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Smoke Daddy

Smoke Daddy

BBQ Joint and Bar$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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    This place is famous for their barbecue. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Tips
    "Get the Burnt Ends sandwich, it's some of the best BBQ in the city."(12 Tips)
    Keith T.
    "The platter of Ribs and Tips and Pulled Pork Nachos are really Good."(19 Tips)
    Tyler R.
    "Try the spare ribs and the collard greens with fries!!"(6 Tips)
    Euller B.
    "Ribs Sampler + Revolution Brewery IPA!"(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon145 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • Southern food
  • sandwiches
  • brisket
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  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 26, 2013
    Pulled pork sandwich here is a bit small, so order it Carolina Style (additional $1.50) to fill the bun out. Use the white-capped sauce (it's the best of the three). Bonus: Seasonal Sam Adams on tap!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 13, 2016
    The classic Smoke Daddy pulled pork was stacked atop a very run-of-the-mill English muffin and covered with perfectly poached eggs and a chipotle hollandaise sauce.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Eric R.
    Eric RecioMay 14, 2014
    The food was very good. Waitress was very attentive as well. Met the manager/owner, and he was very cool too. Highly recommend this place. When it gets warmer I plan to try the outdoor seating area
  • C R.heart icon on user image
    C ReyFebruary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid BBQ, good beers and other drinks too. I suggest a table in the bar side and preferably in the summer. Get the burnt ends and Mac and cheese. Hush puppies to start.
  • Marty C.
    Marty ColchamiroJune 4, 2016
    Great sampler plate. Cole slaw homemade and great. Sweet potato fries very good. You are in for treat. First time here but not the last
  • nikki h.
    nikki hillFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My husband came here three nights in a row. Have to admit it's pretty ridiculously good. Must haves: wings (the chipotle ranch is addictive) and sweet potato fries (tossed in cinnamon sugar). YUM
  • Arslaan A.
    Arslaan ArshedSeptember 25, 2014
    Now THIS is a BBQ place. Smoke daddy >> Chicago Q. Great brunch, brisket and bloody Mary's. You even get a small beer shooter 💁
  • Bitches Who Brunch M.
    Voted Best Meats Brunch: Smoke Daddy puts a meaty twist on brunch classics. Also one of our favorite spots for a game-day brunch! Read more
  • Nick A.
    Nick AgroFebruary 13, 2012
    Usually I ignore the fanfare surrounding restaurants offering sweet potato fries but they are actually really good here. Crispy, not vegetably like other places. Also, RIBSS! The best!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 11, 2012
    Reserve your hunger for “The Rib Sampler,” a huge plate of baby back ribs, spareribs and rib tips. Don’t worry: The pink, smoky meat pulls off the bone easily, so you’ll clean your plate. Read more
  • Rebeca A.heart icon on user image
    Rebeca AguilarAugust 19, 2015
    Oh does delicious ribs!!!..order the ribs platter with out of this world mac-n-cheese and sweet potato fries...just awesome and of course beer.
  • Ross C.heart icon on user image
    Ross CarusoSeptember 29, 2018
    Died and came back to life eating their jump-off-the-bone ribs. They are a must order. Plus the food came out within 5 minutes of ordering.
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyJanuary 25, 2021
    Hella good. Meat from best to okay: baby back ribs, burnt ends, pork, chicken, brisket. Get all the sides.
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolOctober 30, 2014
    Get the Burnt Ends sandwich, it's some of the best BBQ in the city. $4 drafts on Mondays!
  • Elizabethheart icon on user image
    ElizabethApril 13, 2015
    Incredible BBQ! Everything was delicious and their collard greens are the best I've had! Oh! And the Bloody Mary!!! 😍 you're welcome 😉
  • Rachelheart icon on user image
    RachelAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is obviously a carnivore's dream but it also has one of the best veggie burgers in the city! So bring your veggie friends, they will love it too :)
  • Ron H.
    Ron HubersApril 3, 2013
    I got the half-rack of ribs with the of the best combo's I've had in a long while! Pretty good local jazz band was playing on Sunday night.
  • Mike E.
    Mike EaganMarch 20, 2012
    Yeah the BBQ is good but you haven't lived until you've had a bloody mary that's topped with a skewer of pulled pork and bacon and chased with a pony of Miller (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Domenic C.heart icon on user image
    Domenic CarusoSeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best BBQ in Chicago. I've recently moved to Los Angeles and I find myself constantly missing this place.
  • Julius B.
    Julius BryantMay 10, 2016
    Brisket was my favorite meat. Also had rib tips, baby backs, and burnt ends. The beans were pretty good too.
