Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed | Lakeview | Barbecue/Ribs | Restaurant
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Mike Sula

Chicago's only kosher barbecue.

Our Review

A kosher barbecue joint—it doesn't even fire up the smokers on the Sabbath—Milt's is targeting a very specific demographic that will travel to fress within the law. The barbecue, which consists of brisket, chicken, beef "spare ribs," and short ribs, is kissed with smoke but essentially of the fall-off-the-bone Chicago school, and, not surprisingly, is very expensive—$35 for the short ribs and $35 for a "1/2 slab" of three spares. But that's the price of doing business with the Chicago Rabbinical Council. There's a lot to like in other regards. Each table is served a plate of sliced sweet pickles. The bar is fully stocked with about 20 kosher wines and just as many beers, plus a dozen scotches and a list of dubious cocktails based on flavored vodkas. Some of the sides are terrific, including a fresh, vinegary slaw and garlicky mashed potatoes, more like crispy smashed hash browns in execution. And the menu is loaded with enough auxiliary options that barbecue almost seems an afterthought.

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