Mouthwatering chicken at a new North Side spot
We were hooked on Pecking Order before it opened: The name, the concept, the chef, the menu...it all sounded irresistible from the get-go, and now we can confirm that it’s well worth a trek to the North Side.
“Chicken Every Which Way” is Pecking Order’s tagline, and the restaurant's signature overnight soak in soy, vinegar, sugar and garlic is a tradition handed down through generations of Subido's Filipino family.
On a first visit it only seems logical to try the least-familiar preparation: the full-of-flavor roasted chicken ($11 for a half chicken) stuffed with lemongrass and ginger and basted with annatto-calamansi butter--it’s some of the tenderest, juiciest bird we’ve had. There’s also fried chicken, grilled chicken, chicken wings and more, all made from organic, antibiotic-free poultry from FreeBird.
The next time we’re serving a crowd, we’ll take home the two whole chicken dinner ($46), a spread that includes your choice of four sides (sweet plantains, spicy slaw, garlic fried rice and many others).
Look out, fellow hens: We’re going to be regulars in this house.
Pecking Order, 4416 N. Clark St.; 773-907-9900 or peckingorderchicago.com