The Budlong.

The Budlong
1008 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL

At 29-years old, I have done my fair share of moving. Granada, Spain. New York City. Libertyville. Chicago. Even hear in Chicago I have moved apartments every single year. It should go without saying that I have the itch for adventure and experiencing new things. Now don't get me wrong, the actual process of moving is horrid. Who really wants to spend hours packing up their belongings only to lug it into a moving truck and then spend hours unpacking? It's not that enjoyable. 

With each move I find myself thinking, "Am I going to stay here? Is Chicago my long-term home? Where else could I see myself living?" For the most part, I am open to ideas. Wherever the wind blows me, I would likely be willing to try out. But if the wind were to have a southern facing movement, I do not know I would be so willing. For some reason, I have never been able to picture myself living in the South. The heat. The humidity. Nope, nope, nope. I sweat enough as it is in Chicago, I would likely melt if I went to the South.

With my hesitations about the South put aside, I have absolutely zero hesitations about Southern food. Tennessee hot chicken sandwiches. Collard greens. Mac and cheese. Potato salad. Give me it all, plenty of it. 

Enter The Budlong. With two locations, and a third of the way, this Tennessee-style restaurant offers the best of Southern flavor. The added fact that I live only two blocks from one of the locations has proven to be both a blessing and a curse. Sure I can satiated my desire for a little hot fried chicken whenever I want, but should I really be having it three times a week? The jury is still out on that one. Either way, the restaurant is a welcomed addition to the neighborhood.