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Screw you PETA, here are Chicago's most gloriously meaty dishes

PETA is the worst, for so many reasons -- but this week's? They put an attack billboard literally across the street from revered butcher shop and restaurant . It’s bad enough to make you wanna thaw out next Thanksgiving’s turducken right now.

Publican Quality Meats
See? The worst, right? Well, thanks to the bleeding hearts at PETA, we've set out to conquer even MORE meat, in more creative ways, beginning with these eight ridiculously meat-filled meals.
Cassandra Stadnicki
West Loop
What's PETA billboard-worthy: Starting at the source of the billboard beef, PQM goes to great lengths (by using free-range animals that have natural diets without steroids or antibiotics and are slaughtered humanely) to put out their range of amazing meats. The standout is their daily, rotating charcuterie plate featuring cured meat, rillettes, and pâté.
Paddy Long's
What's PETA billboard-worthy: The word bacon appears on Paddy Long’s menu 42 times. The 5lb Bacon Bomb has a nucleus of beef and pork sausage with cracked pepper-bacon that’s then wrapped in weaved-bacon and rubbed with brown sugar before grilling. If you can’t handle an entire Bomb, you can also get a nice wedge of it in sandwich form.
Sean Cooley
Multiple locations
What's PETA billboard-worthy: A hidden, meaty menu option, Lou’s Crustless Pie actually does have a crust: the deep dish buttercrust has just been replaced with a base made of sausage. The crust… is made… of sausage. Top it with pepperoni or double-down on the sausage.
West Town
What's PETA billboard-worthy: Frontier could film a sequel to the very popular Matt Damon movie, called We Bought a Zoo 2: We Ate the Zoo. From llamas, lambs and gators to wild boar and suckling pig, the Big Game eatery will leave you sufficiently stuffed and taking home whatever carrion is left.
West Loop
What's PETA billboard-worthy:  We could have just as easily placed Au Cheval’s top-tier bacon cheeseburger on here, but its Bologna Sandwich fresh off the flattop holds a special place in our arteries for its piled-high, house-cured mortadella. The brioche bun and melted cheese help to make the bologna sandwich a real meal and not borderline prison food.
What's PETA billboard-worthy: Back in 2006 when foie gras was outlawed, only outlaws would have foie gras. Even in the face of the city's ban (which ended in '08) Hot Doug’s is always a supporter of delicious, fatty, duck liver, offering a foie gras & Sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli. Lining up on a Friday or Saturday will net you a bonus side of duck-fat fries.
West Town
What's PETA billboard-worthy: Well, we now know how The Three Little Pigs fable ends; it turns out YOU were the wolf the whole time, knocking down houses and howling as you dove into this multi-meat sandwich packed with double-smoked ham, pork tenderloin, AND bacon, topped with Gruyere cheese and a fried egg (available when the dining car restaurant re-opens in April).
Clayton Hauck
Logan Square
What's PETA billboard-worthy: The manliest of manwiches is a top-choice at Longman’s modern inn. It features a heap of finely ground wild boar in Sloppy Joe seasoning, topped with crispy onions and pickled jalapenos with a side of beef-fat fries.
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1. Publican Quality Meats 825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

A tri-case deli & whole-animal butcher shop that'll supply you with sausages & charcuterie, PQM will hook you up with smoked Spanish chorizo or boudin noir, fresh-baked breads, specialty groceries, and seriously stacked sandwiches.

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2. Paddy Long's 1028 W Diversey, Chicago, IL 60614

Paddy Long's has acquired numerous varieties of Bourbon County Stout for your barrel-aged beer drinking pleasure (which has led to your pleasing barrel shape), tapping this year and last year's original vintages along with variants like vanilla, coffee, and the recently released cherry rye.

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3. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

Lou Malnati is essentially the Godfather of Chicago pizza, and his empire extends throughout the city -- but it's easy to see why: great ingredients, authentic recipes, and just all-around great deep-dish pies.

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4. Frontier 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

It may not be the final frontier, but with ice-taps pouring 16 traditional and seasonal brews, a meat heavy menu featuring specialty sausages, steaks, and "Animal Service", flat screen TVs, and a beer garden, you won't need to explore any further. Allied: Ready yourself for Animal Service with some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.

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5. Au Cheval 800 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607

Au Cheval is one sparkling spoon. Like, it's your grandma's sterling silver soup ladle. With an open kitchen and a bar hugging it, this European-flared diner-style grubspot is doling out impressive meals and Chicagoans are lapping it up.

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6. Hot Doug's 3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Billing itself as an "encased meat emporium", Hot Doug's is a temple of Chicago-style char-dogs.

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7. Longman & Eagle 2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

L&E's got a gastropub vibe with snacks and shared plates like chickpea fries w/ harissa ketchup, Kobe meatballs w/ creamy polenta and parsley pesto, and beef-tongue hash topped w/ a black truffle vinaigrette and a duck egg served sunny-side-up. There are 15 craft beers on draft and a classically inclined cocktail list.

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8. Silver Palm 768 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

This American bar is serving up some of the most decadent meat dishes in all of River West. Head there and dive into their Three Little Piggy sando, and wash it down with some stellar brew.

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