Big Bricks

Restaurants , Barbecue North Center
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Big Bricks
Photograph: Erica Gannett
Smoked Chicken at Big Bricks

What puts the Big in Big Bricks, the sibling of Lincoln Park’s subterranean pizza institution? First, a spacious upstairs. Second, an expanded menu, which tacks barbecue (baby backs, pulled pork, etc.) onto the pizza offerings. Aside from the juicy chicken tinged pink with smoke, the ’cue’s merely a distraction from the signature offering: thin, square-cut pies like the Painful, which is topped with spicy pepperoni and jalapeño. (Tip: Order it “extra crispy.”) The last way this place went big: the commendable craft-beer selection.

Venue name: Big Bricks
Address: 3832 N Lincoln Ave
Cross street: at Berenice Ave
Opening hours: Dinner
Transport: El stop:Brown to Irving Park. Bus:11,50,80.
Price: Average pizza: $15
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Brian W

Great pizza, beer, cocktails, and cake!  Cozy, well located across the street from Goldies bar and kitty-corner from Martyrs in North Center.  This makes it an ideal place to stop in for a good meal and a few beers or well-made cocktails before going to a show across the street. The barbecue choices are all good, but the best deal is their variety of pizzas. They are all delicious, and you get a lot for the price.

Heather P.

Homemade bbq sauce and pickles!

Got here around 6:45pm on a Tuesday and there wasn't a soul in the entire restaurant either inside or on the patio. Immediately, I feared what was coming. We took a table on the enormous patio. Service was excellent. Since we were catching up with friends, the server had to come to the table about six times before we were actually ready to order and she never seemed annoyed or inconvenienced. She let us know about the drink and entree specials for the evening. Everything sounded good, but I had heard all about the brisket so there was no way I was leaving without trying the brisket.

There you have it, I ordered the brisket sandwich. It came on a nice brioche bun unsauced, side of well done hand-cut fries, and a small cole slaw portion. I really enjoyed the fact that I could taste the meat before deciding how much sauce I wanted to add. It was smoky, trim, slightly dry but nothing that a dip in the au ju or homemade bbq sauce couldn't fix. It was definitely worth the trip. My friend had the pizza and while he wasn't sharing, it smelled great. Two people at the table had the side of kale and we were all blown away by how scrumptious the veggie side was - almost justifiable to swap the fries for the greens.

By the time we left at 8:30 every table on the patio was filled. The overhead lights were on and I was full and satisfied. Thanks Big Bricks for proving my initial fears wrong.