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As a young boy, Charlie was taught the secrets of his grandmother Lillie´s special sauces. Years later, these unique blends and three generations of southern-style barbeque mastery has netted Executive Chef Charlie numerous national awards including Winner of the coveted Memphis-In-May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest.

Chef McKenna opened the doors of Lillie´s Q in July 2010 after honing his skills at top restaurants in Miami, New York and Chicago. Named for his Grandmother Lillie, who taught him the art of southern cooking back home in Greenville, SC, Lillie´s Q serves up award winning barbeque in a contemporary setting. The menu offers elevated southern favorites and sides like shrimp & grits, low country boil, fried pickles, boiled peanuts, Brunswick stew, baked beans, and Grandma Lillie´s famous banana pudding. Lillie´s Q bar features more than 40 all-American craft beers, plus specialty moonshine-based cocktails and the Lillie´s Q version of the traditional Bloody Mary, the Morning Lillie.

From Carolina Gold to Hot Smoky, each of the Lillie´s Q sauces and rubs pays homage to the deep-rooted barbeque traditions of specific Southern regions. Each recipe was created exclusively by Chef Charlie and is made in-house. Plan a trip to Lillie´s Q or explore each variety at home and experience the culmination of three generations of Southern style barbecue mastery. From Lillie´s kitchen to yours… enjoy! Nestled in Chicago´s trendy Bucktown neighborhood, meat hook light fixtures with Edison bulbs, reclaimed wooden tables and a four-foot copper moonshine still give the restaurant an unmistakble southern vibe.

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