A Sandwich a Day: Brisket Sandwich at Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.


[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

What do you need to know about Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed in Lakeview? (1) It serves Kosher barbecue, so don't look for any pork on the menu. (2) As the only Kosher barbecue restaurant in the city, it is perpetually packed, even if you decide to go at 5:30 p.m. on a weekday (or on a Monday). (3) It serves a pretty killer hot dog, using one of the excellent products from the Romanian Kosher Sausage Company. (4) You get free sweet pickles, and they are awesome.

You'll notice I didn't mention the Smoked Brisket Sandwich ($16 with a side). The menu claims that you can order the brisket sliced or chopped, but according to my waitress, that's no longer the case. Instead, the brisket is cooked until it falls completely apart, which means it's mushy and nowhere near as incredible as the brisket served at Smoque (of course, that barbecue shrine isn't Kosher). Fortunately, everything else about the sandwich works: the sauce isn't too sweet and the bun is soft. It's also helped immeasurably if you slip a few of those pickles inside the sandwich.

Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed

3411 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657 (map)