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Real Urban Barbecue

1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
+1 847-947-6474
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burnt ends” (38 reviews)
“brisket” (50 reviews)
“smoked turkey” (9 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw this place while driving by on a business trip and decided to stop for lunch. All I can say is: What a find! It’s crazy busy at lunch and I now know why. (Didn’t take long to get served-they work fast.) This is BBQ...More

Thank Stevikins
Reviewed 7 September 2017

good bbq brisket and burnt ends not to forget the chicken and the ribs. corn bread is delicious. no other bbq house near my area...reasonably price. family restaurant.

Thank victoriadel
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I have tried this place twice, since other people in our party like it - but I don't get their affection. It's cafeteria style, where you move along the tray line and select your meat and other options, drinks, etc; then pick your table and...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Only ate here one time. With a long line(and I do not know why, we finally got our food. At best it was just ok. I do not know what the big deal is with this place. I will not return. Not cheap and just...More

Thank allenw78
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

I've lived in the city all of my life; I recently moved out to Vernon Hills and really wanted to eat some really good BBQ; my friends and I met here and ordered a few things brisket, ribs and the pulled pork. Unfortunately it was...More

Thank Carmen G
Reviewed 18 July 2017

My wife and I ordered ribs, burnt ends, beans, and baked corn. The ribs were well seasoned, the burnt ends were tasty, and the beans were very good. The golden corn bake was not up to the excellent standard of the other dishes. Several BBQ...More

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

I ordered some great ribs, and no sooner was I seated, about 20 people were in line. I was surprised - I must have hit the lull - great choices in a very nice setting.

Thank Todd A
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

All the meats are good but all tend to have a heavy smoke flavor which to some is overwhelming. Burnt ends are good but not consistent, some times they are lean and other times they are fatty. Never the same on each visit. I tend...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I ordered Mac & Cheese + Tips and a Salad + Brisket and they gave me Mac & Cheese + Brisket and Salad + Tips. Not good. I sent them an email expecting to get a least an "we're sorry" or at best a coupon...More

Thank dkaplan435
Reviewed 10 July 2017

if you are interested in fast food BBQ, this is the place to go. service is ok and the food is ok, we got the 3 meats(ribs, brisket and pork) the brisket was dry, the pork was ok but the rib was good if you...More

Thank 2bumdrifters
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Questions & Answers
saundra f
3 December 2016|
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Response from SunKlub | Reviewed this property |
No falling off bone. Very tender.
autumn h
23 July 2015|
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Response from debra334 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know so I went to their website and it appears as though they only do delivery of catering orders.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Vernon Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 847-947-6474
  • E-mail
Real Urban Barbecue has four Chicagoland locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave.), Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive) and Skokie, IL (5328 W. Touhy Ave). Real Urban Barbecue specializes in dine in, carryout, and private or corporate catering. Their menu features homemade BBQ sauce and slow-smoked items like their famous burnt ends, award winning ribs, pulled pork, turkey, brisket and chicken, all slowly rotated on 11 Cookshack smokers capable of smoking 12,000 pounds of meat daily. RUB also offers sandwiches, fresh salads, comfort sides… And come for the barbecue, stay for the dessert! Real Urban Barbecue has recently expanded their spread of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth courtesy of the Real Urban Bakery.
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