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About Lillie's Q
Chef McKenna opened the doors of Lillie´s Q in July 2010 after honing his skills at top restaurants in Miami, New York and Chicago. Named for his Grandmother Lillie, who taught him the art of southern cooking back home in Greenville, SC, Lillie´s Q serves up award winning barbeque in a contemporary setting. The menu offers elevated southern favorites and sides like shrimp & grits, fried pickles, Brunswick stew, baked beans, and Grandma Lillie´s famous banana pudding. Lillie´s Q bar features more than 40 all-American craft beers, plus specialty moonshine-based cocktails and the Lillie´s Q version of the traditional Bloody Mary, the Morning Lillie. From Carolina Gold to Hot Smoky, each of the Lillie´s Q sauces and rubs pays homage to the deep-rooted barbeque traditions of specific Southern regions. From Lillie´s kitchen to yours… enjoy!
Chicago, IL 60622
Barbecue, Southern, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch + Dinner Daily with Weekend Brunch Service (Saturday + Sunday 10AM-3PM)
Monday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Tuesday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Wednesday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Thursday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 11:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The catering team at Lillie’s Q is ready to help you plan the perfect menu for your next event. Whether you are planning an elegant wedding, classy cocktail party, corporate luncheon, birthday party or a simple get together with friends, Lillie’s Q will cater to your needs. You can check out our basic catering menu below or speak to our special events manager about our hors d’oeuvres menu. If there is something you have in mind that you don’t see, feel free to tell us what you are thinking and we will work with you to make a memorable menu for your event.
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Private Party Facilities:
Whether it’s a birthday, bachelor party, or just because, bring your closest pals to Lillie's Q and enjoy a whole hog cooked exclusively for you!
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (866) 777-2918
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Lillie's Q Ratings and Reviews
The food was amazing. I didn't love any of the sauces but I think that was more of a personal preference. Drinks were really good. All in all, 2 meals and 2 cocktails came to around 80 dollars so not a "quick cheap" place by any means but definitely good for a once in a while type thing.
We went for a Father's Day celebration and it was perfect. The food is outstanding and service equally good. We loved our food and recommend the barbecue to foodies and anyone who likes a creative approach to an old standard. Pulled pork was delectable as was the chicken and all of the sides. Favorite was cornbread! Salad refreshing and beautifully composed. Will return when in Chicago.
Pork rinds, Memphis Tacos, Tri Tip, Ribs ,Chicken and Pulled pork were all outstanding. Greens and baked beans sides supreme. Meal was impeccably serviced by Carlos- friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We brought guests from Memphis and they were suitably impressed and very satisfied with very aspect of our dinner. Lillie's Q comes through once again!
1st off...they have one highchair in the entire restaurant. No booster seats. Perfect for Mother's Day reservation. The appetizers were great however our server apparently forgot about our food while she was bartending? and only had our food come out when my husband asked where it was. Which came out all cold, no surprise there. The food was tasty for cold food but none of us which came out all cold, no surprise there. Terrible service.
My boss is a BBQ connoisseur and had Lillie Q's on his list of "must try" restaurants. It didn't disappoint for great BBQ and according to my husband the "best mac and cheese ever." They offer a variety of sauces at each table so you can try one or all of them (note that you can buy their Smoky Sauce at Mariano's). We also enjoyed the craft beers and ambiance. Overall, a great experience!!
Food is good, but nothing that stands out of you're big on BBQ. Similar to most bbq places, the sauces generally steal the show. The pulled pork was average, the ribs were good (they had a good rub to them), and the chicken wings were fantastic. However, I didn't love the upcharges on top of the already high price tag. Pricing is steep for bbq, but its in the city so there isn't much else to say. We spent $75 on two drinks and we split a meal for context. One thing to note is i spilled half my drink and they replaced for free. That was a kind gesture and it made me feel good about their customer experience.
Overall, its a pretty good place to eat. I'd go back.
really enjoyed our dinner. it didn't start out too well bc they were out of chicken which I really wanted to try. so I ordered shrimp and grits and they were out of grits, but the shrimp were delicious in just the right amount of creole sauce. then they comped us for the shrimp - even better. service was maybe a little slow, but it wasn't a problem. drinks were good. my husband loved his ribs and the mac and cheese was beyond amazing! will definitely go back when my son is in town. he lives in Austin and thinks that BBQ outside of Texas is just so-so!!!
This was our second time to Lillie's Q, and we made early dinner reservations because we were meeting friends with our toddler. Given how family-friendly the Wicker Park area is, imagine my surprise when the hostess told us they only have 1 high chair for the entire restaurant ... and it was in use and not going to be freed soon. No booster seats either. So, we had to eat our meal with our 2-year-old on our laps the whole time, which is obviously less than ideal. If we weren't meeting others, I would've left and gone elsewhere. They were out of smoked chicken early on a Saturday, which eliminated quite a few items from the menu. So, overall, the experience was okay, but not great.
Trip tip is very lean and tender and brisket is normally available only on Tuesdays but they had it on this particular Saturday night which was also good. Tacos were meaty and tasty. Recommend sweet potato fries and Mac and cheese for sides. We really enjoyed the sauces- especially the Carolina. Parking can be difficult- street parking so give yourself ample time if you're driving to find a space and walk.
Hadn't been in a while and was really excited to have some tri tip. They were out, at 6p on a Saturday night. Not sure why but needless to say I was disappointed, it won't deter me from going again however I'll definitely call ahead next time to make sure there aren't any shortages of my favorites.
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