Subway: Red to Clark/Division(312) 642-1160 chicagoqrestaurant.com41.903343 -87.630084 1160 N Dearborn St (between Elm and Division Sts) Gold Coast, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $20
The queen of competition barbecue, Lee Ann Whippen, parlayed fame from TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters series into a swank sit-down restaurant in the Gold Coast (think plantation decor, complete with silver mint-julep cups). Upscale touches include Kobe brisket and a slab of “competition” ribs that goes for about 35 bucks. Pulled chicken and pulled pork are appropriately smoky and juicy, and while we aren’t convinced Kobe brisket is worth the dough, the spare ribs are stellar, just tender enough, with a good dose of smoke and a slightly sweet rub.