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Real Urban Barbecue

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1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
11:00 - 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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New Haven, Connecticut
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135 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Unbelievable. The brisket is to just die for. So too the baked beans and who EVER thought I would be writing anything nice about Brussel sprouts. A myriad of sauces to try. This is real stick-to-your-ribs barbecue and some of the best I have ever had. Staff was warm and friendly, food was terrific. Open one in New England so... More 

Thank Steven K
Lincolnshire, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I often call a few minutes ahead for take-out ribs or beef brisket. Both are super and Real Urban is very popular. Side dishes are good but meat is tops on the menu.

Thank X7357DHjamesg
Chicago, Illinois
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2,505 reviews
1,963 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 423 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We had seen Real Urban Barbecue and we decided to give it a try to test their BBQ. We were not disappointed. Located in a small-to-medium-sized shopping center, there is plenty of parking. When you walk in, you will see a dessert display case. Work your way around that, but keep it in the back of your mind. The tables... More 

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mt prospect
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69 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

While out and about we came upon this bustling self serve restaurant. Menu boards overhead lend an array of choices that would satisfy the BBQ in all of us. I chose a cobb salad filled with the freshest vegetables, bacon, cheeses, turkey and a side of homemade blue cheese dressing. Though a bit pricey for self setve it was outstanding... More 

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Ribs are great dry or sauce or both. Lots of other menu choices but always get the ribs. For the same money you can go to a full service restaurant and feel like it was more a dining experience. Need to adjust pricing to fit style.

Thank SunKlub
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58 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I get a house salad with burnt ends - sooo good. They have candied walnuts and bacon to put on a salad soooo good. They have loaded nachos that look amazing. I only saw them after I ordered my salad. I am dying to try them. Definitely enough for 2-3 people. Lastly they have great desserts. Cake slices, cupcakes and... More 

Thank Kym D
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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85 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Following a local friend's and TripAdvisor's recommendations, we met friends at Real Urban Barbeque on the border between Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills. I ordered brisket as a sandwich. Hubby had it as a platter. Friends had turkey and sausage. Good meat and sides with the usual BBQ joint ambience (or lack thereof). The high-decibel stereo inside made it hard to... More 

Thank SantaFeSister
Lincolnshire, Illinois
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

I've been to so many BBQ places yet "RUB"--Real Urban BBQ offers the best mix of quality, valie, friendliness and choice I've encountered. Amazing variety of choices too--even their salads are awesome. It's a go-to place for us and a can't miss--great value for children too!

Thank TJC6252
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Go early! They make enough BBQ for one day so your choices are the best in early evening. Really good burnt ends. I also love the pulled pork. Hubby loves the ribs. Sides are a bit small but yummy.

Thank Elizabeth C
Sevierville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This place has the best burnt ends I have ever eaten. The ribs are also very tasty. I have had the brisket and it is very juicy and tasty. Lots of food for the money. Highly recommend.

Thank Cnote555

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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?