True BBQ & Whiskey Bar

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$30 and under
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Barbecue
True BBQ and Whiskey Bar offers what we like to call, "A Modern BBQ Experience." What distinguishes True from traditional BBQ establishments is the manner in which we prepare and serve our products. All of our meats are the highest quality, and we use our own homemade rubs, while serving our house made sauces on the side, as opposed to on the meat itself. In addition, we offer non BBQ menu selections, such as Premium Steaks and Ahi Tuna, as well as both Vegan and Gluten Free selections. Like desserts? True offers a decadent selection with items such as Caramel Bourbon Mascarpone Napoleon, Pecan Pie and more! Led by Chef Adam Brown , our menu is "truly" in a league of its own. And we can't forget to mention our extensive whiskey menu that features several hand crafted cocktails.
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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Great service. What more can you ask for.

RG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great & very pleasant. He really made our experience great. Don’ t lose him. He is very valuable.

BI
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable dinner, and excellent service

LT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Server kept forgetting our side dishes. Very fatty brisket. She said it’s normal, but I’ve had way better brisket elsewhere. Ordered drinks: 2nd was way different than the first.

DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We were seated at one of the outdoor fire pits. After we ordered our food, there was a one man band who performed. He was excellent. The food was ok. I ordered the Cajun shrimp and fried green tomatoes. The shrimps were good; the tomatoes not so much. My friend ordered the ribs. Very meaty but a little dry. Another friend ordered the Reuben which was good. The atmosphere was great. I will go again.

SJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal. Husband enjoyed his brisket and I love my pasta. It has all the smoked flavors and its mouthwatering. I am not a bbq person and their raspberry bbq sauce is over the roof. It is worth the price!!!!

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal

KA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 4 of us had wonderful food and great service. We will definitely do it again. Noise level is a little rough for someone with hearing aids so we will remember to go earlier. The brisket is so.....yummy!

EJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love the place. Service was a little slow, but food made up for it.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We saw an advertisement for all you can eat crab legs at True BBQ. It was our anniversary so I made a reservation for 4. When we got there they didn’t have a table for us except in the bar. We sat in the bar and after a 30 min wait we finally ordered drinks and appetizers. Some time later we placed our dinner order and were told that the “All you can eat crab legs”were only for a special event. We were even given a menu that said all you can eat crab legs right on the front. It didn’t say anything about stipulations. Since my wife was the only one who wanted the crab legs we asked for the manager. Cory the manager couldn’t have been more crass and rude. She said all the tickets were sold out. Really, “all you can eat crab legs” and you can’t sell one more serving?
Will never go back to True BBQ for anything!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food and drinks were great. We sat outside. The server brought the entrees too early with the salad. We hadn’t finished our appetizer yet. It definitely ruined the service.

TS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Had the pork sandwich and it was really good. Beet salad was delicious and different.

JG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this place and it was really great! Had the best burger I’ve ever had. We will definitely be coming back soon!

p
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben there several times for lunch and dinner. Food is always top notch as is the service. Love the vibe especially in the bar.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There were four in our party. I ordered the trio platter - the brisket and the pulled pork were good but the ribs were overdone and a little dried out. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meal.

M
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a hidden gem and the ambiance is wonderful. Definitely a recommended spot for great food and drinks.

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was wonderful. It had an upscale feel while offering affordability. I'll definitely return.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Mother’s Day Brunch!!! Terrible!!!! Yuck 🤢

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I have been here before but on this visit the pulled pork had no taste to it, there was no flavor. Someone may have forgot to season the pork.

j
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delicious bar b q place. Very attractive, great food and great price

DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were extremely impressed. I have already recommended the place to friends and family.

SL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Customer service was very good ribs with smoke really good you have your choice of five BBQ sauces they make homemade chips they were good with the nest special rub for the ribs my husband had the trio he really liked it and I had the Reuben which was really good

OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The waitress was awesome... we were excited to come here for the first time because the online food sounded deeelish and we were excited to try new and different whiskey’s.

Everything tasted fabulous... smoked is always on point if done right in my book. And this was. However... from a price point perspective as good as it was it is overpriced. I mean $15 for a fried chicken sandwich with chipotle sauce you can buy in a store? I opted out of fries and asked for the garlic potatoes and the first few bites tasted like they were instant.
I will admit I am very particular about my food. I loved everything but I also cook from scratch. To me at this price point it should beyond that and have a spin on it besides being smoked. If it wasn’t smoked I would ask for a refund only because I know the preparation and time it takes.

