Service: Exceptional. Server had a great personality.
Booze: Oh yeah, baby. They have all the ‘shine and beer your little heart could desire alongside some smoked meat.
Fried Pickles | beer battered, homemade ranch $ 6
Taste of LQ | hot link, tri-tip and pulled pork $ 20
Baby Back Ribs | carolina dirt, apple glaze, eight bones $ 15
Stone Ground Grits | house-made bacon $ 5
Cornbread | pepper jelly butter $ 4
Mac & Cheese | classic $ 5
Best fried pickles I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming. And the ranch. Oh, the ranch. I’ll cut to the chase on the ribs; they were disappointing. Amazing flavor, but a bit tough honestly. Ribs are hard to perfect so it could have been an off day but with tri-tip like THIS, who needs ribs?! I was almost MAD that the meat was so tender and juicy and well-seasoned due to their delicious sauce lineup… I didn’t want sauce! [I obviously had some. Carolina Gold mixed with a dab of E.N.C., please.] The pulled pork was great–almost on par with the beef—but the hot link was unimpressive. However, creamy bacon-topped grits had me questioning, “is this real life?” down to the moment I sucked the last drop of oil from the cast iron. Then reality hit. It was real life. They really were that good. And they were gone. Luckily there was cornbread with fantastic pepper jelly butter. The mac & cheese, while better than average, unfortunately lacked pizzaz. I would rather have twice the grits.
Overall: It’s a little pricy for BBQ, but it’s trendy and hip. The ambience is nice. Some of the menu items are completely worth it and the drinks are unique.
1856 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622