City Billiards

Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Pool Hall | Tavern
Worth a detour

City Billiards says that the recipe it uses to make chili for chili dogs is 50 years old. It is a good one that deserves longevity. The dog itself is a pink little pup without much character, but as chili dog aficionados know, that’s often exactly right as the foundation for a transcendent frankfurter. An excellent artisan sausage, even a top-notch, all-beef frank like you expect in Chicago, could upset the balance and detract from the chili. At City Billiards, the wiener exists more for harmony than melody: an oinky home for a thick application of chili that is dense and meaty, teetering deliciously between sweet and spicy. In concert with grated cheese and/or cole slaw, you’ve got an A-1 true-South hot dog.

The main culinary attraction at City Billiards is not the chili dog, but the cheeseburger, which is, according to the sign outside, “the best cheeseburger you’ll ever eat.” I don’t necessarily agree with that assertion, but this is one heck of a fine burger, a half-pound of ground short rib and chuck, pattied thick and beautifully grilled, its velvety insides ready to drip juice at first bite. If you order one, you will be asked how you want it dressed. “What’s normal here?” I inquire, and receive mine with mayonnaise, mustard, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, and raw onions. It is a handsome and delicious package.

A wonderful array of specialty burgers includes a Southern Stack (with a fried green tomato, gouda cheese, and caramelized onions), a Caribbean (with ghost pepper cheese and a jolt of jerk seasoning), a Southern BBQ burger, and a Kitchen Sink burger with the works. A Knife & Fork Burger comes freighted with French fries and vividly woodsy mushroom pan gravy.

City Billiards, which really does have a couple of six-pocket tables at the back of the dining room, offers a broad bar menu of sandwiches, salads, and wings with and without bones. Among locals, it is a spot for lunch and casual supper. Despite the tavern-like mise-en-scene, families feel right at home.

What to Eat
City Billiards, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger with a full complement of condiments
City Billiards, Chili Cheese Fries
Chili Cheese Fries
Good chili and crisp-fried potatoes make City Billiards' chili cheese fries a welcome side dish.
City Billiards, Jalapeno Cheeseburger
Jalapeno Cheeseburger
Jalapeno cheeseburger is piled high enough to challenge the biggest mouth.
City Billiards, Chili Slaw Dog
Chili Slaw Dog
Dixie dogs sport chili, slaw, and cheese
City Billiards, Caribbean Burger
Caribbean Burger
Ghost pepper cheese and jerk seasoning give the Caribbean Burger potent punch.
City Billiards, French Onion Burger
French Onion Burger
French onion burger includes both caramelized and crisp-fried onions.
City Billiards, Southern Stack
Southern Stack
Fried green tomato + gouda cheese + caramelized onions = Southern Stack Burger
City Billiards, Pub Chips
Pub Chips
Pub chips scrumptiously balance crisp and tender.
City Billiards, Knife & Fork Burger
Knife & Fork Burger
Woodsy mushroom sauce smothers Knife and Fork Burger.
City Billiards, Bologna Sandwich
Bologna Sandwich
Blackboard special fried thick bologna sandwich
City Billiards, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
Chili is thick and beefy, slightly sweet, slightly spicy.
City Billiards, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Crunch-crusted onion rings
City Billiards, Bourbon Mushroom Swiss Burger
Bourbon Mushroom Swiss Burger
Caramelized onions and bourbon give the mushroom Swiss burger unique personality.
City Billiards, Southern BBQ Burger
Southern BBQ Burger
Southern BBQ burger adds sauce, pulled pork, bacon and fried green tomatoes.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday10am - 5pm
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 5pm
Saturday10am - 5pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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