Smoque

Review by: Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

Smoque’s devoted clientele come to eat scrupulously created replicas of barbecue from around the United States: St. Louis ribs, Chicago baby backs, Texas sausage, southern-style pulled pork, and even, on occasion, smoked salmon.

Directions & Hours

11am - 9pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

What To Eat

Sliced Brisket Sandwich w/slaw & 1 side

DISH
Cole Slaw

DISH
Macaroni & Cheese

DISH
St. Louis Ribs Full Slab w/slaw & 2 sides

DISH
BBQ Beans

DISH
Fresh Cut Fries

DISH
Chopped Brisket

DISH
Pulled Pork

DISH
Brisket Chili

DISH
Texas Sausage

DISH
Smoked Sausage

DISH

Smoque Recipes

Discuss

What do you think of Smoque?

2 Responses to “Smoque”

Rocky Enfield

June 4th, 2014

The family and I went to Smoque BBQ during a day trip to Chicago. What a great place to stop. We arrived minutes before the 11am opening and were the sixth group in line. Within minutes the line stretched out the door.

We ordered and then waited at a table on their patio as it was a beautiful May Saturday and that definitely added to the experience. The service was quick and friendly. My three children and wife all had pulled pork sandwiches with Smoque’s super fresh cut fries.

I built a sampler platter by ordering the sliced brisket platter with an ala carte of a 1/4 St Louis ribs, and a Texas sausage. It also included the cole slaw (wheich was tremendous), world class mac & cheese and the brisket chili (it was good). While it was all stellar my favorite was the ribs. Meaty, flavorful, great bark and the perfect chew.

If you’re in Chicago and in the mood for Q, run to Smoque. You won’t regret it!

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David Sanders

April 30th, 2014

I have been to Smoque probably about a dozen or more times. It is by far my favorite barbecue restaurant in the Chicago area, and one of my favorites anywhere. Every aspect of the food has been great every single time I have been there. I love the ribs, both the baby backs and the St. Louis. The last couple of times I have gotten the St. Louis, because they have been meatier. The ribs have a very smokey flavor, and they give a good resistance when eating. No fall off the bone here! They have two sauces, one for the ribs which is thicker and richer, with more substance, and one for the pulled pork and chopped brisket, which is thinner, tangier, and I assume has more vinegar. Both are wonderful and great to dip your fries in. The pulled pork also has a great smoky flavor and a wonderful texture to the meat. The chopped brisket is heavenly.

The restaurant gives the option of getting a “taste of” a number of different meats, including the St. Louis ribs, the pulled pork, the chopped or sliced brisket, and the sausage. I haven’t had the sausage yet, because I’m not a big sausage eater. You get a smaller portion for a reduced price. I often get a pulled pork sandwich, with a taste of chopped brisket and a taste of St. Louis ribs. I generally get the wonderful hand-cut fries and sometimes I’ll get an additional order of coleslaw (coleslaw comes with the meals). I’ve had the mac and cheese which is very creamy, with a nice crisp top, and that peach cobbler which is also very good.

It’s a small restaurant and there is often a wait. Seating is at long tables and can be a bit crowded, but the food is well worth it.

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