Smoke Daddy

★★★★☆
Famous Chicago BBQ and Live Music Seven Days a Week!
  • 1804 W Division St 1

    Chicago, IL 60622

    Cross street: Wood Street

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  • 773-772-6656

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I am a huge fan of Smoque but always open to try new places. A friend and I went to Smoke Daddy one night and it was very good. The ribs were very good and the beans were great. Their beans are better then smoques and the best I have had. If you are a bbq fan you shouldn't miss Smoke daddy.

Enjoy

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★★★★★

I am a huge fan of Smoque but always open to try new places. A friend and I went to Smoke Daddy one night and it was very good. The ribs were very good and the beans were great. Their beans are better then smoques and the best I have had. If you are a bbq fan you shouldn't miss Smoke daddy.

Enjoy

Pros: Good ribs and great beans

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whenever I have a taste for good BBQ, this is the place that I go to. It was recommended by everybody who has lived in the area for a while, and I am glad I took their word for it!

5
★★★★★

whenever I have a taste for good BBQ, this is the place that I go to. It was recommended by everybody who has lived in the area for a while, and I am glad I took their word for it!

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Hands down, the best Q in town. Coming from Texas, this is quite a compliment, since the Lone Star is known for the skills in the Q pit. Generous portions and sweet potato fries!! Seriously great place to go for a meal before hitting the bars in the area. They have great local music most nights too. Come early if you want a good seat, as it is small on the inside...you will have a wait if the patio is not open. The carry out is a great option for those lazy nights. AND THEY HAVE LONE STAR BEER!! Awesome.

5
★★★★★

Hands down, the best Q in town. Coming from Texas, this is quite a compliment, since the Lone Star is known for the skills in the Q pit. Generous portions and sweet potato fries!! Seriously great place to go for a meal before hitting the bars in the area. They have great local music most nights too. Come early if you want a good seat, as it is small on the inside...you will have a wait if the patio is not open. The carry out is a great option for those lazy nights. AND THEY HAVE LONE STAR BEER!! Awesome.

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Thanks a lot Smoke Daddy, you delivered mediocre ribs (at best) at a price significantly higher than your website advertises. When I made the delivery phone order, they neglected to give me a price quote but did not forget to add $3 (a 15% increase) to the entree price upon delivery. When I called and inquired the manager basically told me tough luck. Apparently, a new menu was released today but the website had not yet been updated. If the statement "Prices may vary" was anywhere on the website I would have understood. I don't know what the in person Smoke Daddy experience is, but the entire phone order process was just amateur.

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★☆☆☆☆

Thanks a lot Smoke Daddy, you delivered mediocre ribs (at best) at a price significantly higher than your website advertises. When I made the delivery phone order, they neglected to give me a price quote but did not forget to add $3 (a 15% increase) to the entree price upon delivery. When I called and inquired the manager basically told me tough luck. Apparently, a new menu was released today but the website had not yet been updated. If the statement "Prices may vary" was anywhere on the website I would have understood. I don't know what the in person Smoke Daddy experience is, but the entire phone order process was just amateur.

Pros: Decent BBQ sauce

Cons: Terrible phone order customer service

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I used to L-O-V-E this place and I don't care if service isn't great: what do you expect, this is a no frills place, straight forward and genuine as is its food. I just went back: spring is shyly creeping in, and I couldn't wait to sit outside and enjoy my rib tips + blue moon. The waitress was very friendly, nice and helpful. Service was good: we got our food fast and.... cold! We asked to have it re-heated, but still, when we got it back, it was lukewarm. Such a disappointment! Well, I love their ribs, but I love them better when they're steamy: what's wrong with the kitchen??? The place was half empty, they weren't too busy! The only hot thing was... The coleslaw! That tasted delicious, by the way.... Because I'm a fan, I'll give it 3 stars, but really... Smoke Daddy needs to live up to its reputation!

