By Jenny Quill, GazeboNews contributor
After months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation, Hillary’s BBQ Restaurant has finally opened its doors in Lake Bluff. The popular barbeque joint, which had its original outpost in North Chicago (that location is closed) and still operates a Waukegan restaurant, moved into the former McCormick’s Restaurant and Lounge space. The building, which has seen its fair share of restaurant tenants over the years, was most recently home to Hogs Sports Bar & Restaurant, a biker grill that was owned by Chief’s Pub owner Chuck Knesley.
Located on the northeast corner of Rte. 176 and Skokie Valley Rd. adjacent to Horvat Design Group, Hillary’s will likely be a big draw for those working at nearby businesses—we spied several Knauz employees grabbing take-out—or for anyone driving by who happens to catch a whiff of the smoky, charcoal-infused, meaty goodness.
The menu includes beef brisket, hot link, pork shoulder, and catfish sandwiches (we overheard several people order this while we waited), and several side options, including hush puppies, corn on the cobb, and baked beans. Dinner options include a full or half slab of ribs, combo plates, shrimp, perch, chicken, catfish or rib tips. Much of what you get comes with Hillary’s signature tangy sauce, the recipe for which has reportedly been passed down through several generations of the Hillary family.
Prices range from $6.50 to $8.50 for sandwiches while a full slab of ribs will set you back $22. The remaining dinner options cost between $7.50 and $15.50. Do note that the restaurant is cash only.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Contact: 5 Skokie Blvd., Lake Bluff, 847-735-8202.