Piggyback Tavern
Piggyback Tavern

Piggyback Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.piggybacktavern.com/
  • Phone: 7086699744
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast/Brunch:Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Jason Kurosaki
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a truly unique experience--your group will have its own lounge, private bar, and private restrooms for your special event. From cocktail receptions with passed appetizers to buffets, let us partner with you to create a food and drink menu to make your event everything you want!
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8886115240

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison St.
  • Public Transit: CTA BLUE LINE to Harlem. Walk north 3 blocks. Turn left at Madison St. Walk west 3 blocks to Circle Ave. We are on east side of Circle Ave. 1 door south of Madison.
    CTA GREEN LINE & METRA to Harlem/Marion. Walk south 6 blocks down Harlem to Madison St. Walk west 3 blocks to Circle Ave. We are on east side of Circle Ave 1 door south of Madison.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street parking, metered spots, and public lots
A word from Piggyback Tavern
Piggyback Tavern, located in Downtown Forest Park just 9 miles west of the Chicago Loop, is all about bbq & beer ... tacos & tequila. ABC Channel 7"s "Hungry Hound" Steve Dolinsky featured us on his TV show and recommends Piggyback.

Our Q is dry-rubbed and smoked fresh every day over hickory, oak and cherry wood. Brisket, pulled pork, chicken and ribs are the focus. Three signature bbq sauces are served table-side. Our tasty tacos are great on their own or on the side. In addition to bbq & tacos, we have an open fire grill that we cook our burgers and chops on. As for the bar, we've got 20 craft beers on draft that we rotate, over 20 cool beers in can, over 20 tequilas, over 20 whiskeys and bourbons, several margaritas, and a fun wine list.

Our lower level speakeasy lounge features craft cocktails and a cool vibe.

