South-side rib joint with affable service and BBQ best avoided.
Michigan Avenue location of an upmarket chain of American restaurants.
One of the best barbecue joints in the city, with particularly excellent hot links. Cash only.
Cheap, good barbecue in Morgan Park.
Above-average barbecue joint in the south suburbs.
Family-style barbecue joint on Harlem Avenue.
Wells Street location for ribs, steaks, and good-value, well-packaged carryout.
Cash-only, carryout-only barbecue.
Loud, rude, raucous, and proud of it. Beer by the quart, BBQ by the bucket.
Barbecue across from the City North 14 movie theater.
Sports bar and restaurant offering burgers, ribs, and a few more exotic specialties; late-night delivery.
Family-friendly restaurant known for its Chicago-style ribs.
A delicious-smelling haze wafts across George's parking lot. Inside all signs indicate an artist at work who cannot abide distractions: "Please do not use cellular phones in the rib house," it says on the bulletproof glass barrier. Behind the counter, owner George Rogers keeps a plastic elephant—a replica of a brass model he says Ronald Reagan sent him as thanks for the large orders of pork his staffers regularly picked up. His ribs and tips are in fact luscious. All the elements of crispiness, fattiness, and juiciness are in perfect proportion, and accented by the salty rub he uses. There's just one thing missing: smoke. George openly admits that he uses only lump charcoal—no wood—for the following reason: "Logs got worms and insects. I don't want to bring 'em in." —Mike Sula
Barbecue, rib tips, dogs, sandwiches, salads, and wraps in the old Hecky's space.
Robert Adams and family's excellent wood-smoked barbecue.
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