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Smoque

3800 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL - (773) 545-7427
Posted By David Sanders on 4/30/2014 7:43:00 PM
I have been to Smoque probably about a dozen or more times. It is by far my favorite barbecue restaurant in the Chicago area, and one of my favorites anywhere. Every aspect of the food has been great every single time I have been there. I love the ribs, both the baby backs and the St. Louis. The last couple of times I have gotten the St. Louis, because they have been meatier. The ribs have a very smokey flavor, and they give a good resistance when eating. No fall off the bone here! They have two sauces, one for the ribs which is thicker and richer, with more substance, and one for the pulled pork and chopped brisket, which is thinner, tangier, and I assume has more vinegar. Both are wonderful and great to dip your fries in. The pulled pork also has a great smoky flavor and a wonderful texture to the meat. The chopped brisket is heavenly.

The restaurant gives the option of getting a "taste of" a number of different meats, including the St. Louis ribs, the pulled pork, the chopped or sliced brisket, and the sausage. I haven't had the sausage yet, because I'm not a big sausage eater. You get a smaller portion for a reduced price. I often get a pulled pork sandwich, with a taste of chopped brisket and a taste of St. Louis ribs. I generally get the wonderful hand-cut fries and sometimes I'll get an additional order of coleslaw (coleslaw comes with the meals). I've had the mac and cheese which is very creamy, with a nice crisp top, and that peach cobbler which is also very good.

It's a small restaurant and there is often a wait. Seating is at long tables and can be a bit crowded, but the food is well worth it.

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Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chopped Brisket
Cole Slaw
Pulled Pork
Macaroni & Cheese
St. Louis Ribs Full Slab w/slaw & 2 sides
Sliced Brisket Sandwich w/slaw & 1 side
Fresh Cut Fries
BBQ Beans
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Meals come in wide metal trays.  Clockwise from top left:  Peach cobbler, French fries, St. Louis cut ribs, macaroni and cheese and bbq sauce.
"Meals come in wide metal trays. Clockwise from top left: Peach cobbler, French fries, St. Louis cut ribs, macaroni and cheese and bbq sauce."
Cliff Strutz





We were able to add a link of the Texas sausage for a mere four dollars.  It is a nice mixture of heat and spice.
"We were able to add a link of the Texas sausage for a mere four dollars. It is a nice mixture of heat and spice."
Cliff Strutz


The excellent golden fries come in a brown paper bag and are well seasoned.
"The excellent golden fries come in a brown paper bag and are well seasoned. "
Cliff Strutz


Topped with bread crumbs, this is some of the creamiest mac and cheese imaginable.
"Topped with bread crumbs, this is some of the creamiest mac and cheese imaginable."
Cliff Strutz


Pulled pork sandwich, taste of St. Louis ribs, great mac and cheese.
"Pulled pork sandwich, taste of St. Louis ribs, great mac and cheese. "
David Sanders


Baby back ribs, taste of pulled pork, taste of chopped brisket, fantastic fries and coleslaw.
"Baby back ribs, taste of pulled pork, taste of chopped brisket, fantastic fries and coleslaw. "
David Sanders


I typically like a vinegar cole slaw, but this was lifeless.  Not recommended.
"I typically like a vinegar cole slaw, but this was lifeless. Not recommended."
Cliff Strutz


The huge menu board takes up the majority of the back wall.
"The huge menu board takes up the majority of the back wall."
Cliff Strutz


An interior view of Smoque.
"An interior view of Smoque."
Cliff Strutz


Is this Chicago's best bbq?
"Is this Chicago's best bbq?"
Cliff Strutz



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