From the July 14th Chicago Tribune "Why barbecue went boom!" by Kevin Pang.
Next time in Chicago, if you can afford the parking, you'll have plenty of choices for that thing we all love, BBQ. In a two-week span last summer SEVEN bbq joints opened from Gary to the Gold Coast.
There are essentially three camps defining 'cue in Chicago.
** The entrepreneurs who make pork ribs accessible to the masses (Twin Anchors, Robinson's #1 and Carson's).
** Black-owned takeouts on the South Side like Lem's, Leon's and Barbara Ann's.
** A new group in the city and suburbs with each place melding regional styles from Memphis to North Carolina (my personal favorite, but I have never met a 'cue I didn't like).
One newer place, Smoque's (a great name for a bbq place, by the way) got so popular that it was featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with the guy who probably has the "bestest" job in the world.
Getting Hungry Just Typing This. --RoadDog