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Real Urban Barbecue

610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
+1 847-947-6474
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“burnt ends” (25 reviews)
“brisket” (38 reviews)
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610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

Several friends met for lunch. Brisket sandwich with a side of slaw was very tasty. Chicken sandwich was tasty.

Thank Slumdog2015
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Learning that DoorDash delivers RUB to my house has significantly reduced my smoking meats at home. Everything on the menu is well prepared. The ribs and smoked turkey are the standouts in my opinion. Service in the restaurant for dine-in or take-away is quick.

Thank thegoofrules
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Burnt ends!! Yummm!! Delicious smoked BBQ meaty goodness!! Bring your friends, bring your family, tell the neighbors!!

Thank Tarah H
Reviewed 10 July 2017

There is enough variety here that everyone will find something that looks tasty. From kids to grandmas, the choices will please. The sides are plentiful and not your standard fare. We like to go here before seeing a show at the Marriott Lincolnshire.

Thank cwgreene
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Fast cafeteria style service, with lots of good BBQ options and sides. Best value for money in HP when it come to BBQ.

Thank Jurgen P
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This cafeteria style eatery offered tasty food with liberal offerings for the money. The atmosphere was informal and friendly. But the sequence of events to place your order and to pay and to actually obtain your food was convoluted, confusing and frustrating. There was kind...More

Thank Larry P
Reviewed 22 May 2017

lots of great BBQ items here, but definitely a little on the expensive side! the sweet potato soufflé is awesome, the burnt end are very good, as are the ribs and the salad with smoked turkey..great stuff

Thank barrybS4755SL
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Flat out one of the best BBQ places we have ever seen- and we have lived down the street from Armadillo Willy's in Mountain View, CA., as well as being from Buffalo- so, we know food. The only thing missing from the perfect meal was...More

Thank ERGI112358
Reviewed 5 March 2017

If you are looking for BBQ this is the place in Highland Park. The food is excellent, and staff is very friendly. I love their BBQ beef and sides.

Thank Stan K
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

This place has the best barbecue in hp. The pulled pork and macaroni are great. Also the banana pudding is great and fresh. Come here

Thank Zach S
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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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: +1 847-947-6474
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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