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3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641-3197 (Northwest Side)
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Ranked #9 of 8,390 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Neighborhood: Northwest Side
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

No reservations so had to wait about 20 minutes to put in the order and then got a seat and the food came about 10 minutes later. It is BYOB which is good as long as you know. The Baby back ribs and sauce was nice and tangy. The fresh cut fries were very nice. The coleslaw is vinegar based,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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567 reviews 567 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

When I saw that Smoque BBQ is rated as the No. 13 restaurant in Chicago by TripAdvisor, I blinked my eyes and took another look. No mistake. No. 13 restaurant in Chicago. Not the No. 13 barbecue restaurant, the No. 13 restaurant of all types and sizes and flavors. In a city that boasts an ever-growing list of outstanding barbecue... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Best bbq in chicago, hands down! They are one of my husband's accounts at his job and the first time he took me here, I fell in love! The bbq sauce is delicious, the brisket is phenomenal. We've tried other chicago bbq joints, but we only come to smoque!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The BBQ was good, but off the beaten path and limited seating so if you plan to go and dine in, get there early or during the week when its slow....

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Sterling, VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This place has to have some of the best brisket Ive ever had. Its a bit small and there is a line for dinner most of the time so get there early for dinner. But the brisket..it was so buttery, so tender it was impossible to pick it up with a fork. You have to scoop it up..and it just... More 

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Chicago, IL
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A simple premise, very well executed - we are particularly fans of the brisket. The food is consistent and tasty. The ribs are great, though not quite on a par with the brisket and pulled pork, which I regularly go out of my way for... They also have catering solutions: we used them for a family event, and we're very... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Heard so much about this place so when in Chicago I e mailed them and asked if I could get a reservation for 6:30 PM. Quickly got an e mail back from Barry, one of the partners, explaining that although they did not make reservations we could be assurred that even if there was a 20-40 minute wait they would... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

OK, I'd heard Smoque to be a very good BBQ restaurant, 'very good' is an understatement! I've enjoyed BBQ across the US and Smoque hits it right on all cylinders - with a V-12! A dear friend and I stopped into Smoque on Friday shortly after 11 a.m. {when they open}, we decided to split a brisket sandwich and a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We came here after hearing that this place has received a lot of awards and featured in some tv shows on the Food Network. The line was crazy long and the restaurant was crazy busy! I don't know if we would do it again due to the crowds and wait times (50 min waiting in line to order). The ribs... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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122 reviews 122 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The best brisket I have ever eaten!!! Easy walk from the Blue line, even with our luggage! We got there about 11:00 am on a Sunday and it got busy fast. Our food came out fast. As I said earlier best brisket ever!! I really liked the fries. My partner had the ribs and she quite enjoyed them.

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Additional Information about Smoque BBQ

Address: 3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641-3197
Phone Number: 773-545-7427
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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