I visited Howard’s Q’ue tucked in the back of the All American Club in Lincoln Park.

I walked past bar patrons and toward the kitchen, where a masked teen shuffled her shoulders seated in front of a laptop. The chefs in the back worked away as I picked up my order.

Back at home, I dove into my rib dinner, quickly plating the food for a photo so I could taste what was emitting intoxicating aromas. Delicious grains of seasoning rested on top of the tender, succulent rib meat.

It was a flavor explosion on first bite, with a smokey, “hot off the grill” air. Dipping the ribs into the container of barbecue sauce made for an even sweeter and smokier experience — but the meat didn’t need it.

The rib dinner comes with two sides: cole slaw, baked beans, mac and cheese, pasta with red sauce or fries. I opted for the slaw and mac. The coleslaw was light on the dressing, fresh and crisp, and the mac and cheese was smooth, a perfect low-key companion to the robust ribs.

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There are two options for the rib dinner: a full slab for $55 or a half rack for $35. The latter easily made a quality meal for two. Howards Q’ue offers a mix of other BBQ selections along with burgers, sandwiches and soups, with most prices ranging around $12 for a pulled pork dinner and $8 for their award-winning chili.

It’s cash-only, and check their website or Facebook page for hours. I’ll be back to taste-test their Que Burger with cheese, bacon, fried onions and Que sauce, mmm.

Howard’s Q’ue

1931 W. Michigan St.

218-310-5618

howardsque.com