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ARH (87) Chicago, Illinois | February 1, 2014| Updated March 1, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
It’s a really good BBQ joint just a little bit away from the Milwaukee/Damen/North intersection. As a bbq joint, I think they’re obliged to play blues music over the speakers, and they do - not too loud, not too quiet. I’ve seen this place get pretty busy, but it never seems hectic or chaotic and I’ve never had to wait too long to be seated. Their selection at first glance is above average, but then you realize that they usually keep uncommon beers on their menu, and they’re constantly rotating bottles and taps - I give ’em extra points for that (although if you find a beer you really really like there, you probably won’t find it there on a second visit). The food is good and fairly priced - I personally think their tri-tip is some of the best brisket I’ve found in the city.
deyholla (349) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 17, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Right near Piece and big star. I was quite surprised by the tap list with a few beers made for the place. Food was quite good (especially the side dishes!) Service was prompt and price was good for Chicago! A nice feel to the place as well.
jrallen34 (450) Chicago, Illinois | October 16, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 7/20
Great location at Damen and Wolcott really close to Piece... Cool atmosphere, if not a touch to dark... The beer selection is really solid, about 15 drafts of local seasonal beers, and a bottle list of about 20 beers, varied styles... The food is bbq, solid stuff but nothing too crazy good, a bit of a limited selection.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | September 12, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Finally had a chance to hit up Lillie’s. Beer selection is decent with 10 rotating selections, nothing particularly shining, but also not particularly generic. Their cocktails are no joke and incredibly strong. The BBQ is pretty fantastic. The ribs are only so-so, but the pulled pork and tri tip are the best in the city. Highly recommend for food and a beer.
nbondi (41) Chicago, Illinois | August 10, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Decent beer list is fouled up by bartender and guy who claims to be owner spouting off incorrect things about beer after beer. Decor is decent, food is pretty good, prices are reasonable. If I go back, I will distance myself from the staff.
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | June 6, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Trendy, but rustic BBQ stop. Decent draft selection with a couple of good regionals as well as a couple greats from CA.
They serve moonshine in three proofs (up to 125 max), but the moonshine is only offered in cocktails which I thought was strange.
The BBQ is just NOT good. Maybe it was bad timing for me, but on my visit everything we tried was improperly cooked --- rubbery BBQ --- They were not following the low and slow principal.
To me this is somewhat of a Failed Slows BBQ clone.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 4, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Finally theres a BBQ joint in town serving decent beer...
This trendy new BBQ spot just opened on the same block as Piece, with a US-focused craft beer list and only a few macros. Inside its a fairly small corner space, the rustic bar seats 15 or so, with maybe 12 tables and an outdoor side patio. There were "butcher shop" touches to the decor, including meathook light fixtures above the bar, and sterile white tile on one side of the room. Two silent flatscreens behind the bar, and country music on the speakers.
Their house beer is an Amber lager from Metropolitan, a tweaked version of Dynamo. They were currently installing a new 10-line draft tower, and preparing to add a few exclusives like "Atom Smasher" an oak-aged Marzen from 2 Bros., Allagash Curieux, and Dark Horse. The bottle list had some solid options, Cane & Ebel, Stone Smoked Porter, and Gumballhead. Some bombers I don’t see often, like Imperial Mad Hatter, Port Hot Rocks, and Avery Reverend. Beer is served in mason jars though, a gimmicky schtick that even Moonshine abandoned awhile back. Save it for the actual moonshine (which they serve), and get some pint glasses!
The BBQ here is Memphis-style, and focuses on smoked tri-tip, pork shoulder, and smoked chicken. BBQ baked beans were excellent, smoky with richness from the pork drippings. Tri-tip was very tender, beefy, and fairly smoky too. With a beer, lunch was around $15.
Service was quick and friendly. The bartender made conversation the whole time, and talked beer for a little bit. He was excited about the expanding draft list, and mentioned they would be rotating a few of them. Overall my experience was positive, and would suggest Lillies as an alternate to Piece if its too crowded there.
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