Just as the name suggests, the dishes at Smitty’s Grille get their flavor from the flickering flames of the eatery’s grill. Smoky barbecued pork and brisket pile onto Smitty’s signature pulled barbecue sandwiches, while chefs fire beef short ribs over the same flame. Famous for their lasagna, Smitty's also flips burgers—Angus beef, turkey, and veggie—and coats wings in seven tasty marinades, including teriyaki, garlic, and hot sauce.
Cadillac Ranch's menu displays an array of grill-branded steaks, burgers, and sandwiches. Destroy a tower of onion rings ($7.99) in a mighty feat of digestible demolition before selecting from a sandwich parade that includes bread-cushioned portions of pulled pork ($9.99) and Cadillac's philly cheesesteak ($11.99). Burgers are available in a variety of incarnations, including steak form ($9.99), glazed in barbecue sauce ($11.99), or blanketed in a blizzard of blue cheese and bacon ($11.99). Cadillac's entree selection pays homage to the South's most famous barrel roller with Jack Daniels barbecue ribs ($14.99/half rack). The full bar fertilizes empty glasses with nectars such as Cadillac's specialty cocktails ($12) including the Mango Ranch martini, which captures the flavor of a freshly wrangled fruit with mango purée, a sour punch, and mango vodka.
Inside the brick oven at Texas Hold'Em BBQ, meats sizzle alongside whole bell peppers. There's a reason why the latter are called The Grilled Stuffed Bell Peppers Bluff—behind the vegetable exterior and under the blue-cheese crumbles lie hidden helpings of beef or pulled pork. The restaurant's menu carries its poker theme across meals such as the Nachos Two Pair and the All In sandwich, but its classic barbecue dinners have no need for a new name. Guests can order chicken, ribs, sausages, and brisket to pair with traditional sides, including baked beans and corn on the cob. At the bar, a catalog of craft beers from assorted breweries counterbalances saucy bites more refreshingly than iced glasses of more sauce. With TVs spread along the length of the bar and a penchant for private sports parties, Texas Hold'Em BBQ advocates for team spirit in addition to smoky roadhouse dining.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
Jimmy Jax sports saucy and savory lunch and dinner menus that boast a boney bounty of baby-back ribs from the award-winning ribsperts at Michelbob’s ($9.99 half rack, $14.99 full rack), alongside other sauceable, sliceable palate pleasers. Chomp down on a Chicago-style thin-crust or new deep dish pizza loaded with cheeses imported from Italy and Wisconsin ($7.99–$14.99 for thin-crust or $10.99–$18.99 for deep dish) and covered with your choice of tasty toppings ($1.49 each), ranging from Italian sausage and Genoa salami to ethnically ambiguous tomatoes, green peppers, and anchovies. Lunch and dinner plates include comforting mouthfuls of smoked barbecue pulled pork ($7.99) and melt-iculously viscid five-cheese macaroni ($7.99 dinner), and suppertime combos ($11.99) pair the restaurant's signature rib-sticking rib racks with one of six other signature tastes (served with a garlic knot and choice of three sides).
In 1984, Steve Birger needed a name for his new barbecue restaurant when suddenly he found inspiration from a Jim Belushi skit on Saturday Night Live. Although he’s no “Rappin’ Jimmy B,” Stevie B similarly hails from Chicago and infuses Windy City influences into his Southern-style barbecue. At his Weston restaurant—under new management—chefs bake ribs before searing them on a charbroil grill, and shred barbecued beef brisket that can fill a Philly sandwich, moonlight as a delicious toupee, or star on a dinner plate alongside baked potatoes and onion rings. Shoestring fries, creamy coleslaw, and other sides round out each meal.