Belly Shack for Half Acre Brewery recently called Belly Taqueria, which allowed the restaurant, which serves a fast food fusion of Latin and Asian cuisine, a chance to explore more of their Mexican side. I really like Belly Shack and have been there many times. I have even been filmed there (a quick shot of me eating showing the atmosphere of the place) when Chicago's Best was filming there for there Best Balls episode. I am not sure how it has managed to be written up by me in normal circumstances. The place is kind of small and has an Urban/Industrial Cool kind of look to it. The place has cement floors and steel furniture with fake graffiti on the interior walls. The front of the space is glass and the windows extend about halfway along the two adjoining sides. There are four tops tables on either side of the room and a large communal table that will seat about 12 in the center of the room. The counter for ordering is at the back of the room. Under normal circumstances, people will place their orders at the counter, be given a numbered piece of angleiron, and find a place to sit. The food is brought out as it's made. For this visit, as there was a set menu, I didn't have to worry about ordering and I was seated at the communal table. The beers we would be drinking were displayed at the front of the communal table actually next to where I was sitting. We started things off with Half Acre's Pony Lager which was pretty good. I am generally not a fan of lagers, because many have too little flavor for me. The Pony is modeled after a German Pilsener (as opposed to an American Pilsener like Miller high Life, PBR, or Budweiser) and was pretty flavorful. After enjoying our first beer for a few minutes, our first course arrived. It was a Beef Tendon Pozole with Pho Broth, Hominy, and Pork. Neither Pho or Pozole are things that are served at Belly Shack, but it the combination falls right in line with what they normally serve. The soup was warm, spicy, and very flavorful with a lot of meat and hominy to chew on. It was very good and a nice start to the dinner.
I like both Belly Shack and Half Acre Brewery and will continue partaking in both. The dinner was great and the food and drink were paired well, but the service and the company I had at the table was very good as well, and I predict that this will go down as one of my favorite dinners of the year.