We've all got special relationships in our city lives, from your haircut guy to your Bulls ticket guy.
This week, it's time to build that same bond with your meat guy.
The culinary tsars responsible for Blackbird, Avec, Big Star, The Violet Hour and The Publican are pleased to welcome their newest addition: Publican Quality Meats.
They'll be breaking down whole pigs and lambs in house, as well as quarter steers, thinly sliced or violently hacked into the cut of your choice.
If you're in the market for something a little less bloody, they'll also be serving gourmet deli sandwiches on freshly baked bread.
White-tiled walls offer a simple backdrop for the collection of shiny meat slicers and carving knives, while soft lighting prevents the intimate space from feeling like something out of a Saw film.
The glowing meat case sits adjacent to walls lined with olive oils, chutney and other accouterments from the staff's culinary travels.
Pull up a chair at the family-style dining area if you can, as it only seats 50.
And since anything touched by chef/owner Paul Kahan tends to draw a crowd, say hello to your new best friend.
And offer him those extra Bulls tickets.
Publican Quality Meats
835 W. Fulton Market (N. Green St.), West Loop
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Clinton
Scene: This breakfast and lunch hot spot offers coffee and a select beer list to compliment their sandwiches and pastries.
Hot seat: Snag a table near one of the many large front windows to gaze at chefs running fresh breads and meat across Green Street to The Publican.
Bonus: A window before the loos offers a peek of 4,000 pounds of meat awaiting in the cutting room.
Nearby: The Publican; Moto; Lumen