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★★★☆☆

I used to L-O-V-E this place and I don't care if service isn't great: what do you expect, this is a no frills place, straight forward and genuine as is its food. I just went back: spring is shyly creeping in, and I couldn't wait to sit outside and enjoy my rib tips + blue moon. The waitress was very friendly, nice and helpful. Service was good: we got our food fast and.... cold! We asked to have it re-heated, but still, when we got it back, it was lukewarm. Such a disappointment! Well, I love their ribs, but I love them better when they're steamy: what's wrong with the kitchen??? The place was half empty, they weren't too busy! The only hot thing was... The coleslaw! That tasted delicious, by the way.... Because I'm a fan, I'll give it 3 stars, but really... Smoke Daddy needs to live up to its reputation!

Pros: live jazz or blues, lovely atmosphere

Cons: quality of f food

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This is a good spot with free music many nights of the week , an outside patio, and good BBQ. They even have a BBQ veggie burger; not as good as the pulled pork, but it is a good option for veggies.

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★★★★☆

This is a good spot with free music many nights of the week , an outside patio, and good BBQ. They even have a BBQ veggie burger; not as good as the pulled pork, but it is a good option for veggies.

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The Smoke Daddy is delicious. People need to be more understanding that the quality of the food, the service, and the atmosphere is totally dependable on whether or not they are busy. The beef brisket is my favorite! I love the cornbread, the salad, all of it. Sometimes, its a pain to go there, but overall I would have to say its my fav bbq joint in the city.

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★★★★★

The Smoke Daddy is delicious. People need to be more understanding that the quality of the food, the service, and the atmosphere is totally dependable on whether or not they are busy. The beef brisket is my favorite! I love the cornbread, the salad, all of it. Sometimes, its a pain to go there, but overall I would have to say its my fav bbq joint in the city.

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I love ribs and have made it a point to try numerous rib joints throughout Chicago. I would have to say that Smoke Daddy's ribs are by far the worst ribs I've had in this city let alone in my life. I'm not sure if it was because it was carry out (which is still by far no excuse) but the food was awful and would say the only thing edible was the brown paper bag it came in. The ribs were either (A) underdeveloped bone (B) more reminiscent of beef jerky than ribs (C) or cartilage ridden gristle. Also the sweet potatoe fries were cold, the mac and cheese tasted like left over kraft mac and cheese from a week ago, and the cole slaw was hot and tasted of wet shoe. If you ever think of eating here please do your self a favor and pass.

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★☆☆☆☆

I love ribs and have made it a point to try numerous rib joints throughout Chicago. I would have to say that Smoke Daddy's ribs are by far the worst ribs I've had in this city let alone in my life. I'm not sure if it was because it was carry out (which is still by far no excuse) but the food was awful and would say the only thing edible was the brown paper bag it came in. The ribs were either (A) underdeveloped bone (B) more reminiscent of beef jerky than ribs (C) or cartilage ridden gristle. Also the sweet potatoe fries were cold, the mac and cheese tasted like left over kraft mac and cheese from a week ago, and the cole slaw was hot and tasted of wet shoe. If you ever think of eating here please do your self a favor and pass.

Pros: Wish I had one

Cons: Overpriced, aweful food

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When you walk into a restaurant at dinner time and don't see that many people eating there that tells me one thing. It isn't that great! It turned out to be the case with Smoke Daddy. I ordered their specialty baby back ribs which came with 2 sides, so I chose the Mac N Cheese and sweet potato fries. One word that would truly describe it is..Awful. The MNC was lukewarm and I swear to God it was made with that artificial Velveeta (or cheese whiz) cheese, Kraft macaroni and some jalopeno peppers and some other concoction as a topping. I couldn't taste what it was because there was too little of it. Obviously they have never been down South because they don't know what makes a good MNC...take for instance REAL CHEESE and they make their own NOODLES. Down South the MNC just melts in your mouth, however Smoke Daddy's just gives you indigestion! Moving on to side #2, the Sweet Potato Fries were limp and soggy, I'm guessing they had been sitting there for awhile and were reheated to go with the dinner. Definitely not crisp or fresh-tasting like I had been expecting.

