From the restaurant group behind fan-favorite spots Au Cheval and Bavette's comes this equally meaty concept that specializes in Texas-style barbecue. Hop in the line that snakes around the bar and grab a cocktail while you wait for your turn at the counter. Guests can choose from coffee-rubbed brisket, juicy chicken legs, saucy pulled pork and ruby-red pastrami. Load your tray with classic sides—like baked beans studded with pork belly and elote-style street corn—before you snag a picnic table on the covered patio.
Chicago doesn’t have the same prestigious reputation as other barbecue meccas, but there are undoubtedly great smokehouses all across the city. From sticky, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs to tender pulled pork, local pit masters have mastered the craft of smoking meats. They’re also dabbling in specialties from other regions, meaning you can chow on on Texas brisket at Smoque and Green Street Smoked Meats or St. Louis ribs at Offset. And if you’re not familiar with Chicago-style barbecue, head to South Side favorites like Lem’s and Honey 1 BBQ for delicious rib tips and hot links. There’s even Chinese barbecue, courtesy of saucy char siu from 3 Little Pigs. These spots are also perfect for some of the best cheap eats or delivery and takeout, in case you don’t want to get messy in public. So check out our guide to the best barbecue restaurants in Chicago and start fasting for a meaty feast.
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