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Real Urban Barbecue

1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
+1 847-947-6474
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“burnt ends” (43 reviews)
“brisket” (55 reviews)
“beans” (14 reviews)
Opens in 23 min
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty good BBQ but WAY to expensive for a carry out lunch. $17 for sandwich, sm slaw and fries plus drink. Peach tea was absolutely delicious!

Thank Jumpinjak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Real Urban Barbecue, better known as RUB to locals, is a true gem of a barbeque place with superior quality from start to finish. Main items are all top quality and the variety of sides are the perfect compliment, and the desserts are standalone good...More

Thank scottagordonsg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got takeout for dinner and we wall loved our dinners. I got the Smokehouse Cobb Salad with Burnt Ends and it was delicious. The ribs, pork and all the sides were fantastic. Worth going!

Thank Deborah L
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This place is something of a contradiction. The food is pretty much anchored by first rate BBQ, but it is served up in an atmosphere of a school cafeteria. The "Pit Man" serves up the Que, but he's a bit hard to understand - wound...More

Thank Joecompute
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Close to my office during a training class, I’m a sucker (not an aficionado) for BBQ. I’m sure most would chastise me for being a heavy sauce user. The space is large and inviting. My brisket was good, but a little dry. Six different sauces,...More

Thank SidSidow
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Nice variety of meat products and tasty side dishes, as well. Burnt ends and Brisket among the best choices for entrees. i like the roasted brussel sprouts. Cafeteria style; take your tray down the line, ordering your meat, then sides. Good assortment of bottled sodas...More

Thank U5515NGjamess
Reviewed 3 July 2018

Great place for BBQ. I think it is the areas finest. for BBQ Great menu selection. I love their Beef Barley soup also. I always get the BBQ dinner with sides.

Thank Stan K
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Three couples had dinner on Sat. night. I had the dry rub ribs with spicey sauce on the side. Very good! Great slaw and beans too. I would recommend RUB!

Thank G0_Wild
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Good food, casual atmosphere. Kid friendly. Prices are a little high. In a strip mall off Milwaukee Avenue with good parking.

Thank cruiser4270
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Easy location, lots of seating and amazing food. Large menu with fresh everything, one of the best places I've tried and I love this location for it's homey feel and great service.

Thank bgskyman
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saundra f
4 December 2016|
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Response from SunKlub | Reviewed this property |
No falling off bone. Very tender.
autumn h
24 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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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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