Baby Back Ribs were lukewarm and had a mediocre hickory sauce concoction on it. The only saving grace was the ribs were meaty and fell off the bone. In hindsight I should've just ordered the ribs without the sauce on it, at least I would've know they would've been fresh and come out hot.

Lastly, this kind of reminds me a R. Melman (Lettuce Entertain You) place. They start out great, top notch food, excellent service and then once they get established the quality is lowered along with the standards, the crowds start to diminish and it eventually closes.

It's only a matter of time before the gauntlet drops on Smoke Daddy too!

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★☆☆☆☆

When you walk into a restaurant at dinner time and don't see that many people eating there that tells me one thing. It isn't that great! It turned out to be the case with Smoke Daddy. I ordered their specialty baby back ribs which came with 2 sides, so I chose the Mac N Cheese and sweet potato fries. One word that would truly describe it is..Awful. The MNC was lukewarm and I swear to God it was made with that artificial Velveeta (or cheese whiz) cheese, Kraft macaroni and some jalopeno peppers and some other concoction as a topping. I couldn't taste what it was because there was too little of it. Obviously they have never been down South because they don't know what makes a good MNC...take for instance REAL CHEESE and they make their own NOODLES. Down South the MNC just melts in your mouth, however Smoke Daddy's just gives you indigestion! Moving on to side #2, the Sweet Potato Fries were limp and soggy, I'm guessing they had been sitting there for awhile and were reheated to go with the dinner. Definitely not crisp or fresh-tasting like I had been expecting.

Baby Back Ribs were lukewarm and had a mediocre hickory sauce concoction on it. The only saving grace was the ribs were meaty and fell off the bone. In hindsight I should've just ordered the ribs without the sauce on it, at least I would've know they would've been fresh and come out hot.

Lastly, this kind of reminds me a R. Melman (Lettuce Entertain You) place. They start out great, top notch food, excellent service and then once they get established the quality is lowered along with the standards, the crowds start to diminish and it eventually closes.

It's only a matter of time before the gauntlet drops on Smoke Daddy too!

Pros: Parking...which also could be a con because w/ popular places there just isn't any

Cons: Parking...plenty of it

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I wasn't going to write a review. Instead, I thought I'd go right to the source and let the restaurant owners/management know about their issues. Well, I wrote to the e-mail address they have listed on their site, but it bounced back as "mailbox full," so I'll publish it here. BTW, it's no surprise that the e-mail bounced back to me. If they run their e-mail account like they run their restaurant, it's no surprise. Or, perhaps, they have SO many complaints, they can't keep up. Either way, here's a summation of the e-mail I sent them.

Allow me to relate our experience yesterday at Smoke Daddy.

My boyfriend and I saw your establishment featured on Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels, so we thought we would give you a whirl. Big mistake!

Suggestion #1:
Notify diners that they need to seat themselves.

Suggestion #2:
Hire waitstaff with IQ's higher than the food they are serving.

Suggestion #3:
Notify the public about showtimes for your live entertainment.

Suggestion #4:
Limit your waitstaff to one joint a day. Pie-eyed doesn't begin to describe it.

Suggestion #5:
Notify the public about the spiciness of your dishes. I never thought, in a million years, that my cole slaw would be fire-engine hot. Hmm...

Suggestion #6:
Fix things. We felt rushed, our food was cold, the service was lousy, we weren't greeted/acknowledged, and we left swearing never to return.

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★★☆☆☆

I wasn't going to write a review. Instead, I thought I'd go right to the source and let the restaurant owners/management know about their issues. Well, I wrote to the e-mail address they have listed on their site, but it bounced back as "mailbox full," so I'll publish it here. BTW, it's no surprise that the e-mail bounced back to me. If they run their e-mail account like they run their restaurant, it's no surprise. Or, perhaps, they have SO many complaints, they can't keep up. Either way, here's a summation of the e-mail I sent them.

