Chicago >Food & Dining > Lillie's Q Urban Barbeque
1856 W North Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062241.910621 -87.674916
Neighborhoods: Wicker Park, West Side
There's BBQ, but let's focus on the other Southern dishes - shrimp and grits, boiled peanuts, and collard greens will make displaced Southerners feel at home.
One of my favorite BBQ joints - it doesn't hurt that Chef Charlie is super cute and he named the joint after one of his lady family members. Finger licking good sauce as well.
NEVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!! – I'm from out of town and my friend who is from the area took us there on a Saturday night. It was busy, of couse, and was told it was going to be a 45 min wait. So we went to another bar to grab a drink. Then 5 minutes later we got a call that our table was ready. We got a small high top by the window which is only enough room for two people and we had three. Anyway we weren't greeted by a server until about 10 minutes into sitting down. So everything seemed to go smoothly because he took our order and everything but as time went by I noticed people that sat down after us received their food before we did. Well 45 minutes later the server, Chris, comes back to the table and said there was a computer glitch and our order got messed up so we had to place our order again and the funny part is other people were still getting food but he didn't have our order down and we had to tell our order again. And he never apologized for the mistake or the wait but he said he was going to rush the order. Another 15 minutes went by and our food was brought out by a different server and the food was ok. We ordered ribs, pulled pork, green beans, sweet potato fries, mac and cheese and corn bread. The food was warm not hot. It seemed like it was sitting on a hot lamp for a while but we were so hungry we ate the food. The only thing that was super hot was the corn bread but it was dry. The reason it tasted good was beause of the honey butter. By this time the restaurant was much less crowded and our server was no where to be found. We had to ask the hostess to print our check and I asked to see the manager. I was greeted by a tall man about 6'4". Never told me his name but as I was telling him my experience in the restaurant, he had a rebuttle for EVERYTHING instead of listening to what I had to say. When I mentioned that the food was brought out by a different server he had to mention that he this is a type of place that helps one another. I mean I totally understand because I've worked in the industry for several years working as a server, cocktail waitress, cashier to name a few but I told him that my service was horrible and he says well what do you want me to do about it. What kind of Manager says that to a customer!!! I told him I wanted an apology from the server and to get something off the bill. Also the manager dares to throw in the fact that the server had been there since 10 am. Well being in cusotmer serivce you always treat every customer like it's your first. You're getting paid to perform a job. So I'm not sure what the manager was trying to prove. He was very abbrasive and rude. I sat back down and the manager came back with the new check he didn't even apologize to anyone else at my table. The only thing he said was to put our credit cards away because my friends had them out ready to pay the bill. We looked at the bill and he compted the whole bill. Well we only had credit cards so we walked out of the restaurant. I felt like no one deserved a tip because of the HORRIBLE service we received from the server, Chris, and the manager. Plus I didn't ask for him to comp the whole bill, I said something off the bill. As we were driving away, the same manager came out and yelled at us and flicked us off. I mean who does that? I wish I had a picture of him doing that but I'm sure the customers inside got a glimpse of him in action. Horrible experience ever and from the looks of things, it seems like other people agree with me on the service of this place. So please never go to this restaurant otherwise beware of the HORRIBLE and RUDE service!!!
A great new addition, solid BBQ and beer – After picking up Erica at the airport, we drove directly to North Ave. for lunch. Finally I have found a solid and fun BBQ spot to enjoy and recommend. The vibe is part old-school southern, part funky hipster. It fits in perfectly with the surroundings and the local crowd. I liked the decor of creative benches, white tile wall, and wooden tables displaying the five types of sauce.Water and beer (a nice beer list too) are served in mason jars, and your napkin is the now fashionable white cloth. Everything works together for the urban barbecue style Lillie's presents.
My last BBQ experience was critical for not serving killer sauce. Lillie's does not disappoint and gives you plenty of choices of high quality sauces (also available for sale: smart move). Erica and I both ordered pull pork sandwiches with sweet potato fries. The value is solid, getting a lot of meat and fries for $8.50 (sandwich is $7, split single order fries $3). I was surprised by the delicious bun, but I suspect the secret is butter, lots of butter. I love tomato based BBQ with a kick and the Hot Smoky qualifies with flying colors. When I needed a break I went with regular smoky. After smothering my fries and pork with the sauce every bite was guaranteed to be tasty. The fries were crispy and well seasoned. My only complaint with my sandwich is that the meat was very fatty. I know most purists love the fat, especially with BBQ, but it was a bit much for me. The non-fatty bits, combined with the buttery delicious bread, topped with Hot Smoky were fantastic.
Lillie's Q does urban BBQ as promised. I enjoy the feel of the place, the great sauce and solid beer list. I look forward to checking out the ribs in the future, and now I have somewhere other than Smoque BBQ to recommend. Wicker Park is a better place with solid BBQ.
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Citysearch Editorial Review – “Urban Barbeque” is an improbable concept, but that’s how this airy Bucktown joint unapologetically bills itself. With white-washed brick walls, hanging mirrors, flatscreens and--gasp!--proper table settings of the non-plastic variety, the chic space could pass for a sports bar. But further inspection reveals rustic touches, like reclaimed meat-hook lights from a Georgia plant that complement the down-home Southern grub. There’s the requisite “Q”--highlighted by Memphis in May award-winning pork shoulder–and “Non-Q” delights like Low Country boil, a mélange of sweet, tiny blue crabs, jumbo shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn in a flavorful broth.
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