  • Amy L.heart icon on user image
    Amy LebowskyOctober 5, 2015
    Twice now as a vegetarian, I've had a fantastic breakfast here. The Wicker Park Omelette is excellent, as is a Bloody Mary minus the meat skewer.
  • Jillian B.heart icon on user image
    Jillian BurnickasApril 24, 2016
    I'm not even a big BBQ person but I was really impressed with the food. The brisket is really good. I wish they had a spicy BBQ sauce though.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoJune 23, 2021
  • Chris J.
    Chris JelkesAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have 3 types of BBQ sauce. SWEET was my favorite. MUSTARD based. Awesome. ORIGINAL IS VINEGAR BASED. it's the default BBQ of the restaurant
  • Dmitriy S.
    Dmitriy SandlerOctober 10, 2014
    Try the hot links or the ribs...fantastic! Mac'n'cheese or beans for sides you won't regret. Brisket is mediocre.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinApril 13, 2013
    Live music on Tuesdays. Ribs and chicken with mac and cheese and greens. Ask for their homemade hot sauce.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SomersJuly 5, 2011
    The pork is where it's at. The cornbread and bbq chips are both great sides. The waitress seemed a tad disinterested but it didn't take away from the great tasting food.
  • Kate S.heart icon on user image
    Kate SchafferMarch 1, 2015
    Get the burnt ends if you can. Mac & cheese is super creamy. Sweet potato fries are perfection.
  • Ruthie G.heart icon on user image
    Ruthie GAugust 1, 2019
    Get the chicken/ribs plate - comes with 2 sides!
  • Ming M.
    Ming MingJuly 30, 2015
    The briskets has great flavors but it wants to be a little more tender.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJune 10, 2015
    Check out Smoke Daddy as it was featured on Guilty Pleasures for Alex Guarnaschelli recommends the pulled pork eggs benedict. Read more
  • Chrisheart icon on user image
    ChrisJune 11, 2017
    Try the chicken or the pulled pork with the sweet and smiley sauce, and grab a cold one.
  • Prashant P.
    Prashant PatelMay 26, 2015
    Dog friendly patio! Get your best friend a pig ear
  • Maya J.heart icon on user image
    Maya Jimenez 😬June 1, 2018
    The St Louis ribs are delicious.
  • Robin E.
    Robin ErnstJuly 6, 2013
    Eat outside on the patio while the weather is nice. I recommend ordering the pulled meat nachos!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 9, 2015
    Voted Best Meat Brunch By Bitches Who Brunch. Read More! Read more
  • Raffaello Chicago
    Raffaello ChicagoApril 3, 2014
    Skillet Cookie- a warm giant cookie served in an iron skillet with a scoop of ice cream on top
  • Manoj A.heart icon on user image
    Manoj AmbalavananJuly 9, 2020
    The St. Louis style ribs with the sauce were delish as were the sweet potatoe fries
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrionesSeptember 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Top 3 Mac and Cheese in the City. Combo sandwich with Brisket and Burnt Ends is my fav.
  • Elaine C.heart icon on user image
    Elaine ClarkDecember 27, 2021
    It’s the brisket, pulled chicken, sweet potato fries and greens for me.
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick BarellaJuly 12, 2019
    Bbq sandwiches and cool beer selection
  • Dane D.heart icon on user image
    Dane DeasyJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite is a medium-rare cheddar cheeseburger with bacon, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato with a side of their baked mac & cheese. You won't regret it.
  • Staci S.
    Staci StarksJanuary 12, 2012
    The pulled pork sandwich with a mixture of the KC & Chicago sauce is bbq heaven. The mac is also amazing.
  • Marlonheart icon on user image
    MarlonAugust 17, 2015
    Loved the burnt ends brisket.
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.October 20, 2019
    The ribs were excellent. Also get the Mac and cheese.
  • Lee A.
    Lee AllenAugust 28, 2014
    The brisket sandwich and burnt ends sandwich are both solid options.
  • Nora B.heart icon on user image
    Nora BensonDecember 22, 2016
    The burnt ends and the Whiskey Blue are great!
  • Kurt U.
    Kurt UhlirOctober 27, 2011
    Order a full slab of baby back ribs. They may be the best in the city. Then, choose your favorite of their sauces to add
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BlancoAugust 1, 2011
    love the ribs, brisket, and pulled pork...always with mac n cheese and slaw. Texan approved!
  • Jennie B.
    Jennie BunkofskeNovember 17, 2013
    Wowzers! Order the blueberry cornbread to start. Absurdly delicious.
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