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Robinson's No. 1 Ribs

Lincoln Park
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655 Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-1399
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Not bad for Food Court Food

Ate the half chicken special while waiting for my train to depart. The chicken was kinda dry but the BBQ sauce was tasty. Came with steak fries which weren't bad. I should have tried the ribs to see if they are really Number One! :-) Next time I am in the station I will!

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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English first
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Ate the half chicken special while waiting for my train to depart. The chicken was kinda dry but the BBQ sauce was tasty. Came with steak fries which weren't bad. I should have tried the ribs to see if they are really Number One! :-) Next time I am in the station I will!

Thank Laneshinkansen
Newport Beach, California
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I don't know why people don't like this place!! It's nothing nice, by any means, but for those nights you just want to bring out a bottle of wine and go eat at a super casual place it's great. They have consistently great ribs. I have been here probably about five times in the past month and each time it... More 

Thank DoubleV E
Royal Oak, Michigan
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

They had a stand at Hoptacular. It was dreadfully bad-shame on them for claiming to be #1 unless the metric is best at mashing mystery meat together into the shape of a fake pork rib. Read my other reviews they are normally very positive. This place flat out stinks. What a rip off.

Thank Wes J
Southeast, Michigan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I ordered through Grubhub and they delivered to my hotel faster than estimated. Sooo good the first time, I ordered again the next night, and found a food booth at McCormick place while working a trade show.. Everything I had was great, From the smoked sausage sandwhich, to the rib tips (hey I ordered combo dinners), to the chicken and... More 

Thank Jeffrey B
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I really enjoyed this place. Great friendly service and an amazing pulled pork sandwich. You'd expect the ribs to be near perfection, and they were, but the pulled pork surprised me. The sides could use a little more flair. Baked beans were disappointing but the meats were a solid 10. Very lean and perfectly cooked.

Thank JanMichell
Rochester, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The bar-b-que was good tasting, but the price was really high, and the bun was huge, taking away from the bar-b-que. The cole slaw was sour and the fries were soggy, I guess when you order to go, it doesn't matter.

Thank MilitaryMama4
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Could not be more wrong. Great back ribs, in a train station. Unbelievable. My wife had the BBQ pork sandwich, It also did not disappoint. If the BBQ was this good at in a "food court" in a train station there other restaurants must be something else.

Thank apcaruso
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Nice atmosphere. Good service. Great ribs and pulled pork! My four year old daughter described it as delish!

Thank d l
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I ordered beef ribs online, which were delivered to my hotel. One word: YECH. Well dried meat wrapped around some bones and covered with some mediocre sauce. I got onion rings on the side. A meager amount of mediocre rings. Not bad, but definitely not good. Oh, and there was "cornbread" with the meal. Hmmm. A smallish muffin thing, sweet,... More 

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Vista, California, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

After visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo this was a great stop for dinner. Ribs were great, wings were great, slaw was great, corn muffin was great, mac and cheese was average. Facilities are basic but more than adequate. Service was fine. Good BBQ is all that you need to read.

Thank VistaBob

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 655 Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: (312) 337-1399

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


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Staying in Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Profile
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.