Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


Chicago q

1160 N. Dearborn St. (Division St.) Send to Phone
Renowned pit mistress Lee Ann Whippen’s Gold Coast digs prove barbecue has officially gone glam.


Cuisine

Open
Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.
Features

* Click here for rating key



Chicago q, Chicago, IL


Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.


Chicago q Restaurant Review

: 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.





Best Prestige Champagnes
CHOCOLATES FOR LOVE

How about these heart-shaped chocolates for your Valentine? See ENJOY 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER with GAYOT's exclusive promo code.








Non-vintage Champagne reflects the signature style of the Champagne house. See GAYOT's list.