By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 11, 2021 at 2:32 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

In February, we announced the news that Darnell Ashley, owner of Ashley's Bar-B-Que would be opening a new full service eatery in the Harambee Neighborhood. Read more about the Q concept here.

Those plans have come to fruition, and Q is slated to open its doors to the public at 2730 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr. Dr. on Thursday, May 13 beginning at 4 p.m.

The restaurant, which will be operated by Ashley with the help of industry veteran, Tina Wesley, will offer a menu of comfort food staples and award-winning barbeque for both lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Darnell Ashley and Tina Wesley
Darnell Ashley and Tina Wesley

On the menu

Q’s lunch menu includes soups and salads, plus a variety of sandwiches from po’boys (catfiish or shrimp; $12-$14) and barbeque (pulled pork or brisket, $12-14) to burgers (beef or vegan, $11), along with a chicken and waffle sandwich featuring fried chicken sandwiched between two savory waffles and topped with a touch of maple syrup ($12); and The Prince, a masterpiece of a sandwich featuring chopped steak, lamb, cucumber sauce, mixed peppers, mayonnaise, fried onions and shredded cheese piled high on a hoagie roll ($15).

Meanwhile, dinner options include starters like bourbon glazed pork belly over fries ($11); Southern fried or buttery cajun chicken wings (six for $8 or 10 for $12); vegan boneless wings (with BBQ, Buffalo or Asian Style Sauce) for $9.

There will be barbequed pork shoulder and beef brisket served with a choice of sides, cornbread and Q’s BBQ sauce ($19-21), along with fettuccine alfredo pasta (regular or cajun spiced for $16, add chicken +$3, shrimp +$5, or shrimp and lobster +$7); and grilled, smothered or Southern fried pork chops with sides ($16). 

Seafood offerings include shrimp and lobster macaroni and cheese ($20); salmon croquettes with two sides ($13); shrimp and grits served with cheesy white grits, grilled shrimp and creole sauce ($15); and Q’s Special From the Sea featuring pan-fried catfish and shrimp in creamy white sauce ($15).

Meanwhile, desserts include caramel cake, chocolate cake, peach cobbler, sundaes or shakes ($5-$6).  

Forthcoming daily specials include Tuesday build-your-own macaroni and cheese; Wednesday gumbo; Thursday Fred Flinstone (beef ribs); Friday fish fry; Saturday smothered lamb over rice; and Sunday soul food.

View the full menu online and follow Q on Facebook for updates.

Beginning May 14, Q will be open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Carry-out will also be available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.