Carson's Restaurant | River North | Barbecue/Ribs, Steaks/Lobster | Restaurant
Wells Street location for ribs, steaks, and good-value, well-packaged carryout.

Our Review

With the smiley-face yellow of its logo, mansard roof, and funky stucco exterior, Carson’s would make a good setting for an episode of That 70s Show. But let’s face it, you don’t go to Carson’s for the decor. You go for the meat, and they got it, baby, along with some surprisingly good seafood (notably, the shrimp de jonghe and tasty crab cakes). We had a prime New York strip with “charcrust,” a peppery rub that enhances the butteriness of this slice of steer. The BBQ sampler lets you nibble ribs, chicken, and the legendary pork chop, all in Carson’s sauce, which is more vinegary than sweet, with a bite of clove and a lick of molasses that complements the superrich, generous servings of meat. These are high-quality ribs, very meaty and well prepared, with clean natural flavors. But my absolute favorite is the tips, which aren't on the menu and are available only by request. We got a side that was larger than a full order at most rib joints, a gorgeous smoke ring encircling each segment, rather lean for tips but outstandingly flavorful and juicy—wow.

David Hammond

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