Monday, January 26, 2015

Smoked Out

Sodikoff's new warehouse of meat and beer


You, a cobblestone alley, an unmarked metal door, and a question: Ever drink beer from a sink?

Your answer awaits on the other side.
Welcome to Green Street Smoked Meats, Brendan Sodikoff’s new BBQ joint located in an unmarked warehouse off Randolph Street that can only be recognized by its colorful street art on the exterior and the undeniable scent of large cuts of meat taking a prolonged trip in the smoker on the inside.
Once through the corrugated metal entryway, order meat by the pound at the counter, then hop down to a picnic table for your feast.

Choose between tender smoked brisket and links, plus a selection of sides from potato salad to the chili-covered Frito pie. (Pro tip: Don't forget to pick up coins redeemable for cups of soft-serve).
After filling your metal tray with enough meat to feed a small tiger, wander over to the beer sinks. Yes, sinks filled with beers. You will wonder why your sink for is not utilized for storage purposes while deciding between a $3 can of PBR or Coors Banquet.

The rectangular bar (guarded by a topless wood figurine) also serves booze by the shot, glass or cocktail as well as house concoctions such as a Gin Radler and Chartreuse Mule. Only one question remains: How will your friends know you've just paid a visit to the most happening warehouse in town?

Those fingers covered in BBQ sauce should pretty much do the trick.

Green Street Smoked Meats
112 N. Green St. (at W. Randolph St.), West Loop
(312) 754-0431

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 4 (out of 4)
Subway: Green or Pink Line to Morgan-Lake
Scene: Mustachioed hipsters and trendy foodies downing PBRs and analyzing smoke rings on slices of brisket
Best bets: Frito pie; smoked brisket; ribs
Nearby: Nellcote; RM Chapagne Salon; Haymarket Pub

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