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“Have you tried the River Bender?”
Review of Steamboat BBQ

Steamboat BBQ
Ranked #1 of 138 Restaurants in Wheaton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$22
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: This is where Steamboat BBQ got started. With the promise of producing the finest BBQ in the Chicagoland area, we took this little location and kept that promise. Producing top-quality BBQ everyday is our passion. Getting involved in our community is our goal. Consistency is our mantra. We love what we do and can only hope that you love how it tastes. Come on down to Steamboat BBQ - Wheaton, Illinois
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Chicago isn't known as a town for barbecue, not like Austin or Memphis or Kansas City or St. Louis, but there are more BBQ restaurants than you can shake a brunt end or rip tip at. In the western suburbs, one of the most popular is Steamboat BBQ at 322 East Geneva Road, east of North Main Street, in Wheaton. They serve authentic southern style BBQ with a wide selection of sauces. They specialize in smoked meats, cooked 12 to 14 hours daily using fresh-cut hickory wood and spice blends. And you can order any cuisine you desire--BBQ, American, Cajun, Creole or Southern. You can order BBQ dinners from the pit, seafood, ribs, burgers and sandwiches. They also offer an exceptional array of sides, including creamy cole slaw, cornbread, hand-cut French fries, Southwest sweet corn, smoky pit beans, smoky bacon potato salad, onion rings and mac and cheese bites. My wife and I, a couple of 76-year-old retirees, are just getting used to barbecue. But the more we indulge, the more we like it. At Steamboat BBQ, our favorites are the three-meat BBQ combo (brisket, pulled pork, rib tips), St. Louis style ribs, hickory smoked pulled pork, hickory smoked beef brisket sandwich, jumbo coconut breaded shrimp and the River Bender, a hand ground Angus beef brisket patty seasoned and char-grilled and topped with BBQ sauce, melted cheddar cheese and pulled pork. If you speak with a southern accent, you probably will favor the hand breaded southern fried catfish dinner or sandwich. Chances are you'll want to take home a pound of BBQ, either pulled pork or brisket. It's hard to say "no" to smoked barbecue.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

They have a smoker in house. They have a number of different sauces. They have most of the traditional dishes. Everything has been very good.

Thank Richard L
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

We chose Steamboat barbecue because we had someone that was gluten intolerant in our party and they were the only barbecue place in the area that could guarantee safe food. The meat is very good (and of course that is why one goes to a barbecue place.) The sauces leave something to be desired - they are all too sweet and not really so very different from each other. They had two sauces on the menu that they hadn't had in the restaurant for a year. Luckily you can get the meat "naked" so you don't have to worry about bad sauce.

There is no service, you go up to a window to order and to pick up your food, which is fine. The fried pcikles were good and the basket of sweet potato fries was gigantic, but the choices for sides were all those typical barbecue place things like cole slaw and potato salad. (Not my kind of thing.) They were also out of the St. Louis style ribs when I was there so I got baby back, but I thought they were a little dry. (Yes, I ate them without sauce as I do at all barbecue places.)

The place is also rather small - so if you have a large group you may have to eat outside.

You can tell the place is well loved though from all the people that arrive for take out orders! So clearly tastes differ!

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Pulled pork and brisket are my favorites at Steamboats. Have been there many times and it's always great. This place is as good as any I have gone to in South Carolina. Try to visit at off hours. Very busy but worth it.

Thank JV K
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john b, Owner at Steamboat BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

JV, Thank you! We are working hard at it....

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Don't let the location deter you. Eat in or carry out the best BBQ around. I got the pulled pork. The brisket looked great. Can't go wrong with anything you try.

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Thank david s
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john b, Owner at Steamboat BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

David, we are cooking it fresh daily! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hole in the Wall...yep.
thank you!

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