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I am embarrassed to admit that it has taken me this long to try Belly Q. The casual Asian barbecue restaurant in the West Loop is excellent. Charles and I joined friends there for dinner on Tuesday night and we were thoroughly impressed by the creative menu and it’s skillful execution.

The thing that made Belly Q stand out was the sauces which managed to simultaneously span the range of sweet, sour, and spicy. The menu at Belly Q is meant for sharing, and this worked very well for our group of four. The menu is divided into small bites, big bites, entrees, and side dishes. We ordered quite a bit of food, and almost finished it.

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We started with the crab rangoon and the Thai style fried chicken. The fried chicken had a sweet heat to it and a nice amount of crunch. I am not a big fan of crab meat, but my friends happily gobbled up the crab rangoon.

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Charles’s favorite was the Roasted Pork Butt with a curry BBQ sauce and Asian giardiniera. The pork was perfectly cooked until it feel apart, and the sauce balanced sweet BBQ and the heat of curry.

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The Baby Back Pork Ribs were my favorite. The meat fell right off the bone, and again the homemade sauce, in this case a hoisin bbq, was fantastic. It’s easy to slow cook meat, but Belly Q excels at mixing up flavorful sauces to slather them with. If you dine at Belly Q, please order both the Pork Butt and that Baby Back Ribs.

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The side of griddled broccoli came drowned in a mushroom gravy and topped with caramelized onions. It was totally different from the typical vegetable sides at restaurants – the mushroom gravy was a nice twist.

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And the sticky rice was fried and crispy and really satisfying.

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We ended our meal with a  trio of desserts. The warm soft Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts were topped with a blueberry jam, and were big enough for sharing. The Peanut Butter & Jelly consisted of vanilla soft serve topped with peanut butter crunch and jam, and the Pot De Creme had coconut custard, vanilla soft serve, chocolate, and pocky sticks.

I appreciate a restaurant that delivers top notch food with a casual and inviting atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends for a weekday meal, and we will certainly be returning soon.

Belly Q‘s address is 1400 West Randolph. They do accept reservations. I want to give a shout out to our server, Thelma, who provided us with spot on recommendations! She rocks.

Kelly in the City

Friday 11th of March 2016

Kit this looks SO GOOD!!!

Kelly | Kelly in the City

Kit Graham

Monday 18th of April 2016

Let's go together. We LOVED it!!!!