Anyone try the new place in Lincoln Square yet? I think it's called Horseshoe.
I had friends living on Lincoln when the Horseshoe first opened. It was kind of a great place, and as early adopters it was interesting to watch it develop.
For quite some time, we could walk in there late on a Friday or Saturday and find seats, no problem, in one of their three sweet high-backed booths. The food was cheap and pretty decent. The beer was reasonably priced. And the atmosphere was straight-up hick chic. Chicken wire on the walls, a wood fence behind the urinals. A bluegrass band on the stage, PBR tall boys behind the bar, Arkansas Hand Fishing on the TV.
I'd say the BBQ is beat out by that of Smokin' Woody's across the street, and I wouldn't have called it destination dining, but overall it was a great go-to place to start or end our nights in Lincoln Square. Brisket was tasty.
At some point it was flooded over by the Chicagoland rockabilly/punk/rollerderby scene and it gradually became impossible to even walk through the place, let alone sit down anywhere. We eventually gave up trying.
We went back again recently, on the Friday night before the Super Bowl, and the place was totally dead (a friend who's been there a few times recently said it's been
dead). They were also out of PBR. Food-wise they were out of pulled pork, brisket and cornbread. A BBQ joint with a limited menu. On a Friday night. Who's buying for this place?
The capper: $4.50 for Budweiser bottles.
I've been to Smokin Woody's a couple of times. It's hit or miss. The first time I had it I thought it was great, then the second time I had it (I guess I should explain "it" as being their pulled pork...this is turning into an Ebay commercial - noooooooooooo) it was very disappointing.
That's too bad. I've had their pulled pork a number of times, and have never been disappointed.
Fat Willy's rib shack... Just west of Western just north of Fullerton, across from the AMC Theater, has amazing food, brisket is fantastic and really really good sides
I actually swore off Fat Willy's after trying their brisket. I found it totally flavorless, and considering how relatively pricey it is ($10.95 for the sandwich and fries), I decided that was that. Maybe I should give them another go. (I've never tried their ribs, but hear they're very good.)