Just add bacon: Brookfield bar porks up
If the bacon craze is winding down, don't tell that to the Saloon on Calhoun, which recently changed its name to the Saloon on Calhoun With Bacon.
The popular western suburban sports bar and grill, nestled in a most unexpected location at 17000 W. Capitol Dr., is going bananas for bacon, putting the pork in everything from cocktails to apps to desserts.
In other words, if their bacon-buttered grilled shortcake topped with fresh strawberries, covered in whipped cream and kissed with sprinkles of sweet bacon bits, is just a little too much for you, the bar serves free bacon – straight up – at its daily happy hour.
This place isn't messing around.
The bacon Bloody Mary, for example, is not especially unusual these days, but the Saloon on Calhoun doesn't hold back, using BAKON vodka, BaconSalt and two strips of bacon.
They work swine into several main courses, too, but the desserts are perhaps the most unique. Besides the strawberry shortcake, they also serve bacon-wrapped brownies.
The Saloon on Calhoun is a place for serious pigging out.
"Everything's better with bacon," says the bar's general manager Jennine Paoli, who helped create the new concept during a recent ownership change.
There are, however, some things that are not better with bacon, admits Paoli. Like the bacon chocolate martini, which didn't make the cut.
"I tried it, and it was disgusting," she says.
Paoli says her customers love the new theme. "They love its quirkiness, they love the disgruntled pig on our logo," she says.
Bacon goodness aside, the Saloon on Calhoun holds plenty of other non-pork activities at the bar. Live music, trivia and karaoke, for example, keep the place busy. "It's a word of mouth bar, it always has been," but business is good, says Paoli.
Paoli says she doesn't think the bacon craze has jumped the shark (or jumped the pig) – "I don't think it's ever gonna die" – but if it does, she doesn't rule out tweaking the concept of the bar yet again.
"This was just something quirky, and we don't know where things will go. We know where we want them to go, but those are our secrets," she says.
A response on a customer complaint 1:37am The Saloon on Calhoun Actually, I will take the time to respond to your message. Thank you for taking the time to share with us your horrible experience. Until reading it, I had no idea we were failing so badly. I agree that it is frustrating to have a wrap fall apart. As to everything else, I don't know what to say... The general consensus of customer feedback is in direct opposition to your experience. Yes, we are a pub, not a fine dining restaurant, and it sounds like you were looking for something more than we are. But, that is no excuse for the disappointment you felt after being here. I would comment on your remarks about the food being too expensive, but to be honest, I don't think you are in a position to know what our costs of product, labor, and overhead are. Good thing you didn't go to any similar establishments in the area where costs are higher than ours, you would have been even more upset. Our portions are always the same, the burgers are 1/3 lb Black Angus, the chicken is 5oz grilled breast that we cut into cubes. We grill our wraps so that they stay together, but because of your comments I am going to instruct our kitchen to start leaving the toothpicks in. I don't feel that would have made any difference to you, but it is a good suggestion. As for the root beer being served in a bottle, did you ask your server for a mug? We would have been happy accommodate your request. As to the chips and fries, I don't know what to say. It's pretty hard to screw those up, and we have had no other customer complaints about them. Ever. In closing, I want to apologize for your dis-satisfactory experience, that makes me sad. I am always sorry to see anyone disappointed in life, much less at or from my establishment. I am also sorry that these things make you sick to your stomach to endure them, and even still to re-live the trauma in your review of the day's events. All I can hope at this point is that some day you will be able to forget any of it ever happened, and that you will find an establishment that can meet your expectations. Sorry that we fell so far short. I hope it didn't ruin your friendship and that your friend can eventually get over the humility of taking you to a place "LIKE THIS". Sincerely, good luck in life. Dave
Uh... who said the bacon craze is winding down? Just because bacon increased in popularity years ago doesn't make it any less popular today. Everything is still better with bacon.
sounds like brookfield. 10 years behind on any food trend
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