Green Street Smoked Meats is the newest West Loop hot spot serving up some delicious BBQ. The restaurant was created by restauranteur Brendan Sodikoff of Au Cheval, Bavette’s, and other well known Chicago establishments. Kevin and I ate here last month with some friends of ours.
The restaurant itself is kind of hidden and is off an alley on Green Street. They say to “follow your nose” to find the restaurant. You definitely know you are getting close when you start to smell the delicious smoked meats.
The restaurant is cafeteria style with counter service for ordering meats by the 1/2 pound and then choosing your sides.
All of the tables are communal style and during peak meal times, it can be hard to find a spot. Luckily, they have a no sitting policy until you’ve ordered your food.
There is a full bar separate from the food line where you order drinks. One cool part of the bar is there a vintage sink full of $4 beers that you can grab and drink while waiting in the food line (it can get long) and then pay for at the register.
As you can tell from the pictures, the restaurant is very dark and is lit by string lights hung from the ceiling. The brick walls and chipped paint add to the rustic, unfinished warehouse feel.
Now let’s get to the best part – the food! All of the meat is cooked in an oak wood smoker which adds so much flavor. We tried the sliced brisket and pork ribs which were both amazing! For sides, we had the potato salad, sweet and spicy pickles, and baked beans. Again, everything was delicious!
The meats on their own are delicious, but they do offer four different BBQ sauces – coffee, spicy, Texas, and vinegar. None of the sauces stood out as being the best, but all were tasty.
For dessert, they have soft served ice cream in two flavors – vanilla and coffee. You can even add a chocolate hardened shell.
We have been dreaming of the BBQ at Green Street ever since we dined here. This will definitely be a regular spot for us this summer.
Green Street Smoked Meats is located at 112 N. Green St. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood