Serving a hefty side of patriotism with every plate of authentic American barbecue is the unabashed mission of the recently opened Mission BBQ at 1570 Butterfield Rd. in Downers Grove (630 824-3606). The first Illinois location of a growing national chain, the casual restaurant seats 98, with outdoor space for 35.
Flags, military paraphernalia and photos of local heroes and military veterans deck the walls, while the kitchen marshals fresh, homemade and hand-crafted ingredients into dishes like Texas smoked brisket, pulled pork or chicken sandwiches, and racks of baby back ribs — all of which can be doused with any of 10 sweet, spicy or smoky barbecue sauces.
Also offered are generous sides of Maggie’s Mac and Cheese, baked beans with brisket or green beans and bacon. Fresh-made coleslaw and hand-cut fries round out a menu where most plates are under $9.
A lunchtime salute to the Stars and Stripes isn’t the only outward show of the restaurant’s mission. Dedicated to supporting U.S. troops, Mission BBQ also raises funds for local firefighters, police, veterans, first responders and other local heroes.Edit Module