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Real Urban Barbecue

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610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
+1 224-770-4227
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Mundelein, Illinois
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96 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for BBQ this is the place in Highland Park. The food is excellent, and staff is very friendly. I love their BBQ beef and sides.

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Thank Stan K
Chicago, Illinois
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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has the best barbecue in hp. The pulled pork and macaroni are great. Also the banana pudding is great and fresh. Come here

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Thank Zach S
Highland Park, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

very good BBQ sandwiches .. add some sides like creamed spinach , Mac & Cheese or sweet Potato.. Also very good is their Fish Tacos . Friendly staff .. One of the best in the area.. if you want better drive to Memphis or Kansas City

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Thank dpint1300
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have visited all three locations of RUB and they are all great. I cannot even decide what to eat when I go there because I know whatever I do not eat I will be missing out on. All three locations are great. The new one in Oak Brook has the most space but the original in Highland Park still... More 

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Thank Eric H
Highland Park, Illinois
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158 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

To change things up, I had 1/2 chicken and my wife had the grilled portobello sandwich. My sides (creamed spinach and cherry cobbler) were great. The chicken was nicely seasoned and moist all the way through (not like some other places I've visited). My wife's sandwich was so tall she had to cut it into quarters to handle it. Always... More 

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Thank GerfnitAuthor
Nelson, New Zealand
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is our go to restaurant in Highland Park. My husband LOVES the burnt ends sandwich. I love the salad with BBQ chicken or just plain BBQ chicken. The portions are generous and the service is quick and easy.

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Thank Lynn R
Chicago
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Meats are great. Burnt ends (brisket done well, with no fat) are my fav. the chicken is done to perfection, even moist after delivery. Always difficult to choose sides, most are fabulous.

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Thank Shelly H
Chicago
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204 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This place has good BBQ and sides in a quick service atmosphere. Food is very good and the variety of sides is plentiful. They even make brussel sprouts.

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Thank busy_traveler
Deerfield, Illinois
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119 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This BBQ restaurant is ok in a pinch. Wish they would check out real BBQ made in Kansas City.food is fine considering they are located in the north suburbs, however food wise there is nothing that's great or outstanding.

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Thank jps819
Highland Park, Illinois
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158 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We needed dinner and something to warm our souls. RUB came to mind immediately. One full slab of baby back ribs done "Perfection" style with rub and sauce, plus a smoked turkey entree, both with two side dishes (creamed spinach, sweet potato casserole, peach cobbler and fries) did the job. Sometimes, a full stomach helps a person with emotional stress.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 224-770-4227

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?