Barbecue meats are often smoked over special wood, lending them complex flavors such as fruity essence of cherry or the extreme preparedness of #2 pencils. Put taste buds to the test with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of barbecue and drinks at Blues Bar in Mount Prospect.
From inside Blues Bar's bilevel eatery, guests sample from a generous menu of smoked barbecue, burgers, and sandwiches and enjoy more than 70 craft beers, 10 LCD TVs, and live music on the weekends. All barbecue meats start off with a house-blended dry rub before being smoked over hickory, applewood, or poker chips and slathered in zesty sauces. Diners can choose from bourbon barbecue's cayenne flavors, the maple-infused sweet and sticky, or apple Guinness to finish half slabs of baby back ribs ($13.50) or sliced-brisket platters ($13). Guests tip their hats to sandwiches such as the blackened flounder ($7.50), which tops an onion roll with spinach and mango salsa, or introduce clean white shirts to the rich flavors of barbecue-pulled-pork sandwiches ($8). A half pound of Black Angus beef highlights seven styles of burgers, including the Blues burger ($9) served atop a toasted knot roll, and the black-bean burger ($8) replaces meat with a seasoned black-bean patty, avocado, pepper jack, and a chipotle mayo ($8).
The restaurant's décor sets the stage for weekend revelry with exposed-brick walls, colorful murals of blues performers, a 16' x 9' screen boasting sports action, and a main stage set beneath a full-size police car plastered in parking tickets. Guests can partake in weekly team-trivia events or tap toes to live rock and blues on Fridays and Saturdays and pick from a massive list of craft beers such as Stone Ruination IPA ($7.50) or Gumballhead ($5.50).
When paired with blues chords, the smell of barbecue sauce transcends the normal sensory experience. Housemade dry rubs and sauces sink into smoked brisket, turkey, pulled pork, baby back ribs as the meat smokes slowly over a mix of hickory and applewood chips. Blues Bar masters this ethereal combination of soulful sounds and soul food, coupling weekends of live music with saucy ribs and sides of honey-chipotle corn bread and homemade fries. Inside the lofted dining room, tables look down onto the bar and its 24 HDTV screens that play live sporting events. Also you can find well over 75 plus craft bottled beers and 20 continually rotated draft craft beers. The blues joint’s decor pays tongue-in-cheek tribute to Chicago icons the Blues Brothers with a larger-than-life mural of the smart-suited duo and a full-sized vintage squad car in which John Belushi’s hat was once arrested for armed robbery.