It was love at first bite at Chicago Q, my friends. From the complimentary bread and butter pickles and house made chips to the delicious cornbread, Chicago Q did not disappoint.
Before I really get into the delicious details, I must say, Chicago Q had some of the best hospitality around. Our server, Mike, was great at recommending and describing items off the menu and provided such great assistance throughout our meal. He noted that all rubs are made in-house and that their brisket is made in their wood burning smoker to get their tasty tenderness! Mary Catherine, the manager, welcomed us with warm greetings and was quick to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Overall, the service and ambiance was fantastic!
We started off our meal with the House Bacon Cheddar Hush Puppies which were to-die-for! Definitely a must-have on the menu!
For my meal, I opted for the Pulled Chicken Sandwich on pretzel bread (yum) with a side of cornbread (perfect combo). With every BBQ meal, they serve four house-made sauces shown below: Original Mild, Spicy, Eastern North Carolina Vinegar, and South Carolina Mustard Sauce.
For the record: my favorites were their Original Mild and South Carolina Mustard Sauce, but you have to try them to get the true Chicago Q experience!
Mike let us in on a little secret when we asked about their “Competition” Baby Back Full Slab on the menu. The “Competition” slab is Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen’s secret rub that she uses on the road and during competitions. I am definitely trying those next time.
As if our stomaches could handle anything more satisfying, Mike brought out their Strawberry-infused cheesecake for dessert. The cheesecake was perfect with strawberry sauce and graham crackers complimenting every bite we took!
A huge thank you to the staff, management, and delicious BBQ! I will definitely be back for more!