Sep 27, 2021 - Food and Drink
Chicago's Monday Night Foodball pop-up aims to expand your palate
An assortment of food including Malaysian fish crackers, aromatic chicken wings, curry puffs and Hokkien rice cakes on a table.
A few weeks ago, Monica tried the Malaysian fish crackers, aromatic chicken wings, curry puffs and Hokkien rice cakes that were part of the Monday Night Foodball menu at Kedzie Inn. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios.

If you're looking to spice up your Monday night dinners with funky takes on hard-to-find cuisines, look no further than Monday Night Foodball.

What: A Monday night pop-up restaurant at Albany Park's Kedzie Inn, curated by Chicago Reader senior writer Mike Sula.

How it works:

Past weeks have included twists on Cambodian, Malaysian and regional Indian cuisine.

  • This week the vibe goes Midwestern. Local chefs Eve Studnicka and Alexis Thomas serve up beer-cheese-and-kraut-topped fries, goat cheese walnut creme brulee, a smoky midwest ham and cheese melt and a twist on "funeral potatoes" featuring panko-crusted stuffed jalapenos with pimento cheese hash browns, served with kimchi ranch.

The aim: "I'm hoping more Chicagoans get to try Cambodian or Malaysian food for the first time, or even something like the utterly singular vision of Midwestern comfort food that Funeral Potatoes is known for," Sula told Axios.

What's next: "Pizza and donut night, and then Khmer street food from Ethan Lim of Hermosa," Sula says.

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