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Lem's Bar-B-Q House

311 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619-2218
773-994-2428
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Ranked #1,244 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This modest shack is found in terra incognita for white folks - south of Hyde Park, off the map, on a convincingly sketchy stretch of 75th Street not far from other iconic soul food sources (e.g., Army & Lou's), and across the street from the "Cathedral of Love" Missionary Baptist Church. The location, the ambiance (see other reviews), and the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This place is for rib lovers. Ribs are cooked behind bullet proof glass, some of the best in Chicago ( the glass and the ribs). You pass your money through a turnstile and the ribs come to you through a larger turnstile. Everyone behind that glass is perfectly safe. Don’t worry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

this is a very good place to eat soon very good ribs ribs are superb and very tender a must have any time... I will go grab a order of ribs from here anytime of the day or night.....! # gr8t place for your budget. ..

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Fast service, need more parking, great atmosphere, great ribs and large quantity. Safe neighborhood, lots of family businesses in surrounding area and community policing.

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Live Oak, FL
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We heard that the ribs here were good so we went. It was in a poorer area of town and Lem's does not accept credit cards. Fortunately, we had enough cash. The ribs were delicious and tender. I am glad we were willing to drive south to go there. We did not eat in, just carried the food out. I... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

Was great in the 90's

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

When they are on, Lem's is near the top of the Chicago BBQ lexicon. They use an aquarium style smoker, that is all about the smoke interaction with the meat. Rib tips, ribs, and hot links are all recommended here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2008

It's a pork orgy in your mouth. Forgo the side dishes and stock up on hot tips and ribs. Absolutely unbelievable. Not to mention, I showed up two hours before Lem's opened, the guy came out to see what I wanted and accommodated my ignorance. Carnivores: Do not come to Chicago without leaving with a little bit of Lem's.

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