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Chicago Q

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistSeptember 17, 2014
    Score brunch with a delicious down-home BBQ twist at this Downtown destination. Try the sweet potato pancakes smothered in pecan butter and bourbon maple syrup, or the Kobe brisket eggs Benedict (!!). Read more
  • Tess V.
    Tess VismaleOctober 5, 2013
    @chicagoqBBq Omg, Dan is a great bartender/server. The shrimp and grits r 2 die 4 and the pickles & chips r amazing. It ended with a hot aromatic towel. Thnx!!!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJune 28, 2015
    Pickles and BBq chips are irresistible, but don't overdo it! Portions are huge, so it's very easy to over order. Try the BBq or Benedict flight for brunch. Crab cakes have huge chunks of crab meat.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneMarch 19, 2015
    Check out this barbecue joint for Eastern N.C.-style barbecue. Want to act like a true Carolinian? Ask for some slaw with your pork sandwich, but not on the side. Read more
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10
    Classic sides include cornbread, baked beans & potato salad, while Southern starters of corn dogs, hush puppies & a BBQ flight (American Kobe brisket, pulled pork & pulled chicken) are also on offer. Read more
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    BBQ chips and sweet pickles to start, a baby greens salad to be healthy, and a full slab ribs to fulfill your stomach. The menu is meat-heavy in big portions, so definitely share, even the q2.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 11, 2012
    Upscale touches include Kobe brisket and “competition” ribs. Spare ribs (the standard, not the $10-more-expensive “competition” slab), proved tender, with a good dose of smoke and a slightly sweet rub Read more
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SMarch 15
    They made a few changes to the menu and I'm very happy with them! Can't go wrong with the classic pulled chicken & Mac and Cheese though!
  • Gables Maven
    Gables MavenMarch 31, 2013
    BBQ shrimp n grits? Yeah, they go awf. Chopped brisket and pulled pork? Yeah, they go awf. Mac n cheese? Mmhmm...they go awf too. Great beer selection, friendly staff & great ambiance top it off.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 25, 2010
    This turkey day, the upscale Gold Coast barbecue joint is whipping up a delectable smattering of sides such as pork sausage and apple stuffing, as well as candied fingerling sweet potatoes. Read more
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 10, 2013
    The Pulled Pork sandwich is delectable and "The Q" uses the PERFECT bun. Try it with the South Carolina Mustard sauce; I couldn't get enough. Is this the best Pulled Pork in Chicago? It might be.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 22, 2012
    Upscale touches include Kobe brisket and a slab of “competition” ribs that goes for about 35 bucks. We prefer the standard spare ribs, which are tender, smoky and sport a slightly sweet rub. Read more
  • Cassandra K.
    Cassandra KlebsApril 12, 2011
    For an appetizer, definitely try the BBQ flight; Kobe Brisket, Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken. And ABSOLUTELY try the Smoked Dry-Rubbed Wings that are smoked for 40 minutes. Best wings I've EVER had.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GuthOctober 2, 2011
    The ribs are easily some of the best I've eaten, and the kobe brisket is the bomb-diggity. But, don't skip the shaved ice mint julep or the braised collard greens-- both are just right.
  • David S.
    David ShefferJanuary 6, 2013
    I hope you came hungry! I would recommend the BBQ flight appetizer to get a feel of the different meats. Then I would get the Kobe ribs... expensive, but the best meat I have ever had!!
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BeauchampSeptember 7, 2015
    Amazing food. The Mac and cheese and hush puppies were divine. And cocktails - had one that felt strong enough as three but was a great compliment to meal
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Chef Lee Ann Whippen earned plenty of accolades as a pitmaster on the barbecue competition circuit. Now, she serves the same tender smoked meats at this white-washed plantation-style dining room. Read more
  • Ed M.
    Ed MadrigalDecember 24, 2010
    When attending Q you must start the meal with their amazing corn fitters. Well balanced and savory flavors, with an amazing chipotle dipping sauce that complements the fritters perfectly.
  • Ramon c.
    Ramon cMarch 11, 2011
    Smoque you have some competition going . Coleslaw is refreshing, pulled pork is flavorful and the st. Louis ribs just melts in your mouth. I was told corn bread is good .. Hhhmmmm yawn.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 1, 2015
    Love everything at this restaurant - includes the food and people. You cannot go wrong with any of their options.
  • Edith T.
    Edith TaveraAugust 30, 2015
    The Kobe Brisket sandwich is tender and delicious. Service is great but the cornbread is a little grittier and drier than I am accustomed to.
  • Arslaan A.
