Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days Open late: Friday & Saturday till 1, other nights till midnight
The jerk chicken joint's second location in the Hard Rock Hotel in the Loop.
The new Mr. Brown's Lounge in the Hard Rock Hotel—the other location is in Ukrainian Village—has a slightly more expanded and varied menu as would befit a hotel restaurant, with things like curried goat, grilled shrimp, fried snapper, and jerk filet mignon. Still, it's retained a focused island identity in both menu and ambience (I only heard Bob Marley three times in 45 minutes). Mr. Brown's $16 island jerk chicken is an impressively sized half bird slathered in a potent jerk sauce that builds in intensity as you work your way through it. The chicken comes with a side of rice and peas, plantains, and some pretty bland slaw that's livened up with an extra side of sauce. The problem with this bird—which is described on the menu, tellingly, as "finished on a charcoal grill"—is that it's precooked somehow, but clearly not in the vicinity of any wood. There's no smokiness, no breath of the fire, and meat itself is bland and mealy.
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