Come visit Piggyback, where we have something for everyone!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Piggyback Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (12)good for groups (12)fit for foodies (11)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Papa likes
    Bigdodge
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loved this place!! Highly undiscovered menu. I mean, come on, how many places feature their homemade BBQ sauce, smoked meat, and AMAZING mac&cheese?!? Forest Park now has 2 noteworthy restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribs are WOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The last time I had dry ribs was in Louisiana which was about 5 years ago. This place has GREAT dry ribs!! 4 sauces to match! Sweet potato tots are a great add-on. . . Definitely going back soon!!! (about 25 miles from my house)
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Food, But a Bit Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my second visit to Piggyback, which prides itself on its BBQ sauces. The decor is fun, but the noise level can be a little loud with the TVs, music, and chatter. I met a friend for dinner at 7 PM on a Thursday evening. The restaurant wasn't too crowded, but it took our server several minutes to pop by our table and jot down our order. Later, he apologized for the delay on our drinks. He recommended a mojito to my friend, which she enjoyed. For a starter, my friend and I shared fried green tomatoes. We couldn't finish them even though they were good. My entree was the portobello and veggie sandwich with fries. My friend ordered tacos; she ended up taking one of them home. We were too stuffed for dessert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OakParkResident
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    we were quite disappointed with our food and overall experience. The food was just ok, nothing special and not worth our money or time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BBQ sauce bottle top EXPLODES
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    great smoked BBQ meats...NO Onion rings...NO Bacardi Rum...while squeezing the BBQ sauce container which was clogged the screw on nozzle top BLEW OFF shooting sauce in all directions at great velocity...the barrage of expletives from my wife were impressive
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    Rocks81
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    That's all you need to know. Great food, great price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent place
    Savvy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was good but I've had better BBQ in the city. Felt rushed by both the hostess and waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    georgie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Martinis are watered down and served in champagne glasses. Our server was abrupt, not to say snippy. But the ribs and collard greens are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No ribs!
    Phylora
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went for the ribs and they were out of them at 6:15. The martini was undrinkable. Too bad because the first time I went just after it opened, it was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've had the tacos and the yard chicken (wood-fired), and they've both been great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    OrdTravelGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The combination of great food and great service is hard to find but we got it at Piggyback Tavern. The waitress was very attentive despite having a large crowd due to the Hawks game. My favorite dish was the Patty Melt - the best I've ever had. The veggie tacos and mac and cheese were also delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awseome
    Wendygirl
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great smoky BBQ. Sexy Servers. Great adult beverages
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the Piggyback Tavern reviews archive.
  • Great food, service, and ambiance
    mom2sons
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Piggyback for Mother's Day Brunch. We had ordered take out before but this was our first dining-in experience. First of all, the restaurant accommodated a last minute request to add 4 to our party, which was great. Overall the food was very good. Love the brisket and zesty BBQ sauce. The burgers were a big hit with the teens and were enormous. Some of the breakfast entrees are very basic but not bad. Wish I could remember our server's name. He was very nice and attentive on that busy morning. Prices were reasonable. I would like to go back in the evening with friends to experience more of the bar scene. I love the central bar and kitchen set up which will makes for a great ambiance all the way from brunch to late night drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to piggy back at least 10 times since it opened. Great beer & food always!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sensory Overload !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Taste and smell combine for a BBQ lover's dream! Delicious food, exciting ambience, great wait staff -- all in this Forest Park gem. Gives westside BBQ joints run for their money. Marvelous restaurant experience, but don't ignore the take-out option!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Whiskey bar
    Davem
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food here was average. The ambiance was nice. They do have a large whiskey selection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday for my Hubby!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Thank you for the great experience for my husband's birthday. We reserved on-line for a guys night out, and it was fabulous! Thank you for the delicious treat as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Out Of Six People, Only Two Dishes Were "Okay". Beer Was Good, FoOd Was Just Wrong....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meat
    TedoVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We were in a mood for meat, and Piggyback is were we go for mounds of smoked meat on large metal trays that we can decorate with a choice of 4 sauces. The combo brisket and pulled pork which really needs no sauce, was smoky and moist. The chicken and ribs were tender with just a bit of crunch. Really like the Georgia caviar side. Very nice beer list on tap. We've been there with attentive service and with having to flag down random employees for another beer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we had a great booth reserved
    bridgeybee
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    we had a great booth reserved for us! the hostess was very patient with us while our party was running behind scheldule. food and service was great :) especially the smores!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive!
    timmer
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We went on a very cold night! We were seated right in front of the door! We had to put jackets on throughout our dinner! We ordered an appetizer, and the entrees were served along with our appetizer! We asked about the ribs and the sauces! Sauces are on the table in plastic bottles! Every sauce tasted and smelled the same! Since they do them in a dry rub with out sauce, We did not like any of the sauces, because they all tasted the same! I did take home half of the rib entrée home and reheated them with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, and absolutely loved them! But I really think they were way over priced! Service was also an issue! They have a great selection of beers! I think if I return, it would be at the bar with appetizers!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good
    TomO
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Eaten here many times but the last three not good. Tasteless corn bread, cold fries, bitter coleslaw and warm beer. Horrible service. Server admitted the cornbread is not good but did not remove it from the bill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The sides are awesome especially the mac. The ribs and brisket were a little dry or my taste, but they were still good.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not the best
    sarahfoo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My friends and I came here and tried the brisket/catfish tacos, chili fries, pork nachos, and the slider trio. Everything was top notch. Very flavorful and well cooked. A couple complaints, the service was excruciatingly slow. It took over 45 min to get our food. We each ordered a cocktail and were not able to get another one because our waitress never came to check on us until we got our food. The second complaint was we ordered our nachos with only cheese on half of them, well they gave us a half order of nachos. we understood how the misunderstanding happened but when we got the check we were still charged full price. Annoying! Will probably be back but may only do carryout from now on. Not interested in another 2 hour dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!
