Hard Rock Cafe Chicago Chosen as One of the Brand’s First Test Kitchen Locations

Chicago Pizza Local Legendary® Burger

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago was selected out of 175 Hard Rock locations worldwide to serve as one of their first Test Kitchen locations, a new initiative that showcases the brand’s commitment to hand-crafted, locally-inspired menu items and fresh, responsibly-sourced ingredients.

The program highlights iconic foods from a particular city (12, including Chicago, were selected in the U.S.). Through the Test Kitchen program, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago has identified vendors that source in a responsible and sustainable way and ensure that environmental and social impacts are taken into consideration during the sourcing process. Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s local vendors include Turano Baking Company, Get Fresh Produce, and Fortune Fish & Gourmet.

Chicago Test Kitchen Fare:

  • Chicago Italian Beef Flatbread: Crispy flatbread topped with Italian beef, Romano cheese, giardiniera, and roasted red peppers
  • Chicago Pizza Local Legendary® Burger: Certified Angus Beef® burger topped with house-made pizza sauce, freshly grated mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and Italian sausage, served with a side of giardiniera
  • Local Fresh Catch: Whitefish, grilled with herb garlic butter, served with rosemary roasted red potatoes and farm fresh seasonal vegetables
  • Baker’s Choice Dessert: Stairway to Heaven (yellow sponge cake, fresh pineapple, sliced strawberries, Ghirardelli caramel sauce, Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream rolled in Oreo crumbles topped with fresh bananas, chocolate syrup, and homemade whipped cream)

Chicago Test Kitchen Drinks:

Guests will also enjoy a new craft beer list featuring local breweries: Goose Island, Revolution Brewing, Half Acre, and Metropolitan Brewing.

New Test Kitchen cocktails include The Sausage King, made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Finest Call Loaded Bloody Mary Mix and spices, garnished with a pepperoncini, summer sausage, green olives, cocktail wiener and a pair of black Hard Rock Logo Sunglasses; and the Local Legendary Cocktail – The Chicagoan, a drink that dates back to Prohibition but with a Hard Rock twist using Templeton Rye Whiskey, Grand Marnier, and a dash of bitters topped with prosecco.

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