Who We Are

Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed opened its doors in January 2013. In the decade since, we have become the hottest BBQ place in Lakeview. With a modern and casual décor, Milt’s is a great landing spot for couples, families, or solo travelers. We pride ourselves on being a melting pot of cultures and ideas. Everyone is welcome, and we aim to ensure that your visit is more than just a meal.

Our Food

Serving only the highest quality kosher meats, Milt’s assures a delectable experience. From our on-site smoked meats to our vegetarian options, you will be tempted by a variety of mouth-watering choices. Chef Gryka and our cooks have taken great effort to make this facility as accessible to as many as possible. We avoid trans-fats, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, and offer many gluten-free and celiac-friendly options.

Jeff Aeder


Jeff Aeder is co-founder and principal of JDI Realty, a small real estate firm that acquires a wide range of property types throughout the United States.

Chef Bryan Gryka

General Manager, Executive Chef

Chef Bryan Gryka has always considered food his passion. From an early age he was focused on providing

Ryan Evans


A native of Michigan, Ryan studied communication at Purdue University while working in various rolls of the

Rene Melo

Executive Sous Chef

Rene has been with Milt’s since the very beginning. As an industry professional with 20 years of experience

Kosher Certification*

Milt’s is the only certified kosher restaurant (under cRc supervision) in the near north side of Chicago.
* Kosher food is prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws.

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