Meat smokers can stand in for saunas, send messages when email is down, and lend a favorite suit the scent of meat smoke. Sample smoke's tastier functions with today's Groupon: for $28, you get a three-course meal for two at Merle's #1 BBQ in Evanston (up to a $56 value).
Fresh hickory wood burns daily to give this locally owned meatery's barbecue classics their signature smoky flavor. Ring dinner's bell with a first course of the soup of the day or a caesar salad topped with oven-baked croutons. Entrees make their entrée as platters of pulled chicken, North Carolina pulled pork, Texas brisket, or a combination of all three, or as half-slabs of baby-back, St. Louis, or Chicago-style ribs. Any burger or sandwich is also available for three-course eaters. Dinner finishers are rewarded with a fresh dessert that, like the slowest county-fair Ferris wheel ever, changes daily. Reservations are required, so call ahead or show up early to lick your table.
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1727 Benson Ave.
Evanston, Illinois 60201Get Directions