Success on the competition circuit and local festivals prompted Willie Wagner to set up a permanent home for his “Memphis-style,” dry-rubbed barbecue in Pilsen. The smoky pulled pork clocks in at one of the best around. Tender, juicy chicken comes in second for best bets, with puckery slaw and meaty beans right behind it. Make a night of it with the lively bands that play in the attached bar on the weekends.
|Venue name:||Honky Tonk Barbecue|
1800 S Racine Ave
|Cross street:||at 18th St|
|Opening hours:||Tuesday-Friday 4pm-2am, Saturday 4pm-3am, Sunday 4pm-2am, kitchen closes all days at 11pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Pink to 18th. Bus: 9, 18, 60.|
|Price:||Average main course: $12|
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You can certainly find a better plate of barbecue in Chicago, but if you’re visiting Honky Tonk you’re probably not there for gourmet cuisine. This neighborhood restaurant and bar is notorious for hosting living music on a nearly nightly basis, ranging from twangy country acts to South Side blues bands. Longtime neighborhood residents and young transplants fill the seats, sipping on bottles of beer and licking sauce from their fingers—it’s a cultural cross section united in the name of good music and solid grub.