What if I told you I graduated from IU with a degree in social work, but at this moment in time I am perfectly content working at Etno Village Grill, a neighborhood gourmet grill in Lincoln Park? Some may call me a loser, others a dreamer, even others in a state of confusion between the real world and college. I think I may have found something else, some ease of mind and happiness. After all, what inspired me to start this blog other than women, fame, and money? A love for seeing ingredients become meals. It’s also pretty great bringing friends and family, sometimes strangers, together to eat, it feels very natural.
Do you remember the dream I have from my very first post? While working at Etno, I get to see what goes on with the cashiers, cooks, head chef, the owners, and what it takes to open a successful small-scale, Real Food Fast, type of establishment. And it is wonderful. I’m excited to learn about food cost and waste, the man hours it takes to prep, the work and luck needed to get noticed on the Internet, but mainly I’m excited because this 18 seat grill very well may make the best burger in Chicago. Bold, I know, but potentially true.
Etno gets the grass fed beef from the Q7 Ranch, a small ranch right outside of the city. In order to have the best burgers you have to start with the best beef and for my money this is it. While I have always fiended for medium rare burgers, this beef is so juicy, yet lean, the more rare, the better because the flavor is true and all natural. I can’t wait to visit the ranch sometime, hopefully, soon, because beef that tastes this good must come from cows that love their lives, until the very end, of course 😉