Allow me to relate our experience yesterday at Smoke Daddy.

My boyfriend and I saw your establishment featured on Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels, so we thought we would give you a whirl. Big mistake!

Suggestion #1:
Notify diners that they need to seat themselves.

Suggestion #2:
Hire waitstaff with IQ's higher than the food they are serving.

Suggestion #3:
Notify the public about showtimes for your live entertainment.

Suggestion #4:
Limit your waitstaff to one joint a day. Pie-eyed doesn't begin to describe it.

Suggestion #5:
Notify the public about the spiciness of your dishes. I never thought, in a million years, that my cole slaw would be fire-engine hot. Hmm...

Suggestion #6:
Fix things. We felt rushed, our food was cold, the service was lousy, we weren't greeted/acknowledged, and we left swearing never to return.

Pros: My diet pop was cold

Cons: Horrible service, dirty, cold food, dry over-cooked meat

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We went here on an early Saturday evening. We were seated promptly, as the place wasn't yet busy. Food was generally good BBQ, though I like my ribs a little meatier than what they served us here. The pulled-pork sandwich is tops, as are the sweet-potato fries and the cornbread.

Service was perfectly fine until we got our food, then it fell apart as the restaurant got busier. Still, there were plenty of servers, so waiting 30 minutes to get our plates cleared, then another 15 minutes before asking if we wanted dessert, and then another 10 for our check ...

I can forgive service snafus, though, so I'd definitely go back to Smoke Daddy.

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★★★★☆

We went here on an early Saturday evening. We were seated promptly, as the place wasn't yet busy. Food was generally good BBQ, though I like my ribs a little meatier than what they served us here. The pulled-pork sandwich is tops, as are the sweet-potato fries and the cornbread.

Service was perfectly fine until we got our food, then it fell apart as the restaurant got busier. Still, there were plenty of servers, so waiting 30 minutes to get our plates cleared, then another 15 minutes before asking if we wanted dessert, and then another 10 for our check ...

I can forgive service snafus, though, so I'd definitely go back to Smoke Daddy.

Pros: BBQ, fries, price

Cons: Service was a little slow

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I guess the reason why there are so many mixed reviews is because there bbq is always inconsistent. For example, one time i ordered a small order of rib tips and got way more food than i could handle and they were tasty (i even reminded the waitress that i ordered a small rib tip, and she said that was a small order!). Then i went a week later (yes, i couldn't wait any longer) and ordered the same and got 4-5 really fatty tips that were too overcooked! Friends of mine had had the same experiences. The only BBQ thing they are consistent on is making really bad brisket ( i guess eating good brisket in Texas has spoiled me). If you do go, only go if you like to gamble, but you can always fill up on their tasty cornbread.

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★★★☆☆

I guess the reason why there are so many mixed reviews is because there bbq is always inconsistent. For example, one time i ordered a small order of rib tips and got way more food than i could handle and they were tasty (i even reminded the waitress that i ordered a small rib tip, and she said that was a small order!). Then i went a week later (yes, i couldn't wait any longer) and ordered the same and got 4-5 really fatty tips that were too overcooked! Friends of mine had had the same experiences. The only BBQ thing they are consistent on is making really bad brisket ( i guess eating good brisket in Texas has spoiled me). If you do go, only go if you like to gamble, but you can always fill up on their tasty cornbread.

Pros: Cornbread, Cornbread, Cornbread!

Cons: The quality of the BBQ is too inconsistent

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This place used to be great! Now that Division St. is so upscale, the portion size has changed (4 slices of brisket) in a non-descript bun for $8.50. A half of sandwich used to fill almost anyone up with a 1/2 sandwich to take home. The sweet fries where cut so thin, all they tasted like was greasy skin overly browned. I think when you moved to plates from the basket, something drastically changed.

What happened Smoke Daddy's. You used to be so excellent!

