Stanley's Kitchen and Tap at Roscoe Village Burger Fest a few years ago and I new that they made some good burgers. I also knew where they were located was pretty much a straight shot between where I live and Lincoln Park (the park not the neighborhood that it is located in). I went there recently with the intention of getting a good burger. There are some very good burger joints that are actually closer but I was interested in something a little different than what I usually have. While it was my intention to get a burger, the menu tempted me otherwise. I walked in and after my eyes became accustomed to the dark, I was seated at the bar. Looking around, I noticed it had a very rustic look with a wood floor, wood rafters, wood bar, and wood furniture. It reminded me both of the inside of a barn, and a saloon out of the old west (minus the swinging doors). There were many references as far as flags, accessories, and the menu, to Texas and Louisiana. I also noticed a large number of bottles of Tito's Handmade Vodka (a Texas product) under the bar. Despite these many references, I would not say that the dinner that I ordered was very Southern and my beer very definitely was not (Half Acre Akari Shogun American Wheat Ale). I started out with a variation of a very popular Quebecois street food, poutine. Standard poutine is made of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Stanley's Poutine is made with Tater Tots before being topped with Cheddar and Gravy. You could also optionally add Pulled Pork which I did because, well, why wouldn't you? I saw, after it arrived, that it may be a challenge if I was also going to have an entree and dessert. I was hungry, but the serving size was enormous. It also tasted very good. It was sweet, salty, cheesy, meaty, and pretty filling. After finishing this, I could have conceivably stopped, but there was more food to be had.
This dinner was a heart attack on several plates. While it was good and I did like it, it was not something that I would be eating often. The staff was friendly and helpful and I would be happy to return.