Chef Charlie McKenna opened the doors of Lillie’s Q in July 2010 after honing his skills at top restaurants in Miami, New York and Chicago. Named for his Grandmother Lillie, who taught him the art of southern cooking back home in Greenville, SC, Lillie’s Q serves up award winning barbeque in a contemporary setting. The menu offers elevated southern favorites and sides like shrimp & grits, fried pickles, boiled peanuts, Brunswick stew, baked beans, and Grandma Lillie’s famous banana pudding. Lillie’s Q bar features over 40 all-American craft beers, plus specialty moonshine-based cocktails and the Lillie’s Q version of the traditional Bloody Mary.
Lillie’s Q is nestled in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Inside, meat hook light fixtures with Edison bulbs, reclaimed wooden tables and a four-foot cooper moonshine still give the restaurant its southern vibe.