Dining Chicago posted a news story about Chicago’s oldest tavern “The Green Door” “We want this to be a place for visitors and a place for locals.” So says Lou Waddle, owner of The Green Door, Chicago’s oldest tavern dating back 92 years.
(Crispy braised beef sandwich)
The space retains all of its antiquated charm (The Green Door was the last wood construction permitted to take place following the Great Chicago Fire), from vintage signs to walls that literally lean with age, but the food is anything but dated. Sitting down with his friend Celebrity Chef Dirk Flanigan, Waddle says the chef took a tough love approach to overhauling the menu, slashing some of the most time-tested and beloved items in favor of more contemporary fare. His aptly named Ch-Ca-Co beef, so named for the first two letters of his three kids’ names and conveniently akin to “Chicago,” Flanigan uses the aone beef to make burgers topped with coffee-rubbed bacon, watercress, and “GDT” sauce; the steak of the day with cauliflower and blue cheese