The basics: As the first location to announce the return of a large-scale local music festival with last summer’s annual Windy City Smokeout, this country-fried Lettuce Entertain You’s Bub City staple has helped us ease back into normal life—that’s if normal life involves absurd amounts of BBQ goodness. Stock up on backyard cookout bliss like hickory smoked chicken wings, dreamy baby back ribs, brisket-topped nachos, and waffle fries loaded with pulled pork and molten cheese, then wash it all down with a bottle of single barrel bourbon or a refreshing tropical cocktail from neighboring tiki icon Three Dots and a Dash.
What the experts say: “There’s a real interest and initiative by Chicago pitmasters and chefs to emulate the traditions of other regions and make these methods and techniques their own,” says Manion, nodding to Bub City’s eclectic spread. “It feels like there’s a freedom to inject some of what makes Chicago such a dynamic cooking scene into the ‘cue. And while the end results sometimes deviate from regional purity, they tend to be freewheeling, fresh, and innovative.” For Sorkin, he applauds Bub City for its upbeat vibe and contributions to the city over all. “It’s a fun place to go, they do a great job with their barbecue, they have great music, and they’re responsible for one of the best barbecue fests in the country with the Windy City Smokeout,” he says. “They’re a hugely important part of Chicago’s barbecue landscape.”
How to book: Reserve via Tock or order take-out and delivery via ChowNow and Caviar.
This Super Sunday, order up Bub City’s Big Game Combo which includes hickory-smoked Chicken Wings, St. Louis Ribs, Bread and Butter Pickles, creamy Mac and Cheese, and more for a cool $145.95 each (serves four). Orders must be placed 24-hours prior to pick-up, with the game broadcast live alongside onsite specials throughout the day.
How to book: Reserve and order via Tock.
River North’s top BBQ slinger is back in action this Thanksgiving, cranking a slow-and-low take-out experience fit for a country-fried king, both a la carte and in bundles. Hickory Smoked Turkey, served whole or as a half-portion, rides in on its trusty steed, followed by a herd of Celery and Sage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sweet Corn Spoonbread, Cranberry Sauce, and more. Spice things up with add-ons like a Bourbon Maple Pumpkin Pie, or a Trucker Snacks appetizer spread including Hot Links and Pimento Cheese. Please, stop drooling.
Cost: Packages start at $95 each (serves 2 - 8)
How to book: Order pick-up by November 20 via Tock.