Honky Tonk BBQ

Before I leave for Thailand in July, I’m going to do a series documenting some of my favorite places in Chicago.  This first one is in the Pilsen neighborhood, where I have lived four out of my eight years here.  I will do another post of the Pilsen murals, but for now I will focus on Honky Tonk BBQ, one of my favorite restaurants.

I met Natalia, her mom Maria Elena, and Claudia for dinner.  Maria Elena always comes to visit from Bogotá, Colombia for a few months every year.  She and Natalia are planning to travel with me in Thailand and Southeast Asia in August.  Claudia will visit too at some point.

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Four Colombians and a Jew walk into a bar…no joke.  Pacha is also visiting from Bogotá.  Here she displays the famous Honky Tonk creation called the Bacon and Brew, an Old Style topped with a piece of bacon candy.

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I’d recommend ordering the Brisket Delux with southern greens, mac and cheese, corn muffin, and hot link.  You may choose from three different sauces for your meat.  By the way, I refuse to take pictures of food, so you’ll have to see and taste it yourself.

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Somewhere between fine art and kitsch, you will find Honky Tonk’s signature décor.  I’m never quite sure if I’m in an authentic saloon or an ironic one.  Probably both.

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Finally, it wouldn’t be Honky Tonk without live music, often from a bygone era.  I’ve heard everything from ragtime and swing to country and rockabilly here.


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