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What You'll Get
We promise our Friday deal will NOT fill up your rib cage with stomachs. Conversely, however, it will fill up your stomach with ribs. For just $10 you get a $25 voucher to Smoke Shack, featuring a variety of different regional BBQ styles - from West Texan to Argentine (chorizo!) to Chicagoan. Oh yes.
Smoke Shack cooks its meats low and slow, using a combination of savory woods. All sides are freshly made and lusciously compliment your brisket, burger or baby back rib entree. The 1,600-pound smoker runs all day, slow-cooking briskets for 16-18 hours until they're perfect. If you're checking the Smoke Shack's menu at work, try not to drool all over yourself when you read about the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Viking Beef Short Ribs and Whole Smoked Chicken. BYOB, or order for carry-out and wolf down your ribs in your wine cellar, basement beer fridge, underground absinthe lair, or whatever subterranean room you like to drink in while devouring ribs.
Smoke Shack is located right near the DePaul University campus at 800 W. Altgeld St., and is open until 5am Fri-Sun and 3am Mon-Thurs. For all you DePaul carnivores, this Groupon's your ticket to a late-night rib-eating binge that will either energize you for further study or put you into a BBQ coma, depending on how much High Life is involved. Either way, you win: Research shows that rib-enhanced study is much more effective than Mozart-enhanced study.
Unlike Smoke Shaq - the mid-1990s flop starring Shaquille O'Neal as a crime-fighting wizard who used puffs of smoke to surprise and escape from criminals - the Smoke Shack has great customer service, as this Metromix review points out. Smoke Shack also earned 4.5 out of 5 possible stars on Menu Pages, including these customer endorsements:
- "Plenty of food portions for the price - very flavorful, filling burgers, gyros and fries/onion rings - my neighborhood fail-safe." - Jack
- "Damn, this place has got it goin on. The babybacks were crispy and tender all in one, the texas chipotle sauce is good on everything. I like that the kitchen is open so you can talk to the guys when they get your food. Its tite!" - Terry Frumktown
Well put, Mr. Frumktown!
The secret to delicious ribs lies in evolutionary science. Unlike our lungs, our stomachs no longer require the protection of bones. Many decades ago, humans evolved to shed the third rib cage that once surrounded the belly. The brutal irony is this: our stomachs still require ribs - not on the outside, but on the inside. When we eat ribs, our stomachs generate feelings of satisfaction that are unparalleled by other sources of nourishment. This is caused by physiological memory - the stomach emits sympathetic comfort vibrations, also known as "vestigial nostalgia." Because these feelings are trapped in our recessive genes, our bodies associate specific sensations with experiences that were common to our ancestors.
Furthermore, between 400-450AD all of the dinosaurs were dying off, and humans suddenly had plenty of delicious dinosaur ribs to eat. That this food was attainable for free made everyone even happier. Today, eating ribs stirs up chromosomal memories, triggering those feelings of satisfaction our ancestors felt after stuffing their bellies full of free dinosaur meat (which, after ribs, is the second-most delicious meat). Therefore, ribs - particularly Smoke Shack ribs - are not an "acquired" taste but an instinctual one.
To support our science, Groupon gives you this indisputable evidence:
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. 1 per person per visit. Dine-in or carry out only. BYOB. Closed Monday. Sun, Tues, Wed open 11am-9pm. Thurs 11am-2am. Fri-Sat 11am-4am. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.