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Real Urban Barbecue

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$$ - $$$
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610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
+1 224-770-4227
11:00 - 21:00
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All hours
Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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190 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place has good BBQ and sides in a quick service atmosphere. Food is very good and the variety of sides is plentiful. They even make brussel sprouts.

Thank busy_traveler
Deerfield, Illinois
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102 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This BBQ restaurant is ok in a pinch. Wish they would check out real BBQ made in Kansas City.food is fine considering they are located in the north suburbs, however food wise there is nothing that's great or outstanding.

Thank jps819
Highland Park, Illinois
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143 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We needed dinner and something to warm our souls. RUB came to mind immediately. One full slab of baby back ribs done "Perfection" style with rub and sauce, plus a smoked turkey entree, both with two side dishes (creamed spinach, sweet potato casserole, peach cobbler and fries) did the job. Sometimes, a full stomach helps a person with emotional stress.

Thank GerfnitAuthor
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115 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Recently popped in . Three weeks ago. Tryed they're new burnt ends burrito. Nice concept but ice cold. This evening ordered brisket sandwich and as he pulled out to cut i could see it was Dry! Next time I'll say forget,something different! My daughters turkey sandwich very good. I'm posting hoping they'll read and fix . To get to those... More 

Thank sbord1
Chicago, Illinois
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173 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Since opening this location has always had a steady customer base. Easy to park BBQ menu is extensive -- order and move down the line. Fast, tasty and convenient. It is a regular choice of dining location for my wife and I. There are 3 Chicagoland locations. We frequent Highland Park and Vernon Hills. This is finger-licking good (and it's... More 

Thank Joel L
Chicago, Illinois
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122 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I would rate a 5, however, since opening and growing, their quality has gone down a bit. Beef brisket you name it they have it. Specials of the day are pretty good often times. Desserts are good. So are ice teas.

Thank Tasha T
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I had the best smoked brisket I have ever had. Delicious. They asked me if I wanted hot barbecue sauce or regular barbecue sauce. I didn't know so the guy put both on the brisket. I usually do not like spicy things but this sauce was outstanding. I should have eaten just half of the brisket and taken the other... More 

Thank Atalie B
Chicago, Illinois
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112 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Ive been going to RUB since they opened, great location and very nice indoor and outdoor space. RUB is always just ok. More often than not the brisket is dry. The ribs are a mystery -why do some places have nice, meaty ribs ( and I don't mean the St. louis ribs), and RUB ribs are usually scrawny, are they... More 

Thank rick422
Trinity, Florida
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95 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We had the pulled pork sandwiches. They were very good! Had the baked beans and potato salad. They were excellent. Highly recommend the baked beans. Prices are reasonable.

Thank Lou F
Highland Park, Illinois
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143 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

My wife and I both had really active and stressful mornings, so RUB was our go-to as a treat for lunch. One sliced smoke turkey sandwich with sides of sweet potato and green beans, one smoked sliced trey entree which includes 2 sides of fries and spinach. Larger side dishes make it more of a meal, generous amounts of meat... More 

Thank GerfnitAuthor

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 224-770-4227

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?