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Fat Willy's Rib Shack

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2414 W Schubert Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
+1 773-782-1800
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I do not eat meat but love this place for the formerly BBQ shrimp that now is grilled shrimp in a tasty garlic butter sauce that is delicious on its own and even better when dipped into their creamy BBQ sauce. The sides of sweet potato tots with a garlic parmesan sauce and mac and cheese were... More 

Thank hymark
Chicago, Illinois
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2,445 reviews
1,353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,556 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Fat Willy's Rib Shack is the kind of old-time BBQ restaurant that you see on almost every corner in the South. And we are beginning to see more and more of them in the Chicago area. Fat Willy's offers southern cooking and a full bar in a funky, no-frills setting with tables and a porch. Located at 2416 West Schubert... More 

Thank Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We went to celebrate my son birthday to fat willy's, he really likes bbq ribs, I thought that with the fame that the restaurant has been getting the food will be good.... I went before and the taste wasn't that good. I assumed that the food had gotten better. But I just didn't find it good. The service was very... More 

Thank memochciago
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129 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

This is the place for delicious baby back ribs and pull pork sandwiches. Prices are decent and the food is just outstanding.

Thank Torres Consulti... F
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Delicious baby back ribs along with collard greens and sweet potato.My niece had pulled pork with beans and texas toast.

Thank Marykins33
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102 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

We found this place probably about 10 years ago, and it was always a favorite. We have watched the prices climb to absurdity. Mac and cheese was a splurge, but now at 14 dollars and smaller and not nearly as good as use to be. A Small side salad is now $7, and is absolutely nothing but lettuce and a... More 

Thank QBT
Chicago, Illinois
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

We came here after watching a movie and the food is excellent but the prices was not. The ribs are tender and the brisket was delicious but the side order were a bit small even though you had many to choose from. I haven't seen prices like this since being stuck at the airport. You can find the same quality... More 

Thank richj65
Fountain, Colorado
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015 via mobile

Wife and I were going to the movies and Fat Willy's was across the street, so we popped in for late lunch. Nice place, very casual. Very friendly staff and servers. Food was good - I had the brisket and there was a lot of it, you could share with someone else! My wife and the baby back ribs and... More 

Thank SWWolfe
New York, New York, United States
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155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015 via mobile

So far Chicago has the Saint Louis at smoque bbq as it's winner Q. Been around town and so far the Saint Louis at smoque are special and should be had when Q hunting in the windy city. Fat Willys is a good local going for sweet rub glazed ribs. The cooking is right and the flavors are a solid... More 

Thank Edan M
Highland, Indiana
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

I fail to understand how anyone can keep a foodproduct in their name, yet not ensure its excellence. If you cant make ribs, what of your other products? The young lady at the counter was very friendly. The baby back ribs I took home were under-cooked, and the meat was flavorless. The meat of those ribs is supposed to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2414 W Schubert Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-782-1800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?