    Julie
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I'm very big into BBQ food and this place was awesome! Had a big group and tried almost everything. I would say everything was delicious except I was not a huge fan of the cornbread. Kind of blan for my taste but besides that food and drinks were awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food for vegetarians
    Lisa
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    What a nice surprise--a BBQ place that has a choice of items for vegetarians! The fish tacos were excellent, and a little spicy. A nice touch. Also, the fried shrimp po'boy was huge and very tasty! You've got to try the "Hot Rita" margarita if you like hot things. It's a different drink and has the right balance of jalapeno and pineapple. The server, Laura, was very attentive and made sure we were well taken care of. It was my husband's birthday and she let him order his choice of dessert, on the house. The skillet cake was so moist and was excellent served warm with ice cream! Give this restaurant a try...I know we'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review
    Mike
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Overall, a very good experience. The smoked meats were kind of lackluster (see comments below).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ in the Near West suburbs!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Piggyback Tavern is a gem, and a great addition to lively Forest Park. Service is excellent and knowledgeable. Dry rub 'cue is off the beaten path for Chicago, but Piggyback does a great job of making it accessible for newbies and combining it with other great tastes. Try the Georgia Caviar salad. Great decor and ambience. There were numerous families with tiny ones enjoying themselves during our Friday evening visit. Great craft beer list - servers are glad to help with a recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to have BBQ
    Chilimags
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My family and I went here to eat on New Year's Eve. Got there at 5 and got a great little booth spot. The place is very clean and open. The bar is lovely and separated from the dining area. Derick, our waiter, was attentive. Gave us great recommendations on beer from their large selections of crafts on draft and cans. The grown up got ribs. I got pulled pork with mine. They come sans sauce (dry rub ribs) and you can add your own at the table from their selection of 4. It was really delicious. The mac n cheese was amazing. Dessert topped it off - ice cream for the kids and s'mores for me! (The best s'mores I've had.) And a whiskey flight for me and my husband. A great place to eat BBQ. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ lovers paradise
    JAPEFIT
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great relatively new place in Forest Park is THEE place for southern-style Q in the very near suburbs. Although ribs and brisket are the main stream stars here, the tacos are to die for !!! Either pork, chicken, brisket, veggie or a fish taco with catfish ( not the dreaded and overpriced and bottom feeder Tilapia here, kids....). Great craft beer choices: 20 on tap daily. Had both the Tyraneena Rocky's Revenge and the Lakefront Gear, both brown ales, and they are perfect accompaniment to any food choice. Prices are in the middle: not cheap, but nor a rip off. TV's all around to catch all the bowl games and the Hawks, or any sports choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our server Garrick was great
    Schmean
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Our server Garrick was great and the food awesome, can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • craft beers and pork
    Nessie
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    The craft beer selection is good but it gets changed a bit too often...so if you find a beer you like it may not be there next time you go in...the food is good...the sauces are good and should be bottled for sale. I personally enjoy the chilli cheese fries and the brisket. Good for watching a sports game on the televisions around the bar...or youcan sit at a table away from the sports and take in the ambience...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a short note. Interesting
    GaryC
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Just a short note. Interesting combination of very good food and fun interior design.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    Cubboy1908
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Good variety of BBQ meats and very tasty! Fried green tomatoes were delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hostess was great,, sat us
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Hostess was great,, sat us down right away. Restaurant looked good, clean. Waiter came over fast and brought water, I ordered a beer. Waited...waited....waited...saw server waiting on other tables...waited....saw beer poured getting warm at bar. Waited nine minutes for the beer and still no beer so we booked out of there. Server was cool but I think had at least half the restaurant and no help. The server was running around busy and appeared to have everything happening to him alone and no one helping. Really can't rank the food because I didn't have any. Too bad, I was really pumped to go to Piggyback but with service like this they won't be around long.
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  • Best Chicago BBQ
    cvjbVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    First time at this place by recommendation and this was a great surprise. Great service, great BBQ menu and beer list. Can't wait to go back and try the Tacos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Time Customer
    blee
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    A friend's mother had lunch and said the food was good; so when my friends wanted to have dinner, I suggested we all try it. Then, I searched sights for reviews and got nervous as several reviews stated the food was not good. I ran across reviews in YELP which showed a high overall rating and felt better, until I read some of the lower rated reviews that were unfavorable (the barbeque was noted as dry & awful). However, my friends and I decided to give it a try anyway. Overall, we enjoyed everything we ordered: pork ribs, pulled pork, catfish, brisket, greens, mac & cheese, fries. The only dry item was the appetizer wings which were cooked too hard. Everything else was good -- my favorite being the brisket, catfish and home fries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely be back
    Creeds
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We came here to celebrate my husband's bday. All he wanted was good beer and good bbq and they delivered. Service was fantastic as was the ambience. We started off w chili cheese fries which were a delicious treat. My husband ordered a full rack of ribs which were delicious. The pulled chicken sandwich was a hit too. I ordered the fried catfish tacos and I didn't like the cream sauce that was served w it so I just picked out the fish and ate that. We didn't order dessert bc we had bday cake wtg at home but they did sound delicious! We will definitely be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer and Food but.......
    DfieldVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Very respectable BBQ and a world class beer list on draft. However service poor (managers and hostesses sat around with little to do....not assisting our incompetent, overworked waiter). Service was even a bit dishonest. Beers that they didn't have, or wouldn't serve on the flight (it said pick any four) they would just substitute something else and hope we wouldn't notice. Be honest, we'd understand! Also service was slow and incomplete (didn't check back once, nor offer 2nd drink or desert!). At the end of the night they left something off our bill. I had to tell them that they forgot to charge us for our dinners! That was the right thing to do, but after such a lousy experience I found it a bit difficult to do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a visit for food and for beer
    PeripateticDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    This place was open on Monday but not busy. Decor is pub restaurant with sports bar, though kid friendly. Several families with kids finished and left soon after we arrived. We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes appetizer, the burger that got raves from my partner, and the ribs with cornbread by me. The rib sauces were a mixed bag - I preferred the spicy one. They have a great beer list. The keg ran out of the first one we both ordered - one glass was half full - though as a nice touch that one was free. They offer tasting of their drafts before ordering - there are lots of relatively unfamiliar beers on the list. For a tasty (meaty) meal in a casual atmosphere and a great beer list, it's well worth going.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.