Krazy Hog Barbecue

Krazy Hog Barbecue

A few days ago, a good friend posted photos of rather appetizing barbecue dishes on her Facebook page. Come to find out that it was at a restaurant that her cousin owns. I was excited until I saw that it was in the far South Suburbs. That meant driving through downtown Chicago’s mixing bowl, which is a test of your patience and the soundproofing in your car to mute the screaming. But the food looked so good. So, I dashed through the mixing bowl and way off the map to get some sauce on my fingers.

Chicken Tips with Heat Barbecue Sauce

Chicken Tips with Heat Barbecue Sauce

Located at 100 Nugent Street in Glenwood, Illinois, is a quaint barbecue restaurant that has spacious seating and a full bar. Having gone through a revamp, the restaurant was still having a soft open. That meant being able to enjoy much of the menu without a crowd. And once they get word of how tasty the barbecue is, there will be a crowd indeed.
Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked Chicken Wings

I ordered chicken tips with heat barbecue sauce. These came with fries that they drizzled with more of the barbecue sauce. From the first bite, it became apparent that the chicken could have been enjoyed without the sauce. There was a jerk flavor to them that my Jamaican half loved. However, the heat barbecue sauce was out of this world. There was not a taste as if it had come from a bottle and the heat was enough to have a bite without taking over. I was won over.
Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Because I had an intense hunger, I also ordered smoked chicken wings with macaroni and cheese and baked beans. Also served with fries, the wings and the fries were drizzled with more heat barbecue sauce. The wings didn’t just have a hint of smoky flavor to them. They had been smoked proper and it was evident in each bite. The beauty of it was that the smoke played extremely well with the barbecue sauce. Adding to that the macaroni and cheese was of the variety that you get Down South with bubbly cheese on top and the baked beans had to have been prepared from scratch, not from a can.
Baked Beans

Baked Beans

I have had my share of barbecue throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina. I have also had the attempts at several restaurants dotted throughout other states. One thing I must say about Krazy Hog Barbecue is they are true to the craft. Add to that outstanding service and they’re sure to be a favorite. When the grand opening happens and the lines start to get longer, there will be countless individuals attesting to having had the best barbecue in Metro Chicago. I say this as a sane and rational man. I’m not krazy.

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Lone Star BBQ Bar, Howdy Texas

Recently, an individual who has been following Chicago Alphabet Soup’s Facebook page sent a fantastic list of restaurants that would be a fit for the blog. There were several ethnic restaurants that are now on the list for sampling so that they may get press on the blog. And then there were a few like Lone Star BBQ Bar that left me hankering for a little Down South eating.

Lone Star BBQ Bar

A friend who was in Chicago briefly and a mutual friend who jokingly inquires as to whether his plate is ready met with me at Lone Star BBQ Bar at 3350 N. Harlem Avenue. Completely devoid of pretense and fancy presentation, if the smell doesn’t win you over, I fear you may not be in the correct place. Since the three of us are individuals with amped-up appetites, we had a go of several menu items.

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Pickles, Peppers, Carrots, and Onions

While snacking on the complimentary pickled pickles, peppers, carrots, and onions, the first small dish to land on the table was a platter of onion rings with a barbecue sauce and a spicy mayo sauce for dipping. Unlike the “essence of onion rings” purchased from the frozen section at the local market with nothing but crust and imitation onion flakes, these were real onions in a perfect batter. The dipping sauces were considerably better options than usual ketchup.

Onion Straws

Onion Straw

The second small plate was frito pie. This deep dish consisted of well-seasoned ground beef topped with fritos that were topped with healthy helpings of tomatoes, guacamole, and sour cream. Texas came to Chicago and three sets of teeth gnashed away at this dish until the server exclaimed, “I do declare,” when all she saw left were a smear of gravy and a few corn chip crumbs.

Fritos Pie

Frito Pie

By now we figured we’d work our way into the barbecue part of the menu. We ordered barbecue wings. Now was our turn to say, “I do declare.” The wings were plump, bursting with each bite. Not only was the barbecue delicious in a tangy sense, but these were not just bland grilled chicken wings with sauce on them. These were well worth the barbecue sauce all over our fingers, on our chins, and dabs here and there on our cheeks.

Barbecue Chicken Wings

Barbecue Chicken Wings

One friend ordered a double-decker beef burger with a side of macaroni and cheese and a side of fries. The burger had been topped with onion rings and he applied a house made sauce to the sandwich before going to work on it. There was very little conversation from him after he put the napkin across the front of his shirt. That was code for “This is what’s going to happen.” Understood.

Double Decker Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese

Double-Decker Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese

The remaining two of us at the table ordered half slabs of baby back ribs with sides of baked beans, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and buttermilk biscuits with honey butter. The ribs were grilled Texas style such that they didn’t fall off the bone, yet they weren’t tough either. They were just right, said Goldilocks. How we managed to finish all the food that we ate escapes me. Then again, we do become lumberjacks over plates of food after we leave our office jobs.

Beef Ribs, Baked Beans, Biscuit, Slaw

Baby Back Ribs, Baked Beans, Biscuit, and Slaw

Anyone who wants a taste of Texas while in Chicago will enjoy the offerings at Lone Star BBQ Bar. The restaurant is not a gimmick. The preparation of the meat is one indicator. Listening to one of the restaurant staff members explain how they prepare the sausages also gave indication that they’re not buying meats from the grocery store and heating it up either. They’re getting it fresh from a butcher. If you want a laid back dining experience without the shame of getting barbecue sauce all over the place, make your way to Lone Star BBQ Bar. Yawl, hear?
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