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★★☆☆☆

This place used to be great! Now that Division St. is so upscale, the portion size has changed (4 slices of brisket) in a non-descript bun for $8.50. A half of sandwich used to fill almost anyone up with a 1/2 sandwich to take home. The sweet fries where cut so thin, all they tasted like was greasy skin overly browned. I think when you moved to plates from the basket, something drastically changed.

What happened Smoke Daddy's. You used to be so excellent!

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Add a bit of liquid smoke - molasses and some cheap fatty gristle and call it bbq .. I wont waste my time ever again .. the service was awful by the time I received a menu I could of ordered at a drive thru much faster .. Not on my best list at all ..and its next to the bar I frequent (SHEESH )

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★★☆☆☆

Add a bit of liquid smoke - molasses and some cheap fatty gristle and call it bbq .. I wont waste my time ever again .. the service was awful by the time I received a menu I could of ordered at a drive thru much faster .. Not on my best list at all ..and its next to the bar I frequent (SHEESH )

Cons: food, parking, atmosphere

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I never liked BBQ until I came here. I couldn't put it down! It was way too good. Bring plenty of napkins and don't expect the staff to be there...the place is hoppin'. They also have live music which was good

5
★★★★★

I never liked BBQ until I came here. I couldn't put it down! It was way too good. Bring plenty of napkins and don't expect the staff to be there...the place is hoppin'. They also have live music which was good

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Upon walking in, the walls are filled w/ wonderful pictures of all the Jazz and Blues greats. The air is filled w/ the thick aroma of "down home" Barbecue. Something that can definately be enjoyed w/ a crowd, or that special someone. You can cozy up in a candle lit booth or sit and enjoy w/ a group at a table. The service is fast and friendly. Just enough attention to still be able to enjoy conversation and not have to answer, "how is everything?", with your mouth full. The prices are VERY reasonable, and just wait until you see the portions! After dinner, stay awhile and listen to some live music. A truly great experience. I live in Milwaukee, and travel to Chicago just for The Smoke Daddy.

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★★★★★

Upon walking in, the walls are filled w/ wonderful pictures of all the Jazz and Blues greats. The air is filled w/ the thick aroma of "down home" Barbecue. Something that can definately be enjoyed w/ a crowd, or that special someone. You can cozy up in a candle lit booth or sit and enjoy w/ a group at a table. The service is fast and friendly. Just enough attention to still be able to enjoy conversation and not have to answer, "how is everything?", with your mouth full. The prices are VERY reasonable, and just wait until you see the portions! After dinner, stay awhile and listen to some live music. A truly great experience. I live in Milwaukee, and travel to Chicago just for The Smoke Daddy.

Cons: Parking

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Was expecting alot more for the rating. The ribs were nothing out of the ordinary.

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★☆☆☆☆

Was expecting alot more for the rating. The ribs were nothing out of the ordinary.

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The Smoke Daddy offers excellent Spare Ribs, and a great array of side dishes to compliment the ribs. The music is excellent, although a little loud if you want to talk while you eat! They have an excellent outdoor dining area in the front of the restaurant. The only thing I can recommend is that if you want to eat late, call to make sure they are open for food. We went on a Thursday, at 11:30pm, and found the Kitchen had just closed. Get a bottle of their suace if you can. It is excellent to use at home!!!

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★★★★★

The Smoke Daddy offers excellent Spare Ribs, and a great array of side dishes to compliment the ribs. The music is excellent, although a little loud if you want to talk while you eat! They have an excellent outdoor dining area in the front of the restaurant. The only thing I can recommend is that if you want to eat late, call to make sure they are open for food. We went on a Thursday, at 11:30pm, and found the Kitchen had just closed. Get a bottle of their suace if you can. It is excellent to use at home!!!

