[Photograph: Josh Conley]

If you're going to order one sandwich at Honky Tonk, get the pulled pork. Well-deserving of its many accolades, it is tender and impossibly juicy. However, if you're going to get two sandwiches (or have friends who share), the two sliders collectively known as the Green BLT Sandwich ($8, no sides) are well worth your attention.

What they lack in stature (I could have eaten three, easily), they make up with wonderfully controlled flavors. The sheriff of this here town is the clearly the perfectly crunchy fried green tomatoes, which flash the badge of requisite texture, but also dig their spurs in with just the right amount of tang. They are nestled above just enough spring mix to notice but not impede. The thick, pungent, Ranch-like garlic mayo comes on the side. And the bacon? Perhaps sensing the shift in power, it is content to play the complementary role here. More like the new sheriff's horse, riding off into the flavor sunset together.

Honky Tonk BBQ‎

1800 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608 (map)


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