FOOD & DRINK
07/21/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

The 30 Best BBQ Restaurants In America, According To Open Table

America has a serious love affair with barbecue. It's an adoration so profound, the people were unable to leave it in the South from whence it came. You no longer have to live in Alabama or make a trip to Texas to eat great ribs, brisket, or awesome BBQ sides. These days, you can get great barbecue in the center of Manhattan or a pulled pork sandwich worthy of a food coma in the Golden City.

A look at Open Table's 2014 30 Best BBQ Restaurants Diners' Choice Awards is proof of that -- only a few restaurants on the list are actually located in the South. There are restaurants from both coasts, and a good amount hail from Chicago of all places. Fear not, this doesn't mean that the South isn't still top when it comes to barbecue. A more likely explanation would be that great Southern barbecue doesn't exist at places that take Open Table reservations.

Without further ado, here are the best BBQ restaurants in America (which accept reservations on Open Table).

  • 1 Annapolis Smokehouse – Annapolis, Maryland
    Annapolis Smokehouse
  • 2 Bluebird Barbecue – Burlington, Vermont
  • 3 Boneyard Bistro – Sherman Oaks, California
  • 4 Bobby Q – Phoenix, Arizona
    Flickr: Aubrey G.
  • 5 Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – Chicago, Illinois
  • 6 Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Yelp: Aubrey G.
  • 7 Chicago q – Chicago, Illinois
    Yelp: Christina S.
  • 8 Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café – Burbank, Illinois
  • 9 Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café – Darien, Illinois
    Yelp: Tim H.
  • 10 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Troy, New York
  • 11 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Harlem, New York
  • 12 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Rochester, New York
  • 13 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Brooklyn, New York
  • 14 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Buffalo, New York
  • 15 Freedmen’s – Austin, Texas
    Yelp: jerry M.
  • 16 The Granary `Cue & Brew – San Antonio, Texas
  • 17 Hill Country Barbecue Market – Washington, D.C.
  • 18 Iron Starr Urban Barbecue-OKC – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 19 Kenny’s Smoke House – Plano, Texas
    Yelp: Justin W.
  • 20 Lambert’s Downtown BBQ – Austin, Texas
  • 21 Montgomery Inn-At the Boathouse – Cincinnati, Ohio
    Yelp: Casey S.
  • 22 The Montgomery Inn-Original – Cincinnati, Ohio
    Yelp: Jordan C.
  • 23 Percy Street Barbecue – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 24 Gus’s BBQ – South Pasadena, California
    Yelp: Connie C.
  • 25 Naples Rib Company – Long Beach, California
    Yelp: Luke L.
  • 26 Piggyback Tavern – Forest Park, Illinois
    Yelp: My Bizzy K.
  • 27 Russell’s Smokehouse – Denver, Colorado
    Yelp: Randy B.
  • 28 Southpaw BBQ – San Francisco, California
    Yelp: Tammy C.
  • 29 Sweet T’s Restaurant + Bar – Santa Rosa, California
    Yelp: Danielle M.
  • 30 Wexler’s – San Francisco, California
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