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Honky Tonk Barbeque, Chicago, IL

Honky Tonk Barbeque

3.9
3.9
25 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Honky Tonk is family-run and located in the Pilsen neighborhood just a couple miles southwest of the Loop in downtown Chicago.

We serve our meats in the traditional Memphis-style--dry rub, roasted with wood and charcoal and the sauce always on the side. Our dry rub is the perfect combination of salty and sweet, pepper and spice. Three house-made sauces are served for your enjoyment: Chicago Sweet, Memphis Tangy, and Carolina Mustard-Butter-Garlic.

Prime Brisket and Premium Pork are roasted for 14 hours over a wood burning fire pit. Slow and low makes for perfect tenderness and a tasty smoky combination. St. Louis Spare Ribs and Baby Back Ribs are likewise slow-smoked for 6 hours until they are just right juicy and tender.

Sides are zesty and full flavored, the perfect compliment to the meats! And remember, all our sides are vegetarian or vegan. Even our two red BBQ sauces are gluten-free! Regardless what kind of diner you are, everything we serve is healthy!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Comfort Food, Vegetarian
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu, Fri 4:15 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:15 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 226-7427
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 25 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

25 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food A bit pricey Service was ok but not fabulous Went at beginning of rush on a Saturday night BBQ and beans are the very best ! Definitely give this place a try !

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  2. PamelaE

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I wish our service would have been better. It took forever for our food to come out of the kitchen and we were pretty late getting in to the show at Thalia Hall. Excellent food! Barbecue ribs are delish. Great live music and it’s a little noisy but that’s what makes it so fun.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff was attentive, helpful and patient!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really real brisket and the Sunday night band to match. I went for the music and discovered awesome barbecue! Prices are good for the area. The Chicago Cellar Boys are the best! Listen to authentic early Jazz without the scratching!

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  5. patidine1

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great , loved the food ,very nice waitress, and we enjoyed the music too!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️👍

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I had the brisket it was basically all grizzle and had zero flavor. We went because it was on Diners Drive Ins and Dives. The restaurant has clearly been bought out and has a different owner since the show aired. Save your money time and palate and go somewhere else. There is nothing Honky Tonk about this BBQ

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    100 degrees outside and they had no air!!!! Place smelled of must. They should have closed. If wanted a steam could have to a health club.

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  8. Airball

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Service. Outstanding Food!. Will Be Back again

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  9. RobertoL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is good but the place smells strange and is neglected, it is better to take away.

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  10. Drew

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was actually very good, service was great and I will definitely be back!!

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  11. AnnaA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food we mediocre to bad. Our rib tips were very tough, and the mac and cheese had a very strange taste due to the choices of cheese used. This place was not worth the money.

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  12. JoshP

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I thought my food could've tasted a little better. The meat was bland and wasn/t seasoned enough.

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  13. Johnson

    Chicago

    137 reviews

    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our service was great, our waitress was friendly and attentive. Our bacon appetizer came out quickly and was delicious. However our entrees took over 40 minutes to arrive with no warning about the potential wait time. The old fashion was good. The coleslaw appears to be an after thought, we couldn't detect any dressing or seasoning. The bourbon cake was nice but we probably wouldn't get it again. Maybe take out is the way to go here because the ribs were delicious. If you're in the area it's worth checking out if you have the time.

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  14. MikiF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great BBQ, great service in a laid back atmosphere with live music later in the evening.

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  15. Craig

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Catching a show at Thalia Hall, this was right around the corner. Excellent brisket & links.

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  16. martinezo

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! Only thing was our coffee had too many coffee grinds in it. But then again this isn't a coffee shop. Still love this place!!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Really Bad service had to seat ourselves. I was given water then we waited for 20 minutes. Had to go get the server ourselves order drinks those to at least 15 minutes and the restaurant was fairly empty.

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  18. MarianneB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the perfect spot to grab dinner before a show at Thalia Hall. Our group grew from 6 to 12 and they were able to accommodate us. The food really was delicious and the waite staff was very friendly.

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  19. JenJen

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    What a great find! Best brisket I've ever had! And the fried pickles are so delish. Went with a few friends after an art opening in Pilsen. Left right as live music was starting, but will definitely come back for dinner and music.

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  20. PATJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quick service, good food. Very reasonable prices Perfect stop before a concert nearby

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  21. JeffC

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good ribs and nice atmosphere! Enjoyed my time here.

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  22. DebbyC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from Ariel! Food was delicious - my friend and I split a bunch of stuff so we could try as much as we could. Favorite side - yams!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Just not a good experience over all, the reason why we were unhappy were a few things. 1. We made a reservation for 8 and got a table for 6, so 2 our friends had to leave. The bigger table (for 8-10 ppl) was giving to a couple. 2. We were there for like 2 hours and only interacted with the waitress like 5 - 6 times. 3. We seated with dirty plates and empty drinks for a while, I mean a while. The food runner was more attentive than other staff. 4. Bottom line, go for the music and the candied bacon, Diet Coke also was great.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I ordered the brisket and it was all fat no meat. The food tasted like cafeteria food not good at all.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant wasn’t even open

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

Honky Tonk Barbeque does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Honky Tonk Barbeque is rated 3.9 stars by 25 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Honky Tonk Barbeque

1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608-3214

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Pilsen
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu, Fri 4:15 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:15 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Comfort Food, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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