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Honky Tonk BBQ

#959 of 7,716 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608-3214
+1 312-226-7427
16:00 - 02:00
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Sun 16:00 - 02:00
Tue - Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat 16:00 - 03:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped here before The Black Angels concert at Thalia Hall. It is just down the street from Thalia Hall. I got there early, so it wasn’t too crowded, but it did fill up as it got close to show time. I sat at the bar and the bartender was outstanding. Very attentive and even when it got crowded, he... More 

Thank Stone711
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Grabbed dinner here before a show at Thalia Hall. BBQ was okay, but not great. Staff was really nice and friendly. Waited for our Uber there after the show and they had a great band playing. Would not eat there again, but would go for the music.

Thank tbwg
Champaign, Illinois
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182 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Honky Toni BBQ was between printed menus so we ordered from the party menu. Not really a problem. Our smoked "Bacon candy" appetizer was A bit too much- a lot of maple, and it was so hard I thought I might lose some fillings. However, we enjoyed their brisket platter and burnt ends. We had to drive out of town... More 

Thank Danno251
Las Vegas, Nevada
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

This restaurant is housed in an old bar in the Pilsen neighborhood. The barbecue is delicious, and the portions are huge. Great service and a full bar. On the night we were there, they had an 8 piece jazz band and no cover. Sports were on television behind the bar, which has an old wood bar back and mirror. Very... More 

Thank Charles89145
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Well, DDDDRRRAAANKS were awesome. Beer n bacon candy👍. Also their version of a bloody mary, comes with a few garnishes and a piece of hotlink was great. As was also the service. The waitress was very attentive and amigable. Its the reason they got two stars. I WAS SERIOUSLY disappointed with their food. I had been looking foward to going... More 

Thank ChayoDelReal
Mexico City, Mexico
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

This restaurant I didn't find, a frind of mine took me here and it is BY FAR the best bbq I've ever had, so mant amazing thins to eat!! It's on the south side of Chicago so it's not he nicest neighbourhood but if you have a Chicago friend to go with, or just be safe about it you are... More 

Thank DiegoAmigo
Chicago, Illinois
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1,407 reviews
466 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Nice BBQ place in the Pilsen neighborhood. We both had the pulled pork - which was not very hot when served. I also had a margarita - which was OK (very light on the alcohol). Our server was good. We also enjoyed the band. Nice vibe to the restaurant.

Thank Diane K
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

great BBQ brisket not very Fatty amazing garlic mashed potato. Bar type of venue with a good vibe for dates or bringing friends to hang out. Friendly staff and good drinks. In Pilsen area parking not bad. Everything was really good but my favorite was the Brisket will definitely go back for that and those mashed potato's!!!!!

Thank Margieu414
Paris, France
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181 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

I had the pulled pork and my friend the ribs, both were delicious, I would tend to prefer the ribs, thought. The mac and cheese are delicious, the mashed potatoes with garlic not so much, well, I couldn't taste the garlic, that's what was problematic. We had the candied bacon as a starter, this was reeeeeaaaaally good, but make sure... More 

Thank Irma333
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

I'll start by saying I'm an old guy from the North Shore, found Honky Tonk a few years ago as a group I follow was playing there. Went by myself and felt a little awkward as I was gramps, and crowd was sprinkled with locals and tattooed hipsters. I could not have been more comfortable . Best bartenders, wait staff... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608-3214
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 312-226-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?