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Papa Willie’s BBQ’s signature dish is its Bag o’ Ribs ($14 for a half slab, $24 for a full slab), covered in the barbecue sauce that owner Brian Merel’s uncle makes. Photos by Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media
The restaurant offers a seasonal salad ($9) filled with baby field greens, charred corn, candied pecans, dried cranberries, queso fresco and topped with a roasted shallot cranberry white balsamic vinaigrette.
The possum pie ($6), served in a mason jar, has a thick oreo crust, and is filled with a chocolate hazelnut cream, chocolate cream pudding, whipped cream and crumbled hazelnut pirouline cookies.
Uncle JJ’s blueberry crumb pie ($6) has a buttery graham cracker crust, a wild blueberry filling and a sweet cream cheese lemon zest layer, topped with graham cracker clusters.
Peter Kaspari, Contributing Editor
6:54 am CST November 8, 2019
When Brian Merel opened up Papa Willie’s BBQ in Highwood last month, he had no idea how popular it would end up being.