The new barbecue spot from the owners of Bellwether is open and intent on giving South Loopers a honky tonk good time. Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon isn't only focusing on barbecue—and its not the first place with this combination—but there's also country music, so patrons have something to listen to while they gnaw through their meats.
The menu includes nods to Kansas City thanks to burnt end chili. Forget beef ribs, as they're serving pork baby backs here. There's also pulled pork and chicken, along with smoked brisket. For those just not into meat, there's a grilled cheese with pimento and tomato coulis. Browse the full menu here.
The large, curved booths are good for groups. There's also plenty of flat screens to catch the big game. It's a roomy space with seating for about 150 and 15 at the bar. Sidewalk seating will arrive later this year.
Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon, 1132 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 929-3856; open from 3 p.m to midnight on Sunday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.