    Arslaan ArshedSeptember 25, 2014
    I've come here twice and have always left underwhelmed. The staff is friendly, great vibe, location and mimosas. The food does leave me a bit underwhelmed, I always think there should be more flavor
  • Kent F.
    Kent Fisher2 weeks ago
    Great BBQ in an elegant setting! Recommend the 1/2 slab with choice of one other meat, and red potato salad or chipotle corn.
  • Stevie C.
    Stevie C.September 1, 2013
    They have bottomless mimosas here. I WILL be back for brunch. Oh, and the brisket sandwich is amazing but the baby back ribs are life changing.
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumSeptember 14, 2011
    Pulled pork, mac n' cheese, and killer bloody mary's are go-to's at this upscale BBQ joint. Can't decide on your smoked meat? Go for the BBQ Flight.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the Competition St. Louis slab from our 100 Best list: These ribs take two additional hours of labor because they’re pulled out of the smoker periodically to baste. These bones are killing it.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10
    The eatery offers their signature mac and cheese with various BBQ toppings. Amazing. Read more
  • Dustin H.
    Best BBQ I've had in Chicago. I enjoy the variety of sauces they provide so you can get exactly what you want.
  • Christina B.
    Christina BowersNovember 18, 2012
    St. Louis ribs are a must. This with the cornbread is perfection. Love everything here, all served up with the southern charm ambiance.
  • Stephen O.
    Stephen OhgeJanuary 2, 2011
    The prix fixe menu is an absolute steal! 15 dollars leaves you with a takeout bag and a happy tummy. Don't leave without having the hush puppies!
  • Mypat B.
    Mypat BoboDecember 11, 2014
    If you crave for spare ribs, this should be your favourite address. Half rack is very enough, but go for a full rack if you are really hungry.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10
    The main event is BBQbrisket, pulled pork & baby back ribs — plus cornbread, coleslaw or fries (plus house-made sauces). Read more
  • Jack H.
    Jack HallOctober 4, 2014
    The BBQ is all great. The portions are huge. An appetizer and a q2 platter is usually enough for 4 in my experience.
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockMarch 29
    All of the meats were good. The brisket, maybe my least favorite. But the mac and cheese - hands down the BEST.
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SusickMarch 26, 2012
    Can't go wrong with anything here. I highly recommend the Pimm's Cup for a cocktail or the Bruleed Macaroni and Cheese as a side.
  • Yuliya S.
    Yuliya ShneydermanJune 9, 2013
    The benedict flight at brunch is amazing and great for people who can't make up their minds. All the meats are present.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SNovember 19, 2014
    EVERYTHING is amazing. My favorites are the pulled pork & pulled chicken sandwiches & the BBQ Cobb Salad is amazing!!
  • Miguel V.
    Ribs and brisket are awesome. Try the Spicy and Vinegar Sauces
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJune 4, 2013
    Don't miss the bacon-cheddar hush puppies served with chipotle mayonnaise -- fried, bacon-y, salty goodness all in one bite.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJanuary 20, 2014
    The whiskey list has expanded, flights of 3 available OR try all the whiskey on the list for $75
  • Cary B.
    Cary BlackDecember 6, 2014
    Love this place. If you like pork, this place is great. One of the best BBQ options in Chicago.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterSeptember 21, 2013
    One of the best bourbon lists in Chicago. Awesome mint juleps. Great food. Fantastic service.
  • Tracey S.
    Tracey ScottJanuary 13, 2015
    The food here was only so so. Drinks were watered down and that says a lot from someone who isn't a drinker. The cajun chips are delish and refilled without asking. Love the atomosphere though.
  • Julie C.
    Julie CharJune 29, 2011
    Generous portions of delicious food. Love the hush puppies. Be warned, the napkins leave you covered in lint - not very attractive :( Read more
  • Hugo B.
    Hugo BernardoJune 11, 2015
    BBQ is the best. The benedict tasting is also pretty good. Portions are enormous!
  • Edouard N.
    Edouard NetterJanuary 19
    Unbeatable lunch deal! (Check my photo to see what you got for $15)
  • George M.
    George MillerAugust 31, 2014
    Eggs Benedict brunch is very good. Great selection of sauces. Corn fritters
  • George L.
    George LeeJune 18
    Chips and pickles are really top notch. The beef tips and ribs... Not so much. Very tough.
    Upvoted Jun 18
  • Casey R.
    Casey RyanFebruary 15
    Get the anything with the Pulled Pork. It was, hands down, the best item on the menu.
  • Ashok S.
    Ashok SelvamMay 26, 2011
    Overpriced. Yes. But they get all the service aspects of a restaurant right and the food is top notch. Just wish they would ignore the Gold Coast area they reside and were more creative with the menu. Read more
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