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Smoque BBQ

#21 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Northwest Side
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3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641-3197
773-545-7427
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout

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  • 43
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic meat, forgettable sides

The BBQ itself was great. Melting meat with wonderful flavour. The sides were a bit forgettable. Not bad in any way but just not up to the standard of the meat which is a pity. I had the slaw, the mac and cheese (no flavour at all) and the beans. Beans were the best of the sides, mac and cheese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
JFranziska
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Hannover, Germany
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Hannover, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The BBQ itself was great. Melting meat with wonderful flavour. The sides were a bit forgettable. Not bad in any way but just not up to the standard of the meat which is a pity. I had the slaw, the mac and cheese (no flavour at all) and the beans. Beans were the best of the sides, mac and cheese... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

BBQ barely gets any better than Smoque. The BBQ is great and the sides sublime. Small place with few tables so expect a wait of you go at prime time. Stay, it's worth waiting for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My son and husband say this is a must if in Chicago. They both had brisket sandwiches and said they were great. I had Mac n cheese. It was good not the best ever but good. The pecan bread pudding wed also very tasty but beware it is very rich. Fries and coleslaw were also tasty. I'd def recommend. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A couple of friends have been raving about Smoque but I thought they were exaggerating. Not so! Getting there involved a 20 minute drive up the clogged Kennedy Expressway....this had better be worth it, I thought. It was. We were a party of five, coming from different parts of the city. I found street parking 3 blocks away in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Smoque is considered one of the best BBQ restaurants in Chicago, year in and year out, so I was looking forward to having dinner there. It's a bit out of the way for tourists, but very close to the Irving Road stop on the blue line. Just 2 or 3 minutes from the station, actually, so there's no reason for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Although a little out of the way for tourists to visit Smoque BBQ was by far one of the best bbq places I have ever been to! I got the Brisket Sandwich with chips and extra pulled pork on the side, staff were friendly and all of the food was absolutely delicious. When we got there, it actually had a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Best of everything. Don't be surprised if the line is out the door. Place your order and the staff will find you a table. Basically seating is all together at long tables, but no one seems to mind. Get to know all different people. Great ribs, great chicken, great brisket, great slaw, great baked beans. Just all over great.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have visited Smoque before when in town, and decided to revisit on this trip. There were 6 of us, we were lucky to beat the main crowd, so found parking easily on the side street, as well as seating inside. We had an assortment of chicken, ribs, barbeque, with a variety of sides. Liked the coleslaw a lot, the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Smoque BBQ is just as the name implies, a deep smokey flavored BBQ. Smoque's does a dry rub on the meat that is reminiscent of Old School BBQ of my past. Memphis, KC or St Louis style for me is somewhat confusing, all I know is I normally get wet BBQ guy but this was a tasty change because they... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

There are so many positives it's easier for me to explain why it's not 5 stars. Not a place to go with people out for dinner. Picnic benches, very casual. I usually take it to go and heat it on bbq or oven. Really good bbq, and that's being very picky

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641-3197
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: 773-545-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
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

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