Lillie's Q

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Take a seat in this 50-seat dining room at this fast-casual restaurant, where customers can order barbecue favorites ala carte. 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. Texas-style brisket is available daily (except Tuesdays), and try the new pimento-cheese sausage and other specials. Enjoy a light and bright atmosphere with a walnut bar sprawling across the space, lightened up with charred wood walls.