The goal is to have these specials feel both familiar and new,” explains Executive Chef Ryan Wombacher. “I want to activate people’s ‘flavor nostalgia’ and remind them of some of the foods they ate when they were kids, and then take those dishes in a completely modern and sophisticated direction.”
The Brass Monkey Weekday Specials include:
Choose from Barbeque Pulled Pork or Short Rib Meatloaf with A1 Sauce, with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, seasonal cobbler and green beans ($18)
TV Dinner Tuesdays
Featuring an entrée choice of:
Short Rib Meatloaf- with fava beans and mashed potatoes and gravy
Fish Styx -with fava beans and mashed potatoes and gravy
Veggie Enchiladas- with corn succotash and black bean dip
All dishes followed with Cherry Cobbler. ($20)
A 3-course prix-fixe menu featuring an appetizer, entrée choice and dessert from Julia Child’s 1970s cookbooks and cooking show:
Terrine de Porc- pate of veal and pork, wrapped with country ham
Duck a L’Orange- pan-seared duck breast, a l’orange sauce, roasted potatoes, cippolini onions, haricot vert
All dishes served with Caramel Flan with pecan brittle ($33).
Half off specially selected bottles of wine $75 and under
The Brass Monkey weekday specials will be available Monday-Wednesday from 4p.m.-12a.m. The daily offerings will rotate monthly.