Friday, June 14, 2013

Paulina Meat Market

Location: 3501 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
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A Quick Word:
After I discovered Paulina Meat Market, I was excited to finally get a variety of smoked snack sticks.  When walking into the store, you will find an exceptional, yet limited variety.  The butchers are very helpful, offering tips on different flavors and even giving samples if you ask.  They have a huge variety of mustards that complement the different types of sausage available.  I purchased a spicy dijon German mustard which was excellent.  Unfortunately, this place is located pretty far from the downtown area.  And, they don't offer much game meat options.  Hope one day they offer venison or bison.  But, for now, I will rate it at 3.5 miles with plenty of room to grow.

What We Ate:

Spicy Lamb Stick, Linguisa, Salami Stick, Honey Pork Sausage

Finally, after searching far and wide, I was able to find a place that serves smoked snack sticks.  Paulina Meat Market was a great find.  They offer smoked meats from lamb to chicken to even huge pork tenderloins.  Everything is just under $10.00 per lb., which is pretty pricey considering I can get similar products back at home for half the cost.  I was pleasantly surprised by all the different sausages however.  The flavors were great and they offer both a more dried option and the softer less air dried type.  I prefer the honey pork sausage (bottom right picture).  It is shaped like a pig tail and has an incredible sweetness to it.  The honey really shines.  The spicy lamb stick (top left picture) was also great.  Add a little mustard to it and you can't complain.  The other two sticks were just ok.  Nothing too spectacular.  I just wished they had more game meat... venison, bison, etc.  Maybe they can consider making some?

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- Plenty of parking around the area.  I suggest visiting during the week if possible.

- Don't expect to walk out with a small bill.  The smoked meats weigh quite a bit and the price rises fairly fast.  A pound of meat will get you 3 maybe 4 sausages, depending on the sizes.

How far would I walk for this place?

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