Texas-born Lou Wise brings authentic Texas BBQ to Chicago with Lone Star BBQ Bar on Harlem Ave.
Online PR News – 15-June-2016 – La Grange – Dad deserves a break from the hot grill. Treat him and the family to a delicious lunch or dinner this Father's Day weekend at Lone Star BBQ Bar, 3350 N. Harlem, 773-887-4002. Lone Star BBQ Bar is Chicago's newest full-service BBQ restaurant and early reviews are as delicious as its food.
The whole family will be delighted with a big Texas welcome from restaurant veteran Lou Wise and his son Alex. Passionate about his Texas roots in San Antonio, and his love of true Texas-Style industrial, greasy-newspaper pit bar barbeque, Lou says: “The flavor, the ambiance, the way the meat was handled. It was like magic,”
Although Wise’s family moved to Chicago when he was young, he spent his summers with his relatives in San Antonio who owned restaurants. That’s where he got his first restaurant experience and that’s how his love for Texas barbecue grew into a great passion. He came to realize that this fantastically messy, delicious experience needs to be shared with the locals of the Windy City, where real Texas barbecue is difficult, if not impossible, to find.
Here, Texas authenticity rules. Lou and his team only smoke their meats over post oak wood, imported from Texas, without the use of gas or electricity. “We smoke meats the way they’re meant to be smoked so we can fulfill our promise to offer an authentic Texas experience,” he says.
Lone Star BBQ Bar is a comfortable full-service restaurant, eschewing the fast-casual style many barbecue joints have adopted. “Eating off of plastic doesn’t make you more authentic,” Wise says, “and having table service doesn’t make you less authentic.” In his opinion, a fast-food approach to his barbecue wouldn’t do justice to the high quality of his meats. “Food is meant to be enjoyed, not ‘worked on’,” he explains. “There is no need to rush through a meal here. And no one wants to, either.” With this philosophy, Lone Star recreates the finger licking flavors of classic Texas pit barbeque, but serves it with a casual yet upscale spin.
Don’t take our word, read what customers have to say…
Autumn H: This is as good as it gets!! Great Texas BBQ in Chicago near Harlem & Irving. We have gone twice (in 1 week - we couldn't wait any longer), and the food was spot-on both times. First time we enjoyed watching the Kentucky Derby and chowing on the bbq sampler and fried chicken. And while watching Nyquist win, we enjoyed the bread pudding which was outstanding. I usually write reviews after my 3rd visit, but changed that rule because I don't want to keep this gem of a place from the BBQ lovers, heck foodies in the area any longer!!
Patrick T: Let me say this: when you walk into the place, the smell of delicious BBQ hits you. The guy at the smoker was pretty cool with this tasty spray that he was squirting over the meat. In his words, "It's tasty on the meat.". This is true by the way. At his suggestion, I tried the hot link first when I got home...... Man, is it good. The chicken, ribs and brisket were great too.
I'm so happy that this place is so close to my house. I'll be inviting some friends out this weekend for a drink there. Good job, Lone Star BBQ Bar.....
Mathew W: The decor was impressive. Upscale for a BBQ joint. Cloth tablecloths. Cloth napkins. Small vases with flowers. Very nice bar with sophisticated backbar, glassware and nice tip shelf liquor. I also liked the 2 TVs so I could watch the Cub’s game. They were very accommodating. Almost overly friendly. I ordered the brisket sandwich and fries. The fries were served in a cool, whimsical glass boot. The brisket was tender and had a small amount of sauce with more sauce on the side. I like that.
Anthony D: Decided to try this new place and see what it was all about. And what it is about is amazing Texas BBQ. The menu had numerous choices from ribs to brisket to chicken, etc., and I settled on the brisket sandwich. What a delicious sandwich it was. Piled high with an excellent smoked flavor, the brisket was tender and before I knew it, the sandwich was all eaten. The BBQ sauce was perfect company for the meat. Not too much on the sandwich, but available on the side if you want to drown it. For me, I like to taste the meat too, and I loved it. Fresh cut fries, homemade coleslaw, and pickled vegetables were also delicious.
Talked to Alex the GM and found out that Texas is in his family, which made me feel more excited to try their Texas BBQ, even way up here in Chicagoland.
I will definitely be going back, looking to try the pulled pork next. A big thumbs up for this new restaurant.
About the food
The dinner menu includes the classic Chicken Fried Steak ($16.95), the Pork Chop Platter (24.95), and the pride of Texas, the Brisket Platter (24.95). Lone Star is the only place in the city where you can find a truly authentic King Ranch Chicken (15.95). This delectable dish is the Texas version of lasagna with tortillas, chilies and chicken in a spicy cream sauce, served with a small salad. All dinners are served with French fries or beans and coleslaw, a homemade biscuit, or pickled veggies. All together the meal is a great value for the high quality of the eats. Lone Star’s burgers and melts are all served with fries and any side for around $13.
If you’re interested in a lighter fare, yummy sandwiches include Brisket, Katz-esque Corned Beef, Pit Beef, Pork n’Mac, Pulled Pork, and Charbroiled Chicken Breast, with fries, coleslaw & pickles ($12.95). A la carte sides include a refreshing apple-jicama slaw ($2.95), biscuits with cactus jelly ($3.95), and traditional Texas chili ($6.95). For the vegetarians and health nuts out there, have no fear! Lone Star has zucchini pie and a wonderful selection of salads including the Alamo Bowl ($15.95) with fresh spinach, bacon, eggs, croutons, cactus fruit, napales and assorted veggies, and the Trail Mix Salad ($15.95) full of nuts, seeds, quinoa balls, sesame sticks, and apples blended with mixed greens. It’s like taking a stroll through Texas’ mountainous backcountry. All meals can be modified to accommodate any dietary restrictions. “You tell me what you want and I’ll make it,” Lou says.
Lunch specials include the BBQ Soft Tacos with Sour Cream ($7.95), BBQ Nachos ($7.95), Quesadillas with your choice of brisket or pork ($7.95), ½ Salad ($7.95), and ½ Sandwich and a bowl of soup ($9.95). Of course Lone Star has a build your own burger starting at only $7.95 and 6 oz. of Pulled pork with one side for $8.95.
Fruits and veggies are locally sourced as much as possible and keeping it natural is a key part of Lone Star’s philosophy. Lemonade is fresh squeezed to ensure the highest quality. For those looking to hang their hat and kick back by the bar, Lone Star has created a number of Texas themed cocktails including the Austin Mule with Tito’s, fresh squeezed lime, and Barritts Ginger beer on the rocks and the Blue Mesa Margarita with Milagro Silver Tequila, Blue Curacao, fresh Pineapple and lime. Not to mention wines and beers including Ballast Point Sculpin, Ale Asylum Madtown Nubrown Ale, and none other than Lone Star.
When your southern sweet tooth is aching, check out Lone Star’s thick and rich Pecan Pie, Strawberry Pretzel Pie, Tres Leches Cake, or the popular Bread Pudding, all for $6.
Lone Star BBQ Bar isn’t just another barbeque shack. It’s a restaurant full of Texas hospitality and music where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy delicious pit barbecue the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.
About Lone Star BBQ Bar
Lone Star BBQ Bar, 773-887-4002, is an authentic, Texas style barbecue restaurant featuring a number of quality meats smoked in a real barbeque smoke pit. The restaurant is located at 3350 N Harlem in Chicago and is open for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There is a spacious outdoor patio. Ample street parking is available and all major cards are accepted.