The basics: This no-frills Southside counter-serve has been dishing up copious amounts of classic Chicago rib tips, chicken dinners with all the fixings, and fiery hot links plus buckets upon buckets of plump Gulf shrimp for the past 75+ years. And like any good BBQ joint worth its rub, fussy dine-in service was never the draw. Get in and get out, or stick around a while if you want but don’t expect a tablecloth.
What the experts say: “Chicago is pretty unique in the barbecue world,” says Manion. “I don’t think there’s anyone in KC, Memphis, or Texas trying to make ‘Chicago-style’ barbecue. To me, it’s characterized by aquarium smokers, tips, links, and sauce—shit gets saucy.”
How to book: Stop by for counter service or call 773-247-4360 for take-out.