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May 9, 2000 01:56 PM

Chi-town soul food

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i'm visiting Chicago this week. any reccomendations for soul food in the north? nothing fancy, to be sure.

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  1. Where you really want to go is Army & Lou's in the Southside, which is by any standard the best soul food restaurant in town. And Monique King's interesting Soul Kitchen in Bucktown is gone. But you might try N.N. Smokehouse on Irving Park, which basically serves barbecue, but very good barbecue, with oddball Asian touches.

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    1. re: Pepper

      thanks for the reply, pepper. yes, NN smokehouse IS excellent BBQ, me, my brother, and my father came out of there smellingf like smoke: our clothes, our hair, etc. yes, great stuff. we will check out the Army and Lou's if time permits. Thanks again for the reply---- Chow On!

      1. re: andy huse

        As long you're down at army and lou's, you may as well go four blocks further west and eat the barbecue from lem's. It's amazing--ribs tips and especially hot links are out of this world. But don't try to take the take-out too far out, lems tends to suffer in direct proportion to the distance you remove it from the parking lot.

        1. re: seth zurer

          Lem's spareribs (small end, if you please) are truly a gift from the barbecue gods. So crisp, so caramelized, so smoky, so tender...the zenith of pig in Chicago. And the sauce is pretty good too.

      2. re: Pepper

        actually Soul Kitchen is still alive and well in Bucktown. Had dinner there the other night. Excellent!

        1. re: Alise

          Glad to hear it. It's first chef, Monique King, is now at the Border Grill in Santa Monica, which is good, but her work at Soul Kitchen seemed important.