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Roadfood with Misha Collins | Chicago, IL: Episode 4 | Aquarium Style BBQ

Visiting the old neighborhood

Misha heads to his old college hometown of Chicago, IL.  Here he discovers an area that he did not explore when there for college- the South Side of Chicago.  He explores the ins and outs of aquarium style BBQ, which is a style not found anywhere else in the world!  

The iconic restaurant:

The first restaurant they visit is Lem’s BBQ, which is one of the oldest BBQ restaurants in Chicago. He meets up with many of the customers who have come all the way from Michigan to eat the famous BBQ.  Misha orders the small combo from Billy Lemons Jr., a cook at Lem’s BBQ and joins him back in the kitchen to see where the magic happens.  He tries ribs, chicken, hot links and tries to pry the secret sauce out of Billy.  He does not give up the secrets, but he discusses Chicago and the legacy that he hopes to build with his two daughters.  

Empathy and music:

Isaiah Collier is a 23 year old jazz musician, who connects with Misha about the vibrancy of his neighborhood and how he incorporates music in his life. They visit his family home and discuss the idea of empathy.  They talk about music as a universal language that brings people together.  He and his brother play Understanding, a song that he wrote and performs around the Chicago area.

Finding the secret sauce:

Next up, Misha eats at Honey-1 BBQ to get more aquarium style meats and treats.  Robert Adams, the owner of this restaurant demonstrates to Misha how this style of BBQ works. Once again, Misha tries to pry the secret sauce out of Robert.  However, Robert tells him, “it is such a big secret, my wife won’t even tell me what it is!”.

A family business

Finally, they head to family run restaurant Slab BBQ where Tonya and James Trice introduce Misha the place they have put their heart and soul into.  Their restaurant features sides that are made from scratch.  Also, the love they have for their place shows when you taste their incredible food.

Dishes in this episode

Featured Restaurants and People

Slab of ribs ... South Side Chicago
Slab BBQ


All of the different meats in the aquarium style BBQ at Lem's BBQ in Chicago, IL
Lem’s Bar-B-Q


Close view of rib tips ... Chicago barbecue culture
Honey 1 BBQ


Recipes in this Episode

BBQ Chicken Recipe | South Chicago, IL


What do you think of Roadfood with Misha Collins | Chicago, IL?

11 Responses to “Roadfood with Misha Collins | Chicago, IL”

Bill Ahlman

July 21st, 2023

Always listened to Jane and Michael Stern n the radio and now am enjoying Misha Collins’ “new version” n TV. Great!



November 30th, 2022

Love the show. Being born and raised in Chicago this episode was great. Planning on getting down to the south side soon to try some of these gems of BBQ. I wish wttw would not cut the first minute or two of the show. Not sure if it’s the network’s problem or the cable company. Found out that there is an aquarium style smoker somewhere besides Chicago. There is one in Nashville.


Susan Elizabeth Pohlman

June 22nd, 2022

I love this show and the people in this episode where so inspirational, And of course the
food look so good. I would love to go to everyone of those restuaurants.



May 25th, 2022

Loved this episode (as I do all the episodes that I’ve watched), and I found myself empathizing, even before the ‘word’ came up. I love what you’re doing and hope that you’ll do more, and give us more.

Thank you.


Andrea Wojack

January 29th, 2022

Good episode! You have a rapport with your interviewees … hope you are continuing to do this project. And that you can get a wider audience by going to a bigger platform. Btw, I was food editor at The Detroit news in the 80s, and I interviewed the Sterns. Good people! Thanks for continuing their quest for interesting places.


Joyce Anhalt Monahan

January 26th, 2022

Loved it. In the early 60’s I worked for Leo G Davis,who made the aquarium pits at Fulton Metal Products, 43rd street on Chicago’s South side. I remember Leon’s, Harvey and Ceasar Collins and others always bringing in fabulous food when they stopped by. Joyous and unexpected blast from the past!


Christine Madonna

January 22nd, 2022

I am going to watch far I like what I see.


Diane Hall

January 22nd, 2022

Wow! I like anything that pertains to food but now with you hosting well, that’s a double awesome win!!! Although I have yet to watch this but if you’re hosting I will absolutely watch it!


Julie Smith

January 22nd, 2022

Misha’s back, with food! This is classic Misha doing what he does best – talking to people, getting their POV on life, finding beauty everywhere and chowing down on some pretty amazing meals.


Nikki Nolasco

January 21st, 2022

Oh HECK yeah!!!!


LucyLitlerose Montesdeoca

January 21st, 2022

I think it’s Awesome!



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