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Smoque BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
Northwest Side
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3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641-3197
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As weekend tourists and when we were staying in downtown/loop, we kind of doubt at first riding the train to come and eat here (when we could eat somewhere in the loop). However, we are really happy we came! It is very much worth it! We tried the ribs, the pulled pork and the brisket. We recommend you do the... More 

Thank nlir
Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm from the South so we have an idea of how BBQ should be done. As for the brisket it was some of the best I've had. A little crusty, plenty juicy and seasoned very well. Not too impressed with the baked beans. A little different spin on the slaw and I liked it - simple but tasty with a... More 

Thank braxton w
fairbury, il
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been trying to try as many bbq joints as possible in Chicago, but there's no need. This place is hands down the best. I've tried everything, St. Louis style ribs(the best), baby back ribs, brisket(chopped and sliced), sausage and chicken. And the sides? Awesome. Beans(chopped brisket added), mac & cheese, brisket chili(wow!) cornbread. Everything is the best.

1 Thank bahler
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Smoque for the first time and we weren't disappointed after a friend recommendation. The food is amazing and the staff is super friendly and helpful. We got the brisket and the ribs, also had fries, mac and cheese and coleslaw salad, and all, absolutlely all was deliciuos. I like the atmosphere there and the way we were... More 

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Skokie, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Y'know, everyone has different tastes and ideas as to what constitutes good BBQ. For me, Smoque is on top of the heap with the best St. Louis ribs I've found in Chicagoland. Not everyone who has accompanied me to Smoque would agree, though. Here's my take: Their ribs are very meaty and tender, with a bit of char on the... More 

1 Thank FoodFight101
Zion, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a nice day in the high 70's when my wife and I where here so we decided to eat out side , the service was really fast and friendly, very good mix of people coming and going, now about the food ...the brisket ! it was excellent , very enjoyable and you have to get a side of... More 

1 Thank Stanley F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not too smoky, no bad attitudes, no lightheaded staff, just good bbq and great bbq sauces! Try all and then you will find your fav. Low key not fancy joint.

1 Thank Timmullenmorse
Des Plaines, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once you come to this place, you will be hooked. Everything is great, from the ribs to the bbq beans, you can't miss. The brisket is to die for, when you try this, you will take one home with you. A little hard to find, so set your GPS for 3800 N. Pulaski. Then make it a favorite place.

Thank dicksayad
Lviv, Ukraine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

absolutely best ribs I've ever tried. The place is wonderful, very authentic with great staff. But it's all about the ribs. My wife was pregnant at the time of visit and didn't eat meat at all but when my portion of ribs was put on the table she ate it all out! Now that was something! Definitely go there for... More 

Thank travelitall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great brisket , pulled pork, beans, fries and slaw. Very happy and 3mins walk from the blue line , awesome!

Thank jason b

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?