BBQ at Lillie’s Q

Thanks to the rain — and the World Cup on TV — I didn’t actually make it out to have lunch on a cruise ship this weekend, as I had originally planned.  Bummer, since that was going to be the content for this next post, but alas life moves on…  Since it’s Independence Day weekend, I think I’ll blog about something BBQ-y, perhaps another one of my culinary adventures in Chicago.  Lille’s Q* it is.

061514_lilliesq_menuLillie’s Q is an American Southern Comfort BBQ restaurant in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.  It first opened it’s doors to the public in 2010 and is known for its award-winning BBQ sauces and smoked meats.  (Oh, and another cool thing about the restaurant is that they pour you water in small mason jars.)  When I used to live in Chicago, my friends and co-workers told me it was a must-visit, but unfortunately I left town before giving it a try, so thought I’d stop by this time around for lunch. Continue reading

Summer’s Here… Time for BBQ!

062714_cc_bbqMy company hosted a BBQ during lunch today and I was super excited to partake in all the smoky/grilled/what-have-you goodness!  #freefood  The spread for this afternoon included slow-cooked BBQ ribs, grilled BBQ chicken, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, mac & cheese, french fries, and brownies.

I was pleasantly surprised by the tastiness of the food I piled high onto my plate.  Overall rating, fine, which is pretty good in my book!  The only thing I definitely wouldn’t eat again was the hot dog (below average, bordering on no).  Way too salty, even sans condiments!  The mac & cheese (okay) didn’t have much flavor and was a tad bit dry, but it was bearable I suppose.

New discovery today… baked beans as an alternative to ketchup on french fries is delicious!  Everyone should give it a try.

What are your favorite summer foods?