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andrew huse May 9, 2000 01:56 PM

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

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    Pepper May 9, 2000 05:31 PM

    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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      andy huse May 11, 2000 10:54 AM

      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!

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        seth zurer May 11, 2000 01:15 PM

        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.

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          Pepper May 11, 2000 04:04 PM

          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.

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        Alise Sep 3, 2000 10:37 PM

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

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          Pepper Sep 4, 2000 12:14 AM

          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.

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