Great newer local place for BBQ
The BBQ was very good -- smokey, tender, good portions and great sauces to go with. Ribs were so-so (on the dry side, tough, not much meat on the bone, overcooked), but the pulled pork and beef brisket have been great both times we went! Chili cheese fries or mac n cheese are nice accompaniments. Tried the fried green tomatoes once... only once -- didn't like the cornmeal batter and there was no seasoning. Great beer selection and knowledgeable staff. I liked that you sit down for dinner, or pull up a stool at the bar and watch any number of local sporting events. Have already been back, and will do so again. Great local find adjacent to Madison St.
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Smoke is the new bacon..and
Smoke is the new bacon..and Piggyback does it right!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was terrific. My
The food was terrific. My 16 year old son thinks of myself as an expert on ribs. He loved the ribs. He said they were the best he has ever tasted. The pulled pork sandwich was so tasty and tender it practically melted in my mouth. Wonderful experience.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just We Needed
What a great addition to the area! We'll be back and we'll advise others to try it.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food - reasonable prices
Good food - reasonable prices - service staff was accommodating.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great BBQ and drink options.
Great BBQ and drink options. The tacos were excellent. We had to wait maybe 10-15 minutes for a table passed our reservation time and the manager offered a round of drinks on the house while waiting. While unnecessary, it was a very nice offer.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of all the resturants
Out of all the resturants and bars that this location has been, Piggyback is the best. Great food good service.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our servers, Danielle and Katie (in training) were wonderful. The food was good and the beer selection was extensive.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the tacos, this was the best meal we have had there of our multiple visits! Great menu and fun atmosphere.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is actually the third time I have been here and it has not disappointed once. The burgers have been excellent, I have tried the trio sliders, and the salad which were all very tasty. I am an IPA lover and they have a good selection here to choose from for flight tastings. The tequila flight selections, I felt, were hit or miss though for you tequila connoisseurs, like me. I plan to be back very soon especially to grab another slice of that good pie. Cheers
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Piggyback has a clean contemporary
Piggyback has a clean contemporary feel to the restaurant. They have a large craft beer menu and the staff is more than happy to help you with your decision and even bringing a small sample to try. I tried the Door County Cherry Wheat beer which has an ever so slight aftertaste of cherry. The bar area is great for watching the games. I had the portabella mushroom sandwich which was yummy and my husband had the brisket taco and pulled pork taco which were equally good. They have three different homemade sauces on the table to enhance your food.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing great prices and a great beer list.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome food! We will be back! Was 110% worth the drive from Lombard! Staff is super friendly n quick service!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely the best BBQ in
Absolutely the best BBQ in the area. Usually go to Q-BBQ but that's about 45min from my house. So happy this place opened in forest park.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nothing great here
After passing by this restaurant and seeing a review in the Chicago Tribune, I thought I'd try it out with my son. The kid's menu was your standard fare. The beer selection was good, but nothing exceptional. I was disappointed in the quality of the food. The brisket and ribs were dry and not particularly flavorful and the BBQ sauces provided weren't wonderful. The collard greens were quite qood. Service was very good, friendly, and quick. I've had better BBQ elsewhere in the Chicago area.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
At the suggestion of a friend from Forest Park, we went to Piggyback for dinner on Saturday night. The place was pretty much hopping, but having made a reservation, we didn't wait long.
We were excited to try some different things, but we were unable to read the menu. The lighting wasn't great, but the real problem was the black print on the brown background. The font was also very small, too. Our waitperson was helpful and read some of the items to us. (Note: We are not elderly people.)
We enjoyed the tacos, ribs and pulled pork. The fries were perfect, the cornbread a bit dry. And the cole slaw was a bland.
Overall our experience was a positive one. We will go back, but we'll bring a magnifying glass next time!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Laid-back atmosphere, appropriate
Laid-back atmosphere, appropriate for a BBQ joint. Excellent food; extensive beer list.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have always wanted to try this place since we drive past it so much. The menu is really interesting the the flavors were so different that what you normally find on restaurants on Madison. We had the tacos where were really tasy.
Cute place, good service, and great food.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding beer selection
Outstanding beer selection wiyh well versed waitstaff.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think this will be our new "go to" restaurant. Great vibe, great food; they even have gluten-free beer!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Piggyback Tavern features dry-rub BBQ, a good selection of beers, and hearty portions. I had a half-slab of tasty ribs, which did come with a light coating of sauce, and there is a choice of three sauces at each table. My wife ordered the sliders (chicken, brisket, & pulled pork). Others in our party ordered nachos (huge portion), and pulled pork/pulled chicken sandwiches with fries. Our party also shared sides/appetizers such as fried green tomatoes and "Georgia caviar," which included corn, black eyed peas, etc. I can't comment on the dessert choices because we were all too full to try any of them.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
love this place!!
I am a barbeque addict, and after living in the South for a number of years, I was pretty sure I'd just have to drive 700 miles back to get the good stuff. Of all the BBQ places I've tried in the Chicagoland area, THIS IS IT. Their pulled pork is scrumptious, and that alone is worth the trip. Their fries are an all-star as well, and even if you think you're getting way too many on your plate, somehow they just, well, disappear. Having southern roots, I also love the fried green tomatoes -- yummy! I brought two newcomers here for lunch, and they were both very happy campers after their meal. Be sure to stop by on Tuesdays for $5 Burger Day -- it also includes pork, beef brisket, and chicken sandwiches as well.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service
We love this relatively new restaurant in Forest Park. While the basic options are limited (brisket, short ribs, chicken and a few others), the menu provides several variations to fit many tastes. The tacos are excellent. Overall the experience has been improved each time we visit since it first opened. Kid friendly during the day and early evening. Service is also greatly improved since it was first opened and is now excellent.
My only complaints are that it can be a little loud in the evening and relies on quite a few high-top tables, which are not my favorite.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good dry rubs
The meat was all very good. Only complaint was it was a bit loud.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food but sad service
The food was awesome, great BBQ! The service sucked! We made a 7:15 reservation and when we arrived five minutes early, we were told they don't seat reservations until the time it is for and they were running a few minutes behind and were encouraged to have a drink at the bar. We ordered drinks and ended up waiting past 7:30 for our table. Once seated, the service was so-so and when we finished we asked about going downstairs to the bar. We were told to close out our check and then we were welcome to go downstairs. We paid and started to go downstairs when we were told by another person that there was a private party downstairs. We told them we thought we would have been told that when we asked and promptly.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a visit for food and for beer
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.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will definitely be back
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.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Chicago BBQ
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!
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good variety of BBQ meats and very tasty! Fried green tomatoes were delish.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just a short note. Interesting
Just a short note. Interesting combination of very good food and fun interior design.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server Garrick was great
Our server Garrick was great and the food awesome, can't wait to go back.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beer and BBQ!!! Whoo-hoo!
Great restaurant for BBQ and related foods. Also have a great beer list with many beers on tap which rotate. Beer flights are great. Brisket is wonderful. Service always with a smile.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
GREAT BBQ,GREAT SERVICE--IT'S
GREAT BBQ,GREAT SERVICE--IT'S ABOUT TIME THE WESTERN SUBURBS HAD A GREAT BBQ PLACE!!!!!!!!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM