please check our hours for our current schedule. check back for updates soon!


we are not traditionalists. this is our take on barbecue. there is no sauce for the ribs, they’re not that kind of ribs. there is no barbecue sauce as you know it here. our sauces are house made. our “slaw” may be house pickled vegetables, & it’s a garnish. we put our heart and soul into every component of every dish. all that said, we think you’ll enjoy your meal as much as we enjoyed making it. if you have any allergies or dietary concerns, please let us know! we are smalls. smalls loves you.


we offer catering for parties large and small. regardless of size, we ensure that your event is given the same attention and care that we infuse into all that we do at smalls. contact us today to start planning.

special events

  • boxed lunches

  • corporate events

  • private parties

  • cocktail parties

  • weddings

  • festivals & fairs

who we are.

smalls is a smoke shack and much more brought to you by the folks from brown bag lunch truck. our combination of regional American bbq techniques and Asian comfort foods provide for a unique but familiar culinary experience. we are pleased to serve lunch and dinner 5 days a week, and weekend brunches. cozy dine in, carry out, and delivery (coming soon). you can also enjoy smalls dinner and brunch with our good friends and neighbors at the lizard lounge.

  • joaquin soler


    joaquin has spent most of his life in the kitchen. his professional experience includes sous chef at Rambutan, chef de cuisine at Ohba, and most recently chef/owner of Brown Bag Lunch Truck. he also spent time as a chef instructor at The Chopping Block. joaquin combines his vast knowledge of flavor and varied techniques to create the unique menu that is smalls. he doesn’t watch any food related television, but does have near encyclopedic knowledge of ’80s tv shows. he sometimes wishes he were a dj/turntablist, and supports Liverpool Football Club, the greatest team in the history of sports. you’ll never walk alone.

  • dan scesnewicz


    daniel scesnewicz is a seasoned operator with 20 plus years in the hospitality industry. his experience ranges from casual concept to fine dining. daniel was most recently a partner for Flemings Prime Steakhouse in Florida for six years and was recipient of Partner of The Year in 2011 as well as many other awards and accolades. Prior to his time in Florida, he spent time at Stefani’s, Souk, and Rambutan. He is a Certified Sommelier and moderately skilled chop stick practitioner. Daniel was born in Oak Park, grew up in Chicago and is an avid sports/beer fan.

contact us.


  • sunday - tuesday: closed
  • wednesday - friday: 11am-9pm
  • saturday: 11am-8pm