Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bub City

Location: 435 N Clark
Cost: About $25 per person

For match day Northwestern threw us this big party at the Gino's East on campus. Despite the excess of pizza available to us, many of my friends were too busy celebrating to eat. We continued on from the Gino's party to our friend Mark's apartment before people started to get cranky about their hunger. So Mark, Ryan, Dave, Mike, Kacey Rachel, Stephanie, Leslie, and I trekked a few blocks West to find somewhere to eat. Mark, being from Peoria and all, has one of those southern but not from the south attitudes. I mentioned my general tolerance of country music earlier in the day, and he ran with it. Before I knew it, we were walking into Bub City for some mid day BBQ.

We went on a Friday for lunch which was no logistic issue, but I think it requires a little planning to go on most reasonably busy nights. You can make a reservation, and I strongly suggest it. It's a pretty cool setup with live music on multiple nights of the week. The bar vibe is strong with a sweet beer can American flag on the wall. If you don't like country music, this isn't your place.

Our waiter was very tolerant of our unbearably indecisive group. The food took a while to come out, but the whiskey flights kept us plenty busy. The cost is a little more than it should be for BBQ but becomes more reasonable when you consider that it's in River North. The sandwiches are around $12, and a full slab of ribs is $23. The main BBQ items are a la carte though, meaning you'll have to spend another $3-5 on sides.

The Food
We started off with some Fried Pickles and Chicken Wings. The pickles were smaller and very crispy. They were almost turned into chips with their consistency which I wasn't so fond of. The wings were dry but packed some smoke.

The Fried Pickles

 The Smoked Chicken Wings

For entrees we had the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich, the Grilled Cheese, the Brisket Sandwich, the Hickory Smoked Turkey, and the BBQ chicken. The smoked turkey was one of my favorites. It was moist despite being a wide slice of breast. The pulled pork was mushy and the sauce was too sweet for my liking. I'd make a crack at the stale grilled cheese, but I don't think they should be judged to thoroughly on that. The chicken was great though. I really want to go back and try the friend chicken. It was quite the redemption from the smoked wings.

The Grilled Cheese

 The Pulled Pork Sandwich

Some sides that stood out were the Buffalo Blue Cheese Tater Tots and the Corn off the Cob. The tots were crispy with an unhealthy helping of cheese and sauce. The corn was like an elote with cilantro, lime, and mayo. This is the side I'd go with again.

The Corn off the Cob

 The Blue Cheese and Buffalo Tater Tots

I didn't get the ribs but still feel like I had enough items to pass some judgement. Some of the dishes like the chicken and the turkey were impressive while the pork and brisket let me down. It used to be that Chicago was missing any BBQ semblance, but with a group of heavy hitting restaurants now available, I'm not sure that Bub City holds its own. I'm giving them 2.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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