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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 good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“burnt ends” (41 reviews)
“brisket” (54 reviews)
“beans” (12 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The ribs are fall off the bone scrumptious. You can eat in or carry out. I also recommend the brisket and their pickles.

Thank Nadine M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

BBQ meats are very good. Wife had a chicken salad, and the chicken was shredded too much (but still tasted good). I would just stick with what they do best... The BBQ!

Thank Bret R
Reviewed 13 February 2018

We were there pretty early in the evening so there wasn't a line and service was good! The food choices were good but I thought the portions were a little small, I had brisket and ribs. He did weigh the portion so it must have...More

Thank Travelingfamily9799
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Sadly since my last review in 2013 Food quality has gone down hill. Biggest issue is they are selling chopped up brisket as burnt ends. This used to be there best product. Now instead of serving the crispy crusted tender burnt end, they now give...More

Thank BudD835
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Been here several times during family visits. The BBQ, particularly the burnt ends, ribs, brisket and chicken are good, and the many sides to pick from are good as well. The drawbacks are the long lines, cafeteria style ordering, pick up, and wait to pay,...More

Thank Randall L
Reviewed 26 December 2017

Good food, nice selection of side dishes. No table service, cafeteria style. Brisket was tender and very flavorful. Get there early to get “burnt ends”

Thank BatterySam
Reviewed 23 November 2017 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 8 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 31 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 17 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
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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, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating
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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