Kosher barbecue is experience a major surge in the US; so it’s no surprise that the food has made its way up the Mississippi, from its Southern home to the great regional Midwest hub of Chicago. But at Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed, they aim to feed kosher souls as well as stomachs.
“[It] is a gathering place, a community center without the pool, a part of the growing vitality of Lakeview,” Milt’s writes on the website. “From our high quality meats smoked on-site, to our exemplary service, we aim to ensure that your visit is more than just a meal.”
That dedication to community includes reportedly donating their profits to charity, and arranging for guest speakers at the restaurant.
Apparently, these initiatives are drawn from the owners’ understanding of Judaism:
“Our inspiration comes from Maimonides, the prominent 12th century Torah scholar. His “Guide for the Perplexed” addresses questions of philosophy and theology that are still relevant today. Throughout his work, Maimonides emphasizes the importance of giving credence to all perspectives. He drew from Jewish, Islamic and ancient Greek philosophers, to explain the philosophy of the Torah.”
Of course, all those good intentions are nothing without the food. And Milt’s doesn’t disappoint with spare ribs, short ribs, barbecued chicken, pulled chicken, brisket and more. All are certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.
Milts BBQ is located in the Lakeview neighborhood, at 3411 North Broadway Street, Chicago. It’s open 11:30am-10pm Monday through Thursday, 11:30am-2pm on Friday, and closed on Saturday.