Jan 7, 2012
I live about a block from Smoque and while its great that the place gets all the publicity it has, it makes it difficult for the locals to stop in for a quick bite to eat. If Check Please or DDD airs its episode on this place, stay away for at least a week or more. The lines will be ridiculous. We stopped in for our usual weenend lunch not realizing that Check Please had featured the restaurant on the show all weekend. The owner recognized me as a regular and was as cordial as could be -- apologizing that his regular customers couldn't get served because of all the one time visitors. Under normal conditons, there will be a brief line, but by the time you order, one of the crew members will have a table waiting for you. I like everything here. The ribs have a wonderful smokey flavor and are fall off the bone tender. The beef brisket is the best. A must have is the peach cobbler. Zero atmosphere -- but who cares. This place defines the word barbeque.Was this review helpful?
Mar 9, 2010
holy smoque! I can't rave enough this place! The place is clean, inviting and very convivial. The food in the best! The brisket and pulled pork is just divine! so tasty and one of the best in the state. The ribs are just heavenly! so tender and juicy, you just want to nibble on it up to the last tiny meat sticking on the bones. another great thing about their food is that their sides go very well with their main offerings or by itself. The mac 'n cheese is a must have, the slaw is also really good and the fries are also great. definitely, a good place to visit over and over again for barbecue.Was this review helpful?
Mar 24, 2008
Awesome BBQ, but small restaurant Smoque is the best BBQ I've had in a long, long time. The shop is located in the Irving Park neighborhood on Chicago's northside. It's a small place that where you would expect good BBQ...and you get it. This place exploded in popularity after being featured on the Food Network show Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives. The group I was with had been told to get there between lunch and dinner...don't try to go for either meal. We arrived at about 4:30 and found on-street parking. We got to the door and the line to order was out into the street. After about a half hour wait, we got to the front of the line to place our orders. The menu is pretty limited and pretty much what you'd expect at a BBQ place. Their specialty is the smoke bristket which you can get sliced or chopped. They also have pulled pork, Baby Back Ribs and St. Louis Style ribs. I went with the pulled pork sandwhich and one side. The pork came piled high on a buttered roll. They put a little bit of sauce on top but also gave you a sdie of sauce. This is a very Carolina style sauce...very vinegary...which I LOVED! The complaint I've heard from most people is the sauce isn't thick enough...this is NOT a KC style sauce...it's very thin and has a very strong vinegar taste. For the side, I ordered the fries. They were fresh cut with a hit of a cajun spice. The side order was huge. The plating was pretty interesting for a BBQ joint. The plates were metal trays with parchment paper and the fries were served in a paper bag. The meal also came with cole slaw, but I'm not a slaw fan so I didn't try it. Two of the other people in my party ordered the pulled pork platter. This is a pile of the pulled pork again served with the thin BBQ sauce. With the platter, you get two sides. My girlfriend got the Mac and Cheese and the baked beans. Both come in a smal tinfoil cup. The serving size is the thing I hear most people complain about, but do you really go to a BBQ joint to get Mac and Cheese? She thought the size was perfect so she wasn't tempted to keep eating. The Mac and Cheese was very creamy and had a bread crumb topping that made the dish. The beans came with little slices ofthe brisket. She doesn't normally eat beef, but it was so good, she let it slide this time. The other guy I was with ordered the chopped brisket sandwhich. Again, meat piled high on the buttered roll. I didn't hear anyone complaining about their food. We all left stuffed and very satisfied with portion sizes and taste. The biggest complaint was space. This is a very tiny store. Just a handful of tables. We were lucky and were able to get one. It's not quite a someone's leaving, go sit down and we'll order type of place. You place your order then a host will seat you if you decide to eat in. Most of the orders were carry-out, so if your patient, you may get a table. Like I said, this place's popularity just blew up after the Food Network show. We drove from Peoria pretty much just to eat there. Even with the long wait to place an order and get a table, we were out in less than an hour and a half. Our bill for 4 people was right at $50, but I really think it was money well spent. Smoque is right up there with some of the best BBQ in the country and gets my vote for best in Chicago.Was this review helpful?
Jul 20, 2011
True to it's name the beans were so smoky, eating them felt as if I was having a cigarette, of course this smokiness is a good thing. The fries were the best American style that I had, crispy on the outside, but not burnt. Stopped in for lunch, had half sliced brisket and half chopped brisket platter. The sliced brisket was really good, it melt in my mouth like good fresh Toro Sashimi, except this is cooked beef, more accurately smoked beef. The chopped brisket was a bit dry for my taste, but was good as well. Wasn't really into the fast food style of the place, with a guy by the cash register assigning you seats. I don't understand why the founders of the restaurant decided to go this route with such good food; however so, I would definitely return.Was this review helpful?
Nov 17, 2010
My favorite BBQ spot in Chicago. Love the St Louis ribs, and the sides are awesome. There's often a long line, but it moves quickly.Was this review helpful?
Hours (12:00pm - Noon, 12:00am - Midnight)
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