The talented chefs at Chicago Q take pride in presenting the city’s finest mac & cheese. What makes it even more special is that it’s served in generous family-style portions, arriving at your table in a charming cast-iron skillet. It’s worth noting that a single order of this delectable mac & cheese is substantial enough to satisfy a family of four.
The creamy sauce that envelops the corkscrew pasta is a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, creating a luscious, cheese-lovers dream. What sets it apart is the expert seasoning that imparts a delightful smoky-sweet flavor to each bite.
For those looking to elevate their mac & cheese experience, we highly recommend adding the burnt ends. These burnt ends, with their crispy exterior that preserves the juicy interior, serve as an exquisite addition. They not only raise the stakes but also contribute to what we proudly call Chicago’s best mac and cheese.
Why Chicago Q?
Chicago Q is a BBQ establishment unlike any other. This restaurant has been serving healthy and tasty food to customers from the very first day. All of its meals are cooked with the best meats and in-house seasonings. The dining room is furnished in the manner of a Savannah mansion, with exposed brick walls, dark wood furnishings, and a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Since no barbecue dinner would be complete without a great beverage, Chicago Q also provides a selection of bourbons, beers, and wines. A delicious barbecue dinner is best enjoyed at Chicago Q, whether you’re a local or just traveling through.
Starters at Chicago Q
At Chicago Q, the beginning menu is a fantastic way to get your meal off to a terrific start.
The traditional option is the smoked dry-rubbed wings, which are cooked with a mixture of spices to give them a great smokey flavor. To top your wings, you can pick from a range of sauces, like the tangy BBQ sauce or the smoky chipotle sauce.
If you’re in the mood for something out of the ordinary, consider trying our Fried Green Tomatoes. These tomatoes are encased in a crispy, golden batter and served alongside a creamy yet mildly spicy habanero ranch dressing. They offer a delightful combination of textures and flavors.
For an even more distinctive culinary adventure, we recommend the Creole-Fried Alligator. A rarity on most menus, this dish delivers a delectable and tender alligator, fried to a perfect crispiness. It’s accompanied by a flavorful creole remoulade, and the batter is expertly seasoned with the bold and savory tastes of Creole cuisine. It’s a unique and memorable culinary experience you won’t want to miss.
Here’s a detailed description of each starter:
1. Smoked Dry-Rubbed Wings: Our Smoked Dry-Rubbed Wings are a culinary delight. We take the time to smoke these wings for hours over hickory wood, imparting a rich and smoky flavor that you won’t forget. Once they’re perfectly smoked, you get to choose your preferred sauce to toss them in, and they’re served piping hot and irresistibly crispy. These wings are a true flavor sensation.
2. Fried Green Tomatoes: Our Fried Green Tomatoes offer a unique twist on a classic dish. We coat fresh green tomatoes in a light batter and expertly fry them to a perfect golden brown. What makes them truly special is the accompaniment of a creamy habanero ranch dressing that adds a delightful touch of heat, making this appetizer a harmonious blend of crispiness and creaminess with a hint of spiciness.
3. Burnt Ends: Savor the deliciousness of our Burnt Ends, which are the tender and smoky tips of the brisket. We carefully chop and serve them alongside coleslaw, creating a combination of smoky flavor and satisfying textures that’s sure to please your palate.
4. Hush Puppies: Our Hush Puppies are small, savory cornmeal cakes that we fry to a perfect golden brown. These little delights are served with a chipotle aioli dipping sauce, providing a smoky and slightly spicy complement to their mouthwatering flavor and crispy exterior.
5. Homemade Chips: We prepare our Homemade Chips with fresh potatoes and cook them to crispy perfection. To make them even more enjoyable, you get to choose your favorite dipping sauce to accompany these crispy, flavorful chips.
6. Homemade Pickles: Our Homemade Pickles are crafted from fresh cucumbers and a special blend of spices, ensuring a tangy and zesty start to your meal. These pickles offer a delightful burst of flavor to awaken your taste buds.
7. Chili Lime Watermelon Salad: For a refreshing and unique salad experience, indulge in our Chili Lime Watermelon Salad. It features succulent watermelon drizzled with a zesty chili lime dressing, queso fresco for creaminess, and fresh mint to add a burst of freshness and aroma. This salad is a harmonious blend of sweet and tangy flavors that’s perfect for a light start to your dining experience.
Salads are the perfect choice if you love healthy food. Kale, apple, carrot, strawberry, golden raisins, orange, almond, parmesan, and cilantro-sesame dressing are the main ingredients in the robust and tasty kale salad. With corn, black beans, carrot, cucumber, tomato, grilled onion, avocado, cilantro, and honey-lime vinaigrette, the corn and black bean salad is a healthy and light dish. With smoked chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, bleu cheese, and red wine vinaigrette, the Cobb salad is a traditional salad.
Here’s a more detailed description of each salad:
1. Kale Salad: This salad starts with robust kale as its base, and it’s combined with the refreshing sweetness of strawberries, the satisfying crunch of carrots, the contrasting sweet and sour notes of apples, and a touch of golden raisins to add a burst of flavor.
2. Corn and Black Bean Salad: Fresh corn and hearty black beans take the center stage in this salad. They are complemented by the satisfying crunch of carrots and the cooling freshness of cucumbers. To infuse a hint of smokiness, grilled onions are added, and for a creamy and smooth element, avocados are incorporated.
Chicago Q is a unique BBQ restaurant that stands apart from the rest. It offers the perfect setting to relish a delectable BBQ dinner with its award-winning competitive cuisine, a cozy atmosphere, and a staff that’s always ready to assist. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, Chicago Q is sure to provide a satisfying dining experience.