Chicago’s Best Comfort Food: Firewater Saloon


(railroad crossing bells chime) (upbeat instrumental music) It’s freezing today, and what
we need is some comfort food to warm our bellies. Thanks to Michelle,
Kristy, Diane, and Lisa, we’re heading to Firewater
Saloon in Edison Park. Now, I know the name
might not sound like they have what we’re looking
for, but trust us, they do, and maybe we can
even get our hands on some Moonshine
while we’re there. (upbeat instrumental music) What kind of firewater
can we get here? – You can get just
about anything you want. (Richard laughs) – Do you have any Moonshine? – We’ve got Moonshine, yeah. – But you guys are also
really know for your food. – Yes. (upbeat instrumental music) – We’re here for just
a good old traditional, named sloppy joe. – [Richard] Oh my
God, my favorite. – My mom used to make Sloppy
Joes at home all the time. – Who hasn’t had that 5,000
times when you were a kid? – You can’t have just one scoop. You’ve gotta keep eating it. It just melts in your mouth. – What do you think makes
Firewater Saloon Chicago’s Best? – The heart and soul
that we put into it. We love Edison Park. We love the people. – Good staff, friendly. They remember your
orders when you walk in. – It’s like hanging out
with your friends here. – [Male Customer]
Everybody’s friendly. – Everyone is so friendly, This is the first
interview I’ve ever done with my arm around a customer. – We’re a family. – I think it’s time I meet
another member of the family in the kitchen. – [Richard] Chef
Jesus is fantastic. (upbeat instrumental music) – Looks like we’ve got all
our makings right here. – Yes, we’re gonna
start chopping the
vegetables and onions. – Oh, good, I get to
chop an onion today, so everyone’s
gonna watch me cry. I’m gonna do my best. You’re moving at a much
faster pace than I am, though. How many times a week do you have to make
this sloppy joe mixture? – Every other day. It’s one of our
most popular dishes. This is the way I do it. (knife chopping) – Sure, that looks,
yup, eyes are burning here just a little. We’re doing great. Oh, the burning
is getting worse. I’m still crying a little. Doc’s over on the side giving
me napkins for my tears. I just love my job so much. I’ve made it this far
with all my fingers. I’m not sure we should test
it out, but we’re going to. Doc’s a paramedic,
so if all else fails, he’s here to stitch me up. – [Miguel] Put all
the vegetables on, and we’re gonna
throw some seasoning. Now, I’m gonna cut the meat. – All right, I’m gloved. – [Miguel] You can open it. – Just hold it in the air. – Yeah. – And then open it– – Yeah, just go inside out. There you go. – [Marley] Oh. – In pieces. – Like you’re making
a lot of tacos. That’s really hard.
– [Miguel] Use one of them. – [Marley] Wow.
– And just be gentle with it. Hold on. – Yeah, here, go ahead. – We’re gonna go
the other way now. – The other way now. That doesn’t look hard,
the way he does it. It’s very firm meat. That is such a weird
thing to say out loud. You know when you wish you
could take something back? I wish I could take that back. – [Miguel] Now, I have a
special tool for this part. – I know this one. I use this for mashed potatoes. – Okay. We’re gonna drain it. – I feel like I
should’ve worn a hairnet so I look like the
sloppy joe lady. – Have some more sloppy joes. – Oh, look at all
the juice coming out. So we’re all evened
out, and now, we’ve gotta add the
secret sloppy joe sauce. – Correct. – And you already pre made that because we’re not telling
everybody what’s in it. – Yes, I did. – Yes. Sorry. I’ll defer to him on the mixing. And then into the
oven for a half-hour? – Yes. (upbeat instrumental music) – All right, 30 minutes at 350. – Yes. – And we’ll have sloppy joes. (upbeat guitar music) Mike, this is a first for me. I have never dined with
a customer on the show. – I feel special. – No, I’ll really tell
everybody what it was. This bar really supports
first responders, and you are a CPD detective. – Yes, I am. – So first, thank
you for your service. – Thank you. – And now, I think
we should dig in. – What are we waiting for? – All right. – [Mike] And it is sloppy. Don’t be afraid. – That’s a sharp dish. I love it. It has such a sweetness to it. – It’s fantastic. Your comfort food,
especially this time of year. It’s feel good food. It’s what your mother made you back when you were a little kid. That’s why it’s so good. – Some sloppy joes really
have that spicy kick, and it’s almost like eating
a hot chili on a bun. Now, I wanna know what’s
in the secret sauce. – I don’t even know the recipe
and I’m friends with Doc. He won’t even tell me anything. – He won’t even tell
the family, but I– – And you’ve gotta try
the mac and cheese. – I never met a mac and
cheese I didn’t like, and they’re so cute
in the little skillet. Now, this together is
the perfect comfort food. It’s just such nice,
creamy, hot mac and cheese in the skillet, keeping
it nice and warm. – Trust me, everything
on the menu’s fantastic. – Well, if it tastes like
this, I can’t go wrong. Let’s finish our sloppy joes because there’s about six
more items on this menu that you’re gonna eat with me. – Let’s dig in. – All right, dig in. (upbeat guitar music)

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