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Note: Due to a fire March 14, 2013, Lillie's Q is closed and is scheduled to reopen mid-June binding inspections.
It's all about moonshine and peach wood-smoked Southern barbecue at this Bucktown spot decorated with meat hook light fixtures and reclaimed wood tables and booths. The corner eatery is named for chef-owner Charlie McKenna's grandmother, who taught him to cook Southern fare, while the Q is a nod to his father, Quito, with whom McKenna co-owns the original Lillie's Q in Destin, Fla., and competes on the national competition barbecue circuit. Though McKenna's a CIA grad who's logged time in the kitchens of both Avenues and Tru, the recipes behind the restaurant's slow-smoked meats (pork shoulder, tri-tip, chicken and baby-back ribs) were honed over 10 years of competition; the pork shoulder is a multi-award winner. Oh, and about that "moonshine"? It's dispensed from a 4-foot copper still and used in cocktails served in rustic mason jars.