Barbecue without treif
What’s BBQ without pork? Well, it can be kosher that way, for one thing, and that’s what it is at Milt’s, offering beef and chicken smoked meats with a sense of humor that’s more 5th Avenue than Sweet Home Alabama.
Bucktown & Logan Square
Korean BBQ -- but not the kind you expect
Korean-born, Southern-raised Bo Fowler is working her way through a good-times empire -- she and her husband opened the English pub Owen & Engine next door, and she’s opened an Asian-influenced brewery, BiXi, in Logan Square. But it started, years before Smoque or anybody else, with real BBQ from a Southern Pride cooker in this down-home feeling place perfectly placed for after-movie dining.
Surprisingly credible BBQ in a grocery store
Laugh if you want, but you’ll smell Todd’s BBQ as you’re parking on the rooftop at Lawrence and Ravenswood, and the pulled pork and brisket are about as real as southern BBQ’s going to get in a food court where they also sell sushi and slice pizza. Kevin Pang at the Tribune investigated, and apparently there really is a Todd, putting an end to speculation it stood for "Total Olfactory Diversionary Directive" or something.
A hidden gem in Avalon Park
The name notwithstanding, nobody seems to have heard of this place, though you’d think the smoke billowing out the top on Stony Island would be advertisement enough. Pitmaster Kevin Warner plays his cards close to his vest -- the smoker is placed where you can’t see what model he’s using -- but the proof is in the savory, smoky tips and links.