Lexington Betty Smokehouse, the barbecue food truck turned brick-and-mortar hotspot, opened its third location at the new Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall (1811 W. Harrison St.) on August 3, 2020. Helmed by married couple, Chef Dominique and Tanisha Leach, Lexington Betty Smokehouse offers a unique take on Chicago-style BBQ.
Influenced by the flavors and techniques of Central Texas and Memphis BBQ, the restaurant’s menu will feature its beloved comfort food staples, lauded smoked meats, and Chef Leach’s signature barbeque sauce inspired by Chicago’s mild sauce. Guests can expect favorites like Leach’s each applewood smoked pork, smoked chicken, and brisket as well as corn bread muffins, candied yams, and macaroni. Focusing on a lunch-driven menu, rotating specials will cater towards the crowds visiting and working in the Illinois Medical District.
Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall is part of this landmarked building’s transformative $150 million renovation by Murphy Real Estate Services, which also includes a 210-room Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotel, medical office space and a daycare center. The 10,000 sq. ft. food hall features a range of distinctive chef-driven vendors, an 800 sq ft outdoor patio, plus a vibrant bar and a lounge. The food hall is named in recognition of Dr. John B. Murphy, one of America’s preeminent pioneering surgeons through the turn of the last century who studied, interned and taught at Cook County Hospital.
To provide all with the utmost confidence in public dining after COVID-19, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall offers spacious seating areas, modular tables, outdoor dining space, integrated online ordering technology and a designated takeout/pickup area, plus contactless pay opportunities and more.
Lexington Betty Smokehouse will be open from Sunday – Thursday (11am-9pm) and Friday & Saturday (11am – 10:30pm). Guests can enjoy their orders to-go or in the food hall.