Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lillies Q - Revisit

Wow, it's been almost three weeks since my last post. If I actually have regular readers I hope they're still around and didn't leave me for dead. It's been a fun and busy couple of weeks including two trips to the great state of Utah (great for it's ski conditions and Film Festivals). I am determined to get back into the swing of things and clear my back log of entries because there have been a slew of new openings in town that I would like try and write about. And to get that started I'll give an update from our meal at Lillie's Q back in December.

Lillie's was one of our favorite new places in 2010 in the midst of the chicago bbq craze bonanza. We loved the sauces, the decor and environment as well as the affordable and quick bbq meat. One of my goals for 2012 is to revisit favorite places from years past because if we liked it once, there's no reason we shouldn't return more often (and once a year is not exactly often). This time we went with a bunch of friends - and that allowed us to try a lot of different things. The beer list  and cocktails remain a highlight, especially when served in the mason jars. We all ordered the "taste of Q" for main courses which is a choice of three types of meat, and shared a few orders of mac n cheese, fries, string beans and cornbread to start.

All of the sides were great, except the string beans (not sure what happened there but they tasted like dirt). The cornbread was a hit and I love the presentation in the cast iron skillet. I'm also a fan of the mac n cheese - not too creamy and pipping hot with a little bread crumbs. And the fries are first rate and didn't last long.

Erica and I shared the taste of q with ribs, pulled chicken and pulled pork. My favorite was the pulled chicken with loads of bbq sauce and second favorite was the juicy and slightly fatty pulled pork. The ribs were not to our liking and I can't remember exactly why but they were not tender and the meat flavoring was not that appealing not matter how much bbq sauce was used. I would certainly go back for the chicken; it was juicy and well seasoned and not a lot of excess fat - just tasty slices of meat ready for sauce.

Overall our experience this time around was not the same as our first few visits. I still enjoy the setting and experience, great drinks and awesome sauce choices. The sides are solid but the meats are hit or miss sometimes. We previously gave it 3 stars but now we'll make it 2.5. I can't stay away from good bbq long and I can imagine a good pulled chicken sandwich with loads of the spicy sauce. It's still the best casual bbq spot around, particularly in the neighborhood.

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