Reggie’s employee Brendan Joyce was asked to try a slider made up of various pig body parts as a guest judge on the series premiere of Spike TV’s “Frankenfood.” To say Joyce -- who organizes the menu and books the musical acts at the South Loop restaurant, bar and concert venue – disliked the sliders would be an understatement.
“Let’s say you’ve got a cheeseburger that fell on the floor and you rubbed dirt on it and then let it sit for a week before putting it back on the grill – that’s what it tasted like,” Joyce said Wednesday, adding that he didn’t like that the sliders were served alongside a pig’s head either. “That one freaked me out the most. It was beyond awful, but the guy (who made it) was so nice, I couldn’t be mean.”
The objective on “Frankenfood” is to wow the three judges with your concoction, which is made up of ingredients that usually don’t go together. The two best dishes, according to the judges, will be served at a designated restaurant, with the customers voting on which dish should be added to the menu. On the line during Sunday’s premiere is a spot on Reggie’s menu, as well as $10,000.
“The No. 1 thing is that it has to taste good,” Joyce said about his criteria. “It could be weird, but if it’s not good, what’s the point? Creativity is also important – something that makes me travel across town to try it. And something that goes with the vibe at Reggie’s. We don’t want something that’s foofoo. We’re a bar with awesome food.”
Reggie’s will have a watch party Sunday on its rooftop deck. Joyce said the winning dish will be featured on the menu for at least three months, beginning some time next week. If this “Frankenfood” proves to be a hit with customers, Reggie’s would be open to making it a permanent addition to the menu.
“We’ve gone through a couple test versions in our kitchen,” Joyce said of the winning dish. “It’s really amazing.”
Rockit Ranch productions CEO Billy Dec will serve as a judge on the July 13 episode of “Frankenfood." That episode’s winning dish will be temporarily be added to the menu at Rockit Bar & Grill. The Frankenfood food truck has been serving concoctions in Chicago all week. It’s expected to visit 70 W. Madison Street Thursday from 2:30-6 p.m. and Ogilvie Train Station Friday from 6:30-10 a.m.
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