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Real Urban Barbecue

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1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
10:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If BBQ meat is what gets your taste buds hopping, this is the place for you. They have mastered what every BBQ conosiuer would expect. many options and great sides. Casual attire with easy access and good parking.

Thank LoriProgar
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the smoked turkey and brisket. Portions were plenty and even better next day. Friendly and knowledgeable staff serving many people quickly. Menu boards make ordering easy.

Thank dskidmore
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

ordered catering for a picnic birthday for 40 people - food was excellent, delivered on time, steaming hot. Wonderful experience!

Thank Daiva C
60060, United States
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

When it comes to authentic BBQ this place is hands done one of our top places to go in the area. The food is fantastic, serves is terrific. Pulled Pork, Brisket, Smoked Sausage, you name it BBQ wise and the serve it. Several types of BBQ sauces to choose from. I like them alll depending on my mood. Try this... More 

Thank Mark G
Bristol, WI
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293 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I tried this place last week and I will definitely be back. I'm not a barbecue expert by any means, but the food was tasty and you got it without a wait. The place was packed at lunch time, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. You make your way to the back of the room and get a tray... More 

Thank sloomis31
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Had a nice Sunday lunch with a colleague. Fortunately we got there before the rush. The food was tasty and the portions were a good size. It is a little on the expensive side, but I guess it's worth it for that authentic BBQ taste. I definitely recommend.

Thank Stephen H
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

You won't be disappointed! Burnt ends, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Brisket Turkey......IT'S ALL GOOD! The ribs are a must....ask for them done to perfection......Sauce and dry rub! AWESOME!

Thank Jim T
1 review
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This a BBQ at its best. You cant go wrong on anything the cook up at Real Urban. Burnt Ends are my favorite. The Tilapia Fish Tacos are tasty too. Nice atmosphere and staff. Not a fan of the sauce squeeze bottles found at each table but do appreciate the roll of paper towel. 5 stars!

Thank Bill K
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

If you're looking for an authentic barbeque experience, you'll need to go elsewhere. If, however, you're looking for a place where your food is ready quickly and you like BBQ sauce, then you'll likely enjoy Real Urban Barbecue. There is a wide range of sides of Southern flavor and a healthy range of different meats available, but the flavor here... More 

Thank ViktorTrue
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Real BBQ is difficult to come by in the North. I am a student practitioner of the art of seasoning, salting and smoking meat, therefore I appreciate well prepared smoked food. I try to visit as many BBQ joints as possible to learn what works and what doesn't Some of my favorite places in the Chicago area that serve BBQ... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
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: 847-613-1227

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