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Real Urban Barbecue

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
+1 224-770-4227
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

very good BBQ sandwiches .. add some sides like creamed spinach , Mac & Cheese or sweet Potato.. Also very good is their Fish Tacos . Friendly staff .. One of the best in the area.. if you want better drive to Memphis or Kansas City

Thank dpint1300
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited all three locations of RUB and they are all great. I cannot even decide what to eat when I go there because I know whatever I do not eat I will be missing out on. All three locations are great. The new one in Oak Brook has the most space but the original in Highland Park still... More 

Thank Eric H
Highland Park, Illinois
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154 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To change things up, I had 1/2 chicken and my wife had the grilled portobello sandwich. My sides (creamed spinach and cherry cobbler) were great. The chicken was nicely seasoned and moist all the way through (not like some other places I've visited). My wife's sandwich was so tall she had to cut it into quarters to handle it. Always... More 

Thank GerfnitAuthor
Nelson, New Zealand
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is our go to restaurant in Highland Park. My husband LOVES the burnt ends sandwich. I love the salad with BBQ chicken or just plain BBQ chicken. The portions are generous and the service is quick and easy.

Thank Lynn R
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Meats are great. Burnt ends (brisket done well, with no fat) are my fav. the chicken is done to perfection, even moist after delivery. Always difficult to choose sides, most are fabulous.

Thank Shelly H
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204 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This place has good BBQ and sides in a quick service atmosphere. Food is very good and the variety of sides is plentiful. They even make brussel sprouts.

Thank busy_traveler
Deerfield, Illinois
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119 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This BBQ restaurant is ok in a pinch. Wish they would check out real BBQ made in Kansas City.food is fine considering they are located in the north suburbs, however food wise there is nothing that's great or outstanding.

Thank jps819
Highland Park, Illinois
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154 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We needed dinner and something to warm our souls. RUB came to mind immediately. One full slab of baby back ribs done "Perfection" style with rub and sauce, plus a smoked turkey entree, both with two side dishes (creamed spinach, sweet potato casserole, peach cobbler and fries) did the job. Sometimes, a full stomach helps a person with emotional stress.

Thank GerfnitAuthor
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115 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Recently popped in . Three weeks ago. Tryed they're new burnt ends burrito. Nice concept but ice cold. This evening ordered brisket sandwich and as he pulled out to cut i could see it was Dry! Next time I'll say forget,something different! My daughters turkey sandwich very good. I'm posting hoping they'll read and fix . To get to those... More 

Thank sbord1
Chicago, Illinois
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173 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Since opening this location has always had a steady customer base. Easy to park BBQ menu is extensive -- order and move down the line. Fast, tasty and convenient. It is a regular choice of dining location for my wife and I. There are 3 Chicagoland locations. We frequent Highland Park and Vernon Hills. This is finger-licking good (and it's... More 

Thank Joel L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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: +1 224-770-4227

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?