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“We eat here when we have a taste for great smoked BBQ!!!”

Real Urban Barbecue
Ranked #6 of 106 Restaurants in Highland Park
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Northbrook, Illinois
Level Contributor
69 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“We eat here when we have a taste for great smoked BBQ!!!”
Reviewed September 2, 2014

From the brisket, chicken to all the side dishes, this place is outstanding. Juicy chicken, spicy hot links, yummy brisket.. everything we've had is outstanding. The guys who take care of you are always so nice.the sides are many, but we usually get mac & cheese , cole slaw and green beans. All great. They have some yummy looking desserts, but we have never indulged!

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Glencoe, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best Barbeque on the North Shore”
Reviewed September 2, 2014

We ordered the Ribs and the pulled pork sandwiches. both were fantastic. We ate right there on their porch. Everyone enjoyed what they had.

Visited August 2014
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Glenview, Illinois
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188 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great brisket sandwich”
Reviewed August 20, 2014

Had lunch with friends recently. Dined on the patio outside which was so pleasant. Pleasant Oder takers. Enjoyed a delicious larger brisket sandwich. Many other great choices to pick from. It was a enjoyable experience and would definitely return.

  • Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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126 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Perfect for a fix of BBQ when you dont want to travel”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

We're no BBQ experts, but we do love it and have tried many of the BBQ places around Chicago. Real Urban is good, we will go back because its close to home, but its not our favorite for any of the mainstays. The brisket is tasty but usually too dry... go to Smoque. The ribs are just ok, not as meaty as Fat Willsy or Smoke Daddy, and sauces are a personal preference.. I could eat a 1/2 order at RUBBQ, but never a full slab like I have elsewhere. RUBBQ does have a great setting, nicer than the palces we like better. Interior is attractive, and one of the best outdoor pation anywhere.. on a veranda, covered, and quiet... so decent BBQ , close to home and great setting will keep it on our "need a BBQ fix" list. Its self service, but the staff is friendly and efficient.

  • Visited July 2014
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Rosemount
1 review
“Disappointed with Urban BBQ”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

Some in our party had Burnt Ends and said the signature dish was very good. I ordered a combo with pork rib and BBQ sausage. The rib were literally the worst I've ever had. Dry and tough which is unforgivable in any BBQ house. Sausage tasted like a hot dog with BBQ sauce. Sides were small and marginal at best. I went in hungry and most of the food was on my plate when they took it away. No one asked me about my meal.

  • Visited July 2014
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