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Chicago q

1160 N. Dearborn St. (Division St.) Send to Phone
312-642-1160 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Renowned pit mistress Lee Ann Whippen’s Gold Coast digs prove barbecue has officially gone glam.
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: Valet parking, dark wood, leather booths and dim lighting impart a decidedly Southern glitz at this buzzing spot. It’s enough to scare off any ’cue purist --- until the feast arrives. This is where Lee Ann Whippen --- a Virginia transplant and a fixture on the competitive barbecue scene since the ’90s --- merges upscale with down-home. Starters, like fluffy bacon-cheddar hush puppies and lemony grilled shrimp with polenta, are a tasty means of stomach-stretching before the main event. Heck, there’s even a barbecue flight with Kobe brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken as a kick-off to meals. Following suit, meaty main courses are pumped full of flavor, from two mammoth smokers, which enlist five varieties of wood. Get the ribs (available in St. Louis-style tipless or baby-back varietals). Kobe beef brisket and pulled pork arrive sauce-less, allowing you to bask in their smoky glory. Conclude on a sweet note with a nutty wedge of Derby pie. Whiskey-centric cocktails dominate on the drinks side of things, and the mint julep is not to be missed.

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