Q-BBQ says its brisket burnt ends are "smoked and rubbed twice and taste like filet mignon meets beef jerky." (Photo provided)

The best barbecue — at least according to people voting at this year’s Chicago Ribfest — is coming to Oak Park later this year, said Michael LaPidus, owner of Q-BBQ restaurants.

LaPidus said in a telephone interview that the restaurant, which will be located at the recently closed Carriage Flowers, 124 N. Marion St., will serve barbecue with “regional flair,” drawing from styles served in Texas, Memphis, Kansas City and the Carolinas.

The 2,500-square-foot shop, expected to open in October, will seat around 80 inside and another 30 outside, he said.

“This past weekend we won first place in [the People’s Choice category] in the Chicago Ribfest,” LaPidus said. “This is our second year participating. We just won off of our great food.”

The Oak Park location will be Q-BBQ’s fifth — the others are in LaGrange, Naperville and Lakeview and another location is expected to open in Schererville, Indiana later this year.

LaPidus said he targeted Oak Park for a new location because “it fits our demographics to a T,” he said. “It’s an eclectic community, people love to eat out, and it has such a dynamic downtown,” he said.

The restaurant also plans to sell beer and wine, LaPidus added.

Anthony Shaker, president of Shaker and Associates, which leased the space to Q-BBQ, said in a news release that the restaurant “will fill an important dining niche” in downtown Oak Park.

“It has been scouring local sites in Oak Park for some time and feels our location is a ‘can’t miss’ for its growing business,” Shaker said. 

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