Chuck has his Cajun and Southern fare down to a science. This is the most addicting BBQ I have ever had and there are always awesome specials available to take an occasional break from the BBQ. I believe Chuck was a student of Rick Bayless at one point, which obviously says a lot.
I am fortunate that Chuck's is five minutes from where I work. You step into a rather modest, but totally presentable interior where you'll find a dry erase board with the day's specials listed on it. One can generally find a couple of special appetizers and entrees. After checking those, step up to a register, place your order, get a number and take a table because they will have a server bring out your dish.
The quality of the food served in the short time it takes them to prepare and plate is amazing. I rotate generally through the pulled pork and chicken, and to a lesser extent, the brisket. The sandwiches come out with plenty of BBQ sauce on them (you specify hot or mild beforehand) but there is a bottle of each spice level on the table in case you like more.
For an extra charge you can make your sandwich a deluxe which means it comes with two sides or a large serving of one side. They have great options including uniquely battered fries, green beans, seasoned rice, mashed potatoes, Brunswick stew, and baked beans. They are all outstanding and once again I recommend rotating through them.
Sometimes in lieu of a side I will get a cup of soup. They always have some great gumbo or chowder going in the pot. They've also had a host of phenomenal specials during my visits. I've had brilliant pot pies, fajitas, Memphis style pulled pork sandwiches (mustard cole slaw on top), jambalaya, and many others.
They do serve Abita beers as well as others, telling me there is a strong dinner crowd that I do not get to see. They throw several festivals throughout the year too in honor of Cajun cuisine.
I implore you to find a reason to get out of Chicago and down to Burbank. All good people have a right to experience the greatness of Chuck's.
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What I Ate: Pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, jambalaya, pot pie, seafood gumbo
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