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    Post #1 - January 7th, 2019, 9:27 pm
    Post #1 - January 7th, 2019, 9:27 pm Post #1 - January 7th, 2019, 9:27 pm
    A new Chinese skewer (BBQ) restaurant has opened in Chinatown that also does skewer hot pot. I don't remember seeing any skewer pot places in Chicago but I could be wrong.

    The first thing I noticed was the name - Friend BBQ. There is a place in Flushing I go to sometimes called Friendship Foods BBQ. One of my favorite things is their Xingjiang Special Lamb which comes on some larger tree branches/twigs instead of standard skewers. Xingjiang is a province in western China - largest city being Urumqi. This is fairly close to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and many Uyghurs are there. Not common food in the US at all. Friend BBQ has the same thing. Coincidence maybe, but their menus are VERY VERY similar.

    Friendship Foods BBQ menu (Flushing): http://friendshipbbq.com/menu.pdf

    Friend BBQ (Chicago):
    https://s3-media1.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto ... 9hzg/o.jpg

    Very similar if even the Chicago one is a lighter menu of the one in Flushing. The skewer pot for the example not only has the same price, but also the same rules so to speak, and even the same exact things you get in it as the one in Flushing. Design of the menu is similar. Either that or someone is copying the one in Flushing pretty well.


    Friend BBQ
    2358 S Wentworth Ave
    (312) 624-8153
    Open 7 days a week from 3pm - 2am
  • Post #2 - January 8th, 2019, 11:45 am
    Post #2 - January 8th, 2019, 11:45 am Post #2 - January 8th, 2019, 11:45 am
    I will have to check this out soon...another BBQ placed opened up nearby, off of Wentworth, called Gao's Kebabs I believe (or in Chinese, amusingly, Lao Gao Shao Kao). I haven't seen proper Ma La Tang on skewers yet, but I thought the place in the Richland food court would let you pick stuff to add, and then basically hot-pot it for you, which is a similar idea if not grab-and-go exactly.

    Lamb skewers are among my favorite foods from China, and since the BBQ spot in the food court closed up, nothing else has scratched the itch, mostly for lack of charcoal. Hoping one of these two places takes care of that.
  • Post #3 - January 8th, 2019, 5:42 pm
    Post #3 - January 8th, 2019, 5:42 pm Post #3 - January 8th, 2019, 5:42 pm
    mtgl wrote:Lamb skewers are among my favorite foods from China, and since the BBQ spot in the food court closed up, nothing else has scratched the itch, mostly for lack of charcoal. Hoping one of these two places takes care of that.


    My fiancee thought that the skewers at Homestyle Taste in Bridgeport were very good. If this Friend BBQ is basically the same as the Friendship Foods BBQ in Flushing, then you should try the Xinjiang Lamb skewer - good stuff.
  • Post #4 - January 12th, 2019, 9:16 pm
    Post #4 - January 12th, 2019, 9:16 pm Post #4 - January 12th, 2019, 9:16 pm
    I went to eat at Friendship BBQ in Flushing tonight. My fiancee asked and they said yes, Friend BBQ in Chicago is also theirs.

    If it's anything like the one in Flushing in terms of flavor and you like Chinese BBQ skewers, then I recommend it.
  • Post #5 - January 12th, 2019, 10:12 pm
    Post #5 - January 12th, 2019, 10:12 pm Post #5 - January 12th, 2019, 10:12 pm
    marothisu wrote:My fiancee asked and they said yes


    Mazel Tov! How very 2019 of you. Seriously, thanks for the intel.
  • Post #6 - January 13th, 2019, 8:21 pm
    Post #6 - January 13th, 2019, 8:21 pm Post #6 - January 13th, 2019, 8:21 pm
    Went today...Friend is very very tasty, but also pretty pricey. We spent almost sixty dollars for two people before tip. That said, we were pleased with the product, which brought me back to my time in China.

    We had the big Xinjiang lamb skewers, beef and chicken as well, and then pork belly and chicken skin. We also got green beans and okra, plus a grilled eggplant and cucumber salad. Both of these latter dishes were absolutely tops, popping with flavor. The kebabs were tasty, with the same uniform seasoning on them all, of course. I'm pretty sure there is charcoal in the kitchen, which makes all the difference.

    Afterwards we took a spin by Gao's Kabobs which was even more crowded, with a very similar menu and better prices, so we'll be hitting that up soon to compare.

    I did take pictures, but with Google photos, I haven't been porting things over to an embeddable site :(

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