BBQ | Chicago02 Nov 2014 12:00 pm

MK opened this specialty BBQ spot to showcase (in my opinion) his culinary skills and creativity over a wide range of food styles.   BBQ spots have become  ubiquitous in Chicago recently with the opening of many spots – including MK’s. But this is the real thing with pork ribs smoked to perfection – and the pulled pork and beef brisket follow not too far behind. Sides are exceptional (sweet potato fries, garlic fries, collard greens, burnt cauliflower, and several others). This place is close to the U of I medical center and gets very very crowded after  6pm every night – with limited seating capacity a wait should be expected unless you arrive earlier (open daily at 11:30 am and closed at 10 or 11 pm). No wine served here – but good beer choices and bourbon if that’s your thing.

MK deserves your support as he is a big booster of Inspiration Kitchens (see my review).

Parking can be a challenge but you can usually find a street spot east on Taylor (don’t forget to feed the meter). There is a parking lot if you enter through the alley behind County BBQ for a fee. Street spots go for $3 per hour. If you plan to hang out on Taylor Street the lot would be a good option.

1352 West Taylor

Chicago, IL 60607


BBQ | Chicago | Illinois10 Oct 2014 01:58 pm

The absolute best authentic BBQ in Chicago – and maybe in North America.

This small spot on Chicago’s far North side has been around for only a few years, but from the very start they have offered BBQ smoked in a vintage smoker on the premises. Choices included beef brisket, pulled chicken and pork, pork ribs, and sausage links – large and small plates are available with two half portions of two of the meat choices. Four types of BBQ sauces are made on the premises and available for purchase. Nice salad large enough to share is a good choice to go along with the meat(s); sides include potato chips and cole slaw (even cornbread to go along with the honey on the table). This is a BYOB spot – but their soft drinks and iced tea come with free refills. Be prepared to sit on tables or picnic benches – the place is jumpin’ on weekends so be prepared to wait. Takeout is also a big part of their business. Park on Western Avenue and don’t forget to feed the meter.

If you like BBQ – you will love this place. Michael Pollan would be proud of this place (check out his discussion of BBQ methods in the USA in his book “COOKED”).

6954 North Western Avenue

Chicago, IL 60645