Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chicago Q

Location: 1160 N Dearborn
Cost: About $25 per person

It may be pretty clear to you guys that there are some recurring "characters" so to speak on JEC. After reading a few of my posts, my friend Ashley realized she's related to one of them, Dr. Keith. It was quickly decided that we needed to grab a meal together and revel in the funny set of circumstances that connected us all. I sent a whole list of places we could try out that fit our criteria (location based and casual). Somehow the three of us ended up at Chicago Q.

Logistics
Chicago Q is kiddie corner to the Viagra Triangle in the Gold Coast. The whole place has a very interesting setup that looks like some nice house. There are a variety of rooms and seating options including a bar in front and two floors of dining room in the back. We made a reservation which was pretty much essential. The restaurant was super loud which made for some tough conversation.

Our server was very efficient, and our water glasses never got past the halfway mark. It was strange how quickly our food came out (like 10 minutes after ordering). The cost is a little up there if you get the ribs. Slabs of those range from $25-35. The waiter was going for the hard sale on the competition style ribs, but for $35 I think it's unreasonable. You can definitely get cheap enough options though because the sandwiches are around $12.

The Food
Each table gets a bowl of sweet and sour pickles and bbq chips. We loved these. I practically filled up on these before any of our other food came out (not that that stopped me in the least).

The Sweet and Sour Pickles

 The BBQ Chips

For the main course Ashley got the Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Dr. Keith got the Smoked Salmon Salad, and I got the St. Louis Ribs. Ashley liked her chicken, and it came with this huge side of coleslaw. The slaw was creamy and had a nice crunch. The salmon salad had roasted beets and candied walnuts. The salmon had a really nice smokey flavor which was balanced well with the sweetness of the other ingredients. Dr. Keith also ordered a side of the Kobe Brisket Baked Beans. The sauce was extra thick and the chunks of brisket were generous. I was pretty impressed with the amount of meat on my ribs. It didn't come off the bone as easily as some places like Twin Anchors, but you didn't have to gnaw too heavily either. They were moderately juicy, and the end pieces had a nice crisp (the center ribs were a bit mushy though). I got the cornbread which came out in this gigantic hunk. It was a little dry but had a nice flavor. One thought around the whole table was that the sauces were lacking. They brought out a plate of sauces including tomato based, spicy, vinegar, and mustard. Both the chicken and ribs came without too much sauce, and we didn't really find any of them that great. I guess I liked the spicy sauce the most.

The Pulled Chicken Sandwich

The Smoked Salmon Salad

The St. Louis Ribs

 The Kobe Brisket Baked Beans

Overall
Chicago Q has some pretty solid food. The table snacks and the ribs stood out to me. It's a bit overpriced, but considering the part of town, it's probably still a good deal. They have some work to do in the sauce department (and I'm one of those guys that basically drinks the sauce). I'm giving them 3.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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2 comments:

  1. We've had both the St. Louis and the competition ribs. Although the competition ribs are probably overpriced, they are dramatically better than the St. Louis ribs (which I didn't really like). They are worth a try, if you get a chance to go back.

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  2. But they're like $35 dollars!!!

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