Host of the first Windy City Smokeout BBQ and Country Music Fest, the new Bub City has already attracted a sizable following. The place was packed at 6 p.m. on a weekday. Luckily we’d made reservations so didn’t have any trouble getting a table.
We started with the fried pickles ($5.95), and even though we’re not usually avid pickle fans, we’d gobbled these down before the entree arrived. We chose the Bub BBQ combo ($24.95) to sample several items, including a hot link, pulled pork, brisket, coleslaw, pickles, pimento cheese and two sides. This combo could easily feed two people, though it’s so good, you might want to keep it all to yourself. The brisket was exceptionally tender; we tried it with both the sweet and spicy sauces offered at the table. The pulled pork was sweet, the hot link was good, and our sides of mac and cheese and spoonbread (topped with melted cheese) were equally delicious.
Desserts, however, didn’t live up to the main-dish quality. The grasshopper pie ($5.95) and banana cream pie ($5.95) were merely average. And the noise level was so high that it was hard to talk across the table or to our server. On nights that feature live music, we imagine the volume would be earsplitting.
If you’re stopping by for a drink and a bite after the workday (which many of our fellow diners seemed to be doing), you’ll enjoy a substantial bar menu along with cocktails, beer, wine and more than 100 kinds of whiskey. Women, be warned: There’s a mannequin in the restroom that might take you by surprise.