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Depot Diner or Glenn's Dinner, Smoque or Honk Tonk ? Is Paradice Pup worth the trip?

Need some help and feedback on choosing the following restaurants. which of these is a good place to eat and if you had to make a choice which ones would you recommend over tehe other

Depot American Diner
Glenn's Diner
Taste of Peru

Smoque
Honky Tonk

Paradise Pup

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Taste of Peru
6545 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

Glenn's Diner
1820 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Paradise Pup
1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018

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  1. Of those listed, Smoque is the only one i've been to, but without reservation I recommend trying it. If you're a real fan of true BBQ that is. I'm not a huge fan of their ribs, but their pulled pork is wonderful and the beef brisket is the best I've ever had. They have great sides as well: baked beans, cornbread, mac and cheese, but the peach cobbler is for me, the stand out here. The peaches may be canned, but the granola crust is a thing of beauty.

    1. Smoque is the only one I've been to, also. If you like your barbecue in a dry rub style with a strong smoky taste, you'll probably love it. (I prefer the style that's frequently basted with barbecue sauce.) I thought the sides were just okay, nothing special, except their cole slaw, which was awful.

      1. In all my visits to Glenn's (and there have been many) I've only had dinner courses, which are consistently good. My wife is a big fan of all-you-can-eat crab legs night. Glenn's ain't cheap for fish but it's a good value and I can't think of anything else in that area that can compete.

        1. If I wanted a simple seafood entree (fish more so than crustacean), Glenn's would be one of the first places I would choose. It's not inexpensive but it is one of the better values for seafood restaurants in Chicago.

          Depot is more of the typical diner, and everything is freshly made. Their pot roast sandwich is one of the best sandwiches in Chicago. Hours can occasionally be erratic, so be sure to call.

          Both Smoque and Honky-Tonk, IMO, are better for brisket and pulled-pork than ribs, altho Honky-Tonk is one of the few places in Chi where you can get bbq'd beef ribs on occasion. I haven't tried them, but they sure look good.

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          1. re: jbw

            I find it interesting that no one has commented on The Depot or Taste of Peru

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            Taste of Peru
            6545 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

            1. re: coachrbc

              In the post to which you've replied, jbw commented on Depot.

              FWIW, no one has commented on Paradise Pup, either.

              Apparently these places have been featured on a television program called "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives". Obviously some of them are not all that popular among us locals, at least not enough for very many people here to be familiar with them.

              If you go, let us know what you think!

              1. re: nsxtasy

                Paradise Pup has great messy hamburgers, char grilled hot dogs and super thick shakes. It's a tiny place run by two brothers on River Road in Des Plaines and is always crowded. There are a few stools inside and a handful of picnic tables outside. It's a pretty well know place through tv exposure as well as other internet food forums, yelp, metromix, etc.

                1. re: tonyg

                  Is waiting as long as an hour standing in line waiting to order worth it? Not for me, but I've done it a couple of times with friends. The hot dogs here aren't special at all ... you can have better at many places not requiring a wait. The draw to this place, as I understand it ... are the hamburgers, but they're not worth that long of a wait IMO.

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                  Paradise Pup
                  1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018

                2. re: nsxtasy

                  Makes me wonder how those show that feature local eateries choose them. I am always always surprised by what they come up with and rave about. Dive-ins and Dives, Rachel Ray's traveling stuff, even Anthony Bourdain. Good PR people? Payoffs? Easy to make arrangements with?

            2. Glenn's Diner has great fish dinner specials until 6 or 7 daily. The fish is fresh and the chowder that comes with it is the best I've ever had, and I'm from Boston.

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              Glenn's Diner
              1820 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613