Flat & Point
The basics: To call Flat & Point, Logan Square’s singular Alpine-inspired smokehouse, a barbecue joint would be an egregious over-simplification. Courtesy of chef Brian Bruns, an alum of fine dining titans Spiaggia and TRU, this cozy lodge-like restaurant combines passions for local sourcing, Alpine inspirations, and as the website points out, “wood-fired everything.” The result is a restaurant that feels like barbecue that’s taken a semester abroad, with a major in pyrotechnics. Along with charcuterie, pastas, and bagels, the menu emphasizes smoked meats, which take the innovative form of brisket gougeres, smoked duck with grilled cornbread, and grilled pork chops with braising greens puree. Come weekends, snag a brisket bagel sandwich off the bakery menu and blow your brunch expectations out of the water.
What the experts say: “They’re not exclusively barbecue, but they do it right,” proclaims Manion of this charming husband-and-wife spot. “It pays homage to barbecue without trying to intellectualize it. They’re doing composed dishes, but it feels authentic and not contrived at all. What they’re doing makes sense, and when you talk about doing composed barbecue dishes, it oftentimes does not.” Tim Cottini, executive chef of Bub City, is also a fan of Flat & Point’s elevated barbecue: “I love seeing what chef Bruns is doing at Flat & Point, where he has taken his passion for barbecue and evolved it into an elevated dining experience."
How to book: Make a dine-in reservation on Tock or order takeout via Toast.
Part smokehouse, part white tablecloth refinement, this ever-creative Logan Square go-to is rolling out a true Christmas game-changer this year, with a-la-carte holiday options fit for any style of gathering. Highlights include Prime Beef Sandwich kits with Parker House Rolls and horseradish creme, Whole Smoked Pork Loin, Gravy by the pound, and a variety of mouth-watering sides and baked goods. Make sure to order a pack of their take-and-bake Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas morning.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Order pick-up via Tock.