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Real Urban Barbecue

1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
+1 847-947-6474
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“burnt ends” (43 reviews)
“brisket” (55 reviews)
“beans” (14 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
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1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here many times the burnt ends are delicious Also ribs and pork sandwich is incredible but one of their best items is the whole chicken Moist juicy and very tasty On the sides try the sweet potato with marshmallow and the corn fritters or...More

Thank I5328XMpatriklise
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A new BBQ place opened in VH recently and I wanted to compare them. Real Urban BBQ still has best BBQ around. The menu options are extensive, the pricing is appropriate and even the atmosphere is right. For about $9 I got way too much...More

Thank 41christined
Reviewed 28 October 2018

A restaurant that looks fun but the cook simply grabbed ribs and reheated them on the open flame. However, the ribs were not reheated enough and the food was cold. The sides tasted and looked like they had been sitting out all day. Was very...More

Thank keithV9119NU
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Pretty good BBQ but WAY to expensive for a carry out lunch. $17 for sandwich, sm slaw and fries plus drink. Peach tea was absolutely delicious!

Thank Jumpinjak
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Real Urban Barbecue, better known as RUB to locals, is a true gem of a barbeque place with superior quality from start to finish. Main items are all top quality and the variety of sides are the perfect compliment, and the desserts are standalone good...More

Thank scottagordonsg
Reviewed 12 September 2018

We got takeout for dinner and we wall loved our dinners. I got the Smokehouse Cobb Salad with Burnt Ends and it was delicious. The ribs, pork and all the sides were fantastic. Worth going!

Thank Deborah L
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This place is something of a contradiction. The food is pretty much anchored by first rate BBQ, but it is served up in an atmosphere of a school cafeteria. The "Pit Man" serves up the Que, but he's a bit hard to understand - wound...More

Thank Joecompute
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Close to my office during a training class, I’m a sucker (not an aficionado) for BBQ. I’m sure most would chastise me for being a heavy sauce user. The space is large and inviting. My brisket was good, but a little dry. Six different sauces,...More

Thank SidSidow
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Nice variety of meat products and tasty side dishes, as well. Burnt ends and Brisket among the best choices for entrees. i like the roasted brussel sprouts. Cafeteria style; take your tray down the line, ordering your meat, then sides. Good assortment of bottled sodas...More

Thank U5515NGjamess
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Great place for BBQ. I think it is the areas finest. for BBQ Great menu selection. I love their Beef Barley soup also. I always get the BBQ dinner with sides.

Thank Stan K
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saundra f
3 December 2016|
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Response from SunKlub | Reviewed this property |
No falling off bone. Very tender.
autumn h
23 July 2015|
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Response from debra334 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know so I went to their website and it appears as though they only do delivery of catering orders.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Vernon Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 847-947-6474
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Real Urban Barbecue has four Chicagoland locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave.), Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive) and Skokie, IL (5328 W. Touhy Ave). Real Urban Barbecue specializes in dine in, carryout, and private or corporate catering. Their menu features homemade BBQ sauce and slow-smoked items like their famous burnt ends, award winning ribs, pulled pork, turkey, brisket and chicken, all slowly rotated on 11 Cookshack smokers capable of smoking 12,000 pounds of meat daily. RUB also offers sandwiches, fresh salads, comfort sides… And come for the barbecue, stay for the dessert! Real Urban Barbecue has recently expanded their spread of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth courtesy of the Real Urban Bakery.
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