RP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good BBQ. Brisket was the best of the meats. I ordered the BBQ trio that had ribs, pulled pork and brisket. For $30 the portions were really small on the pulled pork and brisket. Dish came with a half slab of ribs that were very tender and meaty. Pulled pork came in a monkey dish and was watery and not very tasty. Needed a lot more seasoning. Also had a double shot (neat) of one of the many excellent bourbons they featured. Again, for the price they charge, the pour was skimpy to say the least. Someone in our group had the brisket dinner and that was a very nice size portion and a very good price as well. Bottom line, decent BBQ, nice ambiance, very cool bar area with a gigantic selection of whiskeys. Service was friendly and prompt.

c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Saturday at noon at celebrate Easter a day early . We meet up here a couple times a year as it is half way between family. Great food always .

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great everyone was in good spirits and food was excellent!

RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our waitress was on point. I wish i remember her name; young lady long ponytail w/ glasses. She was superb!

O
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday around noon is the best time to go if your looking for a nice quiet lunch. My wife and I were surprised that there were so few people there at lunch time but we were pleased that we had the place practically to ourselves. “Raven” was very helpful in helping us choose different whiskies and the food was excellent! I wish they were closer but I will go back again.

MO
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The food was cold, like sitting out for 30 minutes cold. The 1 item my husband liked was the cornbread, unfortunately a bus person removed it while my husband was still eating. Worst birthday dinner ever!!! Don’t waste your $$$!

TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The service and ambiance was outstanding. The quality and flavor of food was phenomenal. The only issue was the food was slightly overpriced. Good price point for a couple but for families not so much.

m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very knowledgeable server and she was very attentive we came in a pretty slow evening which we enjoyed my overall experience was a five-star event my only issue is with the portion size

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice night. The food was great. I was not thinking I was spending as much as I did? A little more expensive then I thought it should be.

MR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I thought prices compared to other similar restaurants were a bit pricey.

S
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

FS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience! Can’t wait till next time!

MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

BBQ St. Louis Ribs were dry and no texture, just soft. BBQ sauces provided were: A) Jalapeno Sauce - I had to add Tobasco Sauce to it. B) Basic - was way too sweet. C) Brown Sugar Sauce - nasty sweet. D) Raspberry Sauce - plain gross. You need some decent sauces. The best part of the meal was the complimentary potato chips with the hot BBQ sauce applied.

MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed the food there. It was better did i expected. I have a lot of allergies and they were able to accommodate me. Also the service great.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We have been dining at True Whisky BBQ since 2016. The food has always been good, however, the service is not good.

On top of everything else, they delivered my sister her plate with only meat, no sides or anything. My sister is a picky eater and will not eat just meat. We asked several times for her sides and they told us they were working on them. After about 15 to 20 mins, she recd a side of mac and cheese only to find it cold. She sent it back and told the server that she wants her food together. We waited another 15 mins for her side to come out, which at that point her meat was cold. I asked the server to take the meat back and remove it from the bill. The manager comes to my table and asks why dont we want the food. I explained that her food was now cold and she eats it together and if she could simply remove it from our bill that would be great! The manager became irate and told us that the meat was hot when she brought it out and acted as if the missing side dishes wasn't a big deal and insinuated that we were giubg ti pay for the meat and she would take off the sides. Perhaps she didnt know she was speaking to a group of respectful and educated individuals, but we told her in a very professional manner that we ordered an entree not ala carte which meant my sister wanted to eat her meat and her side dishes together. After waiting almost 40 mins for mac and cheese, as the manager, she should have been compromising to remove the charge. Then to add insult to injury, she yell at us and screamed she didn't want to argue. There was no argument, we pointed out the terrible service and inconvenience and she was the one with the attitude.

The service at True Whisky totally sucks, some of the servers do not know the menu, and the manager is rude, disrespectful, and confrontational with diners. But I will never go back because I feel like I am not wanted there and I refuse to spend my money at an establishment where I am mistreated and stereotyped.

f
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

ordered a porterhouse cooked medium. first steak come out black and crispy, they remade it for me and brought it out rare. did not wait for a third try. but hey they took 5 bucks off the bill.

N
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, different options and quality service.