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Old 04-24-2021, 03:20 PM   #1
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My brother is moving from Phoenix to Chicago in June - I'm flying down to help him with the move and then drive his car up with him the 26 hours. We are huge BBQ geeks so, we'd love some suggestions along the way . I know there are probably a few "iconic" places along the way. Also - we don't discriminate, while we do love and want our fair share of BBQ along the way, we'd love some suggestions of other foodie stops along the way, even some cool attractions.

Some notable cities/towns we can drive through are:

Albuquerque - I'd assume there's a "must stop" Mexican place somewhere
Amarillo - any "iconic" Texas BBQ joints in this area?
Oklahoma City
Wichita
Kansas City - Again, another "iconic" BBQ stop here maybe?
St. Louis
Chicago - Obviously have a few things I'd like to try here, never been to Chicago before...

Thanks in advance - I'm super excited to be able to have some quality time with my brother, haven't seen him much with Med School the last several years - It'll be great to catch up and have a reason to start dieting again when I get back.
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Old 04-24-2021, 04:45 PM   #2
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Do note that these guys are open 0700-1500L... We usually get the barbacoa "libra" - to-go... served with tortillas, veg, limes, and salsa. We usually sit out at their picnic tables in front and chow down... but it's do-able via tailgate or hood, as well.

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Can't recommend any BBQ in these places, but once you are to Chicago, hit a Portillo's for Chicago dogs and Italian Beef. Ambrosia.
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https://www.rigazzis.com/

It's been a few years since I was there, but Rigazzi's in St. Louis is some of the best Italian food I've had.
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:17 PM   #5
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Can't recommend any BBQ in these places, but once you are to Chicago, hit a Portillo's for Chicago dogs and Italian Beef. Ambrosia.
A big ol' sloppy Chicago Beef is definitely on my list!! Thanks for the recommendations!
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:39 PM   #6
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Can't recommend any BBQ in these places, but once you are to Chicago, hit a Portillo's for Chicago dogs and Italian Beef. Ambrosia.
Agree on a portillos
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Old 04-24-2021, 09:39 PM   #7
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Amarillo's not a great BBQ town but these two joints are popular. I like to smoke my own but sometimes hit Rudy's for a quick fix.



https://www.spicymikesbarbqhaven.com/


https://tylersbarbeque.com/
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Old 04-24-2021, 09:52 PM   #8
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I can second Tyler's in Amarillo. It's been a couple of years, but we enjoyed the stop.
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Old 04-24-2021, 11:07 PM   #9
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I know all the hype about the Big Texan Steakhouse but when we were there it was a Great steak dinner. They know steak. In St. Louis Salt and smoke.



Just my .02. By the way, why would anyone want to move there?
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I'm no help.
Someone is actually moving ta Chicago?? On purpose??
I'm gobsmacked...

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Old 04-25-2021, 12:15 AM   #11
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Chicago is way way to cold for me but everybody I've known to live there loved the place.
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Old 04-25-2021, 06:39 AM   #12
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Hit up Pappy's in St Louis.
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:54 AM   #13
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I know all the hype about the Big Texan Steakhouse but when we were there it was a Great steak dinner. They know steak. In St. Louis Salt and smoke.



Just my .02. By the way, why would anyone want to move there?
We stop in Amarillo every year coming back from AZ. 1st year went to Big Texan..really disapointed us...more of a tourist trap. Then found Coyote Bluff Cafe. Hole in the wall ...tried the burgers...really good..tried the green chili..off the charts. They also have a steak which is highly regarded..but havent tried it yet. next time though.

For KC lots of choices..most are good. But lately I have been enjoying Big T's. I tend to like nostalgic places. And this one does not dissapoint...somewhat of a hole in the wall. Here's a story describing a few of the good ones. Scroll down to #6. BTW dont get fooled by Jones at #3.
https://www.kansascitymag.com/the-10...ts-to-pick-em/

Big yes on Chicago Dogs and Italian Beef in Chi-town.
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I'm no help.
Someone is actually moving ta Chicago?? On purpose??
I'm gobsmacked...

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I agree! He got into Northwestern though for his residency (top 10 program in the country) so, I think it's a short term pain for a long term gain in his eyes.
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