Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 772-5500 lilliesq.com41.910627 -87.674914 1856 W North Ave (at Wolcott Ave) Bucktown, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $12
[Note: Lillie's Q is temporarily closed due to fire damage.] We have to admit we were skeptical that a stylish spot in Wicker Park could deliver memorable barbecue, but we ate our words with bite after bite of impressively smoky, truly tender, low-and-slow meats. Ease into the night with a moonshine-spiked Arnold Palmer or a pick from the impressive beer list and apps like fried pickles, boiled peanuts and pimento cheese. Stellar Southern classics continue with a shellfish and andouille–packed low-country boil and shrimp over insanely creamy grits, but it’s the pink-tinged pulled pork and thick slices of smoked tri-tip that prove chef-owner Charlie McKenna is every bit deserving of that Memphis in May trophy behind the bar.