Slow-cooked barbecue is a trademark of Old Irving Park's Smoque BBQ, which will join the parade of food vendors inside Revival Food Hall. Coincidentally, over the past few weeks Revival has also slowly revealed the names of its tenants which will serve customers next month when the food hall opens in The Loop. Downtown workers will rejoice as they'll now have convenient access to one of the country's most-acclaimed barbecue joints without needing to drive north.
But it's a pared-down menu, much like Lillie's Q's offerings over at Chicago's French Market. The Smoque kiosk won't serve ribs, the ones which Men's Journal called the best in America. Instead they'll have brisket, pulled pork and chicken (smoked on site) for consumption as sandwiches or platters. They'll also offer barbecue beans, cornbread and cole slaw, as well as new items like jalapeño-smoked sausage, smoked turkey breast and potato salad. There's also a new Texas-style barbecue sauce, according to a news release.
Revival will open sometime next month inside The National, an under-construction office building over at 125 S. Clark St. Smoque's joining Antique Taco, The Budlong and Aloha Poke Co., among others. The new addition represents Revival's 13th food vendor, as 16" On Center (Dusek's, Thalia Hall) has two more announcements to go. A rep says they'll later release news about the building's bar/coffee shop, as well as news on something else they're not ready to divulge.
Chicagoist first reported the news.