Chicago >Food & Dining > Smoke Daddy
1804 W Division St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062241.903413 -87.672735
Sun-Thurs 11:00am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11:00am-12am
Neighborhoods: Wicker Park, West Side
Wicker Park barbeque, all smoked in-house. Not adventurous, but definitely tasty.
The beast BBQ Beans around – 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.
Live music heats up this dark, divey Wicker Park barbecue spot. – In Short
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 beef, turkey and monster-size ribs. Rib platter options are popular too, and include spare ribs, baby backs or tips. All are of the dry variety and can be doused in sauce. Skinny fries are an addictive side.
Thanks for the price gouging – 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.
fast and...cold? – 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!
I love this place! – 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.
Aweful BBQ- Nominate for WORST BBQ in the city, quite possible WORST BBQ EVER! – 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.
Over-hyped BBQ joint!! – 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!
Horrible Service and Cold Food – 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!
Notify diners that they need to seat themselves.
Hire waitstaff with IQ's higher than the food they are serving.
Notify the public about showtimes for your live entertainment.
Limit your waitstaff to one joint a day. Pie-eyed doesn't begin to describe it.
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...
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.
Overall a good restaurant – 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.
BBQ is not consistent! Just go for their Cornbread! – 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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