Mar 6, 2023 - Food and Drink

Bite Club: Bodacious Brussels sprouts

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Crispy Brussels sprouts from GG's Chicken Shop in Lake View. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Last week, I swung by Southport Avenue to find two new eateries open in the old Southport Lanes building, including GG's Chicken Shop helmed by chef Lee Wolen.

The bite: I thought I was going to cluck about the delicious rotisserie and fried chicken, but what thrilled my tastebuds most were the crispy Brussels sprouts ($5.55).

The verdict: Charred on the outside and creamy on the inside, they balance sweet, bitter and nutty in one bite. And the chili-lime salt lends the perfect finishing touch.

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Chef Lee Wolen with his mom Geri "GG" and Boka co-founder Kevin Boehm at GG's Chicken Shop opening last week. Photo: Monica Eng/Axos

The inspiration: Wolen tells Axios that the homey fare at GG's is a tribute to his mom and the Boston Market dinners of his youth — albeit cooked by a James Beard-nominated chef.

Of note: This month the Boka Restaurant Group launched GG's and Itoko, specializing in grilled Japanese savory treats, in the old bowling alley.

  • Next month, the newly relocated Little Goat Diner is expected to open its doors in the same building, making this one of the hottest neighborhood restaurant spots in the city.

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