Subway: Blue to Irving Park(773) 545-7427 smoquebbq.com41.950106 -87.727552 3800 N Pulaski Rd (at Grace St) Irving Park, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $12
At this now-famous Northwest Side barbecue joint, St. Louis spareribs are near-perfect—juicy, pull-apart tender, with subtle smokiness that doesn’t overwhelm the tangy spice rub—while pillow-soft chicken’s slick, seasoned skin gives way to meat that’s partially pink from smoke and fully flavorful. But it’s the brisket that has folks coming from far and wide. The beautifully marbled beef is given just the right treatment—it’s the stuff that shows Texans that Chicago knows ’cue too.