Meat your match
What 3 new barbecue spots do -- and don't -- have in common
By Lisa Arnett
@redeyeeatdrink | RedEye
As if on a mission to save us from the deep freeze, three new barbecue restaurants have fired up their smokers this winter. They're all stocked with enough coleslaw and spicy sauce to make you feel like you're on a summer picnic—and none are 100 percent loyal to any one particular regional style.
Ravenswood Q (1800 W. Irving Park Road 773-472-1800) dubs itself a Texas-style barbecue joint with influences ranging from St. Louis to the Carolinas. Q-BBQ (714 W. Diversey Parkway 773-281-7800) in Lakeview, the first city location of a successful suburban restaurant with locations in LaGrange and Naperville, dabbles in everything from Carolina-style pulled pork to Memphis-style baby back ribs. Green Street Smoked Meats (112 N. Green St. 312-754-0431), the latest hangout from Brendan Sodikoff's Hogsalt (Gilt Bar, Maude's Liquor Bar, Au Cheval and more), would rather not be boxed in. "I'm from Texas, so personally, I lean toward that kind of stuff, [but] I definitely don't want to put any kind of boundaries on what we're going to do," said culinary director Jason Vaughan. “Honestly, I might want to do Korean-style pork shoulder one day, or Chinese-style barbecue rib. ... I think what's good is good and we're just going to try to do the best that we can."
We all three to the Venn diagram test to see what they do -- and don't -- have in common.
Reporters visit restaurants unannounced and meals are paid for by RedEye.
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