Smoke Daddy

Chicago
BBQ Joint
$$$$
Available for Delivery/Takeout
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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The basics: Around since 1994, which is basically ancient by restaurant standards, Smoke Daddy was a progenitor of Chicago’s barbecue renaissance. A fixture on the Division Street drag before it became the infamous sports bar strip it is today, this neighborhood cornerstone has endured with its increasingly lengthy craft beer list, nightly live music (with an emphasis on blues), and bountiful platters brimming with rotisserie chicken, baby back ribs, burnt ends, and brisket. Nearing 30 years in business, Smoke Daddy has also always been able to dexterously evolve, from adding a huge new patio to rounding out its menu with thoughtful new options, like smoked corned beef, Cajun fish sandwiches, rotisserie chicken salads, and pimento cheese hush puppies with green chili jam.
What the experts say: “Before we opened, that was always my go-to place,” Sorkin says, calling Smoke Daddy a longtime favorite. “In my mind, they’re one of the mainstays that’s always been really good, and they’ve evolved really nicely, and upped their game multiple times over the last decade.” For Bruns, he’s long been a fan of their pulled pork sandwiches in particular.
How to book: Reservations are always on Tock. There’s also a newer location in Wrigleyville in the Hotel Zachary.

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Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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