Pros: Food, Music, Parking

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I was depressed when I found out Brother Jimmy's, my BBQ mecca was going out of business. I searched high and low for quality BBQ, only to be sadly disappointed every time.
Until now. Smoke Daddy. Wow. Great Value (12 bucks for enough food to fill the largest carnivore), a cool atmosphere (dark, candles, live music), and the best BBQ you'll have in the Windy City.
Sweet Potato Fries are, as the kids say, 'to die for'. Only complaint was that the cornbread and beans could have been better, but the fries and mac and cheese I mooched of my fiancee's plate more than made up for that.
One of the best hidden gems in the city. Do it.

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★★★★★

I was depressed when I found out Brother Jimmy's, my BBQ mecca was going out of business. I searched high and low for quality BBQ, only to be sadly disappointed every time.
Until now. Smoke Daddy. Wow. Great Value (12 bucks for enough food to fill the largest carnivore), a cool atmosphere (dark, candles, live music), and the best BBQ you'll have in the Windy City.
Sweet Potato Fries are, as the kids say, 'to die for'. Only complaint was that the cornbread and beans could have been better, but the fries and mac and cheese I mooched of my fiancee's plate more than made up for that.
One of the best hidden gems in the city. Do it.

Pros: Cheap, Cool atmosphere, Great food

Cons: , baked beans too sweet

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A great place to relax and enjoy a good meal. The new patio is a real plus, and adds to the atmosphere. The neighborhood is not such a dive joint, many nice bars and restaurants are located in the area. I recommend everything on the menu, you can't go wrong with a platter. One requirement.......must love meat! I would not recommend this to vegeterians. Oh yeah, you've gotta try the fries.

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★★★★★

A great place to relax and enjoy a good meal. The new patio is a real plus, and adds to the atmosphere. The neighborhood is not such a dive joint, many nice bars and restaurants are located in the area. I recommend everything on the menu, you can't go wrong with a platter. One requirement.......must love meat! I would not recommend this to vegeterians. Oh yeah, you've gotta try the fries.

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Ribs were lean and meaty. Tender, but not wimpy that they fell off the bone. Fantastic BBQ and hot sauces. Good service. Avoid the "Chicken Dinner" It's just 4 dry breast filets with not much flavor, but that's what you get for ordering chicken when such incredible ribs are an option. The band was entertaining as well.

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★★★★★

Ribs were lean and meaty. Tender, but not wimpy that they fell off the bone. Fantastic BBQ and hot sauces. Good service. Avoid the "Chicken Dinner" It's just 4 dry breast filets with not much flavor, but that's what you get for ordering chicken when such incredible ribs are an option. The band was entertaining as well.

Pros: Ribs, Muisc, Service

Cons: Dry Chicken

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food was great and plentiful. Great underground place to catch little know talented musicians.

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★★★★☆

food was great and plentiful. Great underground place to catch little know talented musicians.

Pros: bands

Cons: strange sauceQ

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Great service, great atmosphere, mostly great food.
We had rib sampler, baby backs, chicken (overcooked and dry, according to one of our party, but she's from NYC, so what the hell does she know!?!), brisket, & pulled pork sandwich.
Sides were great (especially those fries!), but some cornbread and white bread would have been nice, & more authentic. Sweet potato and pecan pies were outstanding.
Best praise: my 12 year old son, who normally eats maybe 6 ounces of food at any meal, ordered and devoured an entire rib sampler on his own.

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★★★★★

Great service, great atmosphere, mostly great food.
We had rib sampler, baby backs, chicken (overcooked and dry, according to one of our party, but she's from NYC, so what the hell does she know!?!), brisket, & pulled pork sandwich.
Sides were great (especially those fries!), but some cornbread and white bread would have been nice, & more authentic. Sweet potato and pecan pies were outstanding.
Best praise: my 12 year old son, who normally eats maybe 6 ounces of food at any meal, ordered and devoured an entire rib sampler on his own.

Pros: service, portions, desserts

Cons: chicken, no white bread, no corn bread

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Photos of blues and jazz greats hang on chipped, seafoam-green walls in this narrow space. The menu is nearly all barbecue, with huge portions at low prices. The barbecue sampler boasts an embarrassing amount of pulled…

 

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