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Ray's Chicago BBQ

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870 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3010
+1 815-814-8488
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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DeKalb, Illinois
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2014

I asked for a recommendation and it was treated with a shoulder shrug followed by a lack luster response. BBQ folks are usually passionate about their food. Once I tried the ribs I realized why. I also have tried the pulled pork which is a better selection. over all the portions are not great for the tall dollars they ask... More 

Thank pjmprz
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2014

The menu at Ray's may be a bit limited, but it is a BBQ lovers dream. I had the brisket my husband the ribs. Both were very tender. The sandwich was heaped with meat and had just the right amount of smoky sauce. (Extra was available.) The decor is rustic Texas ranch house...which leads to my only question: Why a... More 

Thank Bev B
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2014

We were anxious for this place to open since we love good Bar BQ. Our first trip was our last. The ribs were dry and hard with no seasoning. The sauce was bland and the fries were so greasy they were limp. I waited 30 minutes for my carryout order and I was the only one in the store. The... More 

Thank RozfromIL
The Villages, Florida
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

Ribs Are Very Good And On My List As Third Best In The World. Third to a place down in Florida and A place in Naperville IL. The BBQ sauce is very good and ribs would have been best if meat would have fell off bone like other two places. But all n all when in DeKalb IL you will... More 

Thank ccawalleye2002
dekalb, illinois
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320 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

Went on a summer Monday evening at about 7.00 PM We were the only people in the place. Since we were the only ones there the 'atmosphere' was quiet, or dead. Food was expensive and the quality was poor. Ribs' meat was tough and the 'pulled chicken' was relatively tasteless. I suspect this place will not last very long.

Thank peter t
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Since Al's closed down, and another place came and went, we have been without BBQ in DeKalb. After being open for a couple of months, I decided to check Ray's out for lunch with a friend who grew up in North Carolina, very familiar with pulled pork. I had heard it was expensive, but less as to whether it was... More 

Thank MarkMDeKalb_IL

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 870 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3010
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DeKalb
  • Phone Number: +1 815-814-8488

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?