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Q-BBQ Opens First Chicago Location Friday

By Serena Dai | February 4, 2014 7:55am
 Q-BBQ is expected to open Friday at 714 W. Diversey Pkwy.
Q-BBQ is expected to open Friday at 714 W. Diversey Pkwy.
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LAKEVIEW — Q-BBQ is finally opening this week, bringing its Michelin-endorsed meat to Chicago for the first time. 

The suburban barbecue restaurant, which earned a spot on Michelin's coveted list of value restaurants two years in a row, is expected to start serving Friday at 714 W. Diversey Pkwy.

Q-BBQ has locations in west suburban La Grange and Naperville. The Michelin guide put the restaurant on its Bib Gourmand list for "good cuisine at a reasonable price" in 2013 and 2014. 

The restaurant serves barbecue in the style of regions across the country, including Texas, the Carolinas and Kansas City. In 2012, Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky highlighted Q-BBQ's Memphis-style chicken wings, which are both smoked and fried, and its Kansas City-style burnt ends, the crispy part of a brisket, calling them "hidden gems."

People have been asking about a Chicago location for a long time, owner Michael LaPidus said. 

"Our answer is that good barbecue is all about patience," he said. "We smoke our brisket for 22 hours, after all."

Lakeview is home to four other Bib Gourmand restaurants and a plethora of other new barbecue restaurants. In the last year and a half, five other barbecue restaurants have opened or plan to open.