Why you'll love our food

About The Tonk Chicago

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We proudly serve our meats in the traditional Memphis-style of barbecue: dry-rubbed meats slow roasted over wood and charcoal, with our signature sauces served on the side.

Our prime brisket and premium pork are meticulously slow-roasted for 14 hours over a wood-burning fire pit, ensuring impeccable tenderness and a delectable smoky essence. Our St. Louis Spare Ribs and Baby Back Ribs undergo a slow-smoking process of 6 hours until they reach the perfect juicy and tender consistency. All our meats are cooked with wood and charcoal only, without gas or electricity.

Our carefully curated dry rub balances the perfect blend of savory and sweet, with a tantalizing hint of pepper and spice. Indulge in the flavors of our house-made sauces, including the Chicago Sweet, Memphis Tangy, and Carolina Mustard-Butter-Garlic, specially crafted for your palate's delight.

Accompanying our flavorsome meats are our zesty, full-flavored sides, meticulously designed to complement every dish. Notably, all our sides are vegetarian or vegan, and our two red BBQ sauces are gluten-free.

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Our Story

Spanning 16 years, The Tonk stands as a cornerstone of the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. From the outset, we have meticulously curated an exceptional culinary experience, showcasing the authentic essence of Memphis-style barbecue intertwined with the dynamic cultural fabric of the city.

Building on our legacy, the rebranding to The Tonk in 2023 marks a new chapter for our establishment, symbolizing our commitment to continual growth and enhancement. We remain dedicated to providing an unparalleled dining experience, embodying the spirit of community and culinary excellence that defines us.

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Open for dine-in:

Wednesday - Friday: 4PM - LATE
Saturday - Sunday: 12PM - LATE

Open for carry-out:

Wednesday – Sunday
11am - 11pm


Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Tuesday: Open for catering only

1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Direct orders: (312) 226-7427