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Robinson's #1 Ribs - South Canal

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225 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606-5702
+1 312-258-8477
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 19:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Beans and bbq was real good and not overly priced. only con was the slaw, it was good but put in a ketchup to go size cup, maybe had 1 big bite or 2 small ones. I would go back again next time.

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Thank Kevin M
Owosso, Michigan
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75 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This restaurant in located in the food court at Union Station. However you do not have to be taking a train to enjoy this hidden jewel. Robinson's has a huge menu of all your BBQ favorites. I tried one of my favorite foods pulled pork sandwich. I received a hot mound of pulled pork on a delicious fresh bun smothered... More 

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51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

The fries were great but you didn't get much. The ribs are a generous portion but they were very tough and I wasn't a huge fan of the sauce. These were not fall off the bone ribs, there were more like rib jerky. My wife had the burger and she wasn't all that crazy about it either. I was hoping... More 

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Thank bikerdude39
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

We were forced to go up to the food court at Union Station, since the Metro Deli closed. We had an uncomfortable pause waiting for the young girl to pull herself away from her phone to wait on us. My burger was burnt, and my wife's chicken was bland. Not good at all.

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Thank Antityco
Columbus, Ohio
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167 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

Friendly service, great menu, good, good eatin'! Robinson's is well known for their generous servings of ribs and rib tips, fried fish, smoked sausages, just to name a few items. Everything is cooked to order and there is plenty of seating in the food court conveniently located nearby. I was so busy eating that I forgot to snap a picture!... More 

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Thank LDIANA P
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

I ate the half chicken special while waiting for my train to depart. Chicken was kind of dry but the sauce help. Steak fries were good as well as the cole slaw. They advertised buns with the meal but gave me 'off the shelf ' bread instead. Guess I should have had the ribs instead! Next time!

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Thank Laneshinkansen
Forest City, Iowa
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015

The pork chop sandwich was very dry and bland. The pulled pork that my son ordered was awful. They only had one slice of sweet potato pie and it was not fresh made. A simply horrible dining experience.

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Thank Daniel H
Locust Grove, Virginia
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

My husband and I were leaving Chicago for our home in Virginia we hadn't been successful in finding a soul food restaurant but had seen the Trip Advisor review for Robinson's. We had a long train ride 23 hours so I had visions of boxed barbeque. We ordered a slab of ribs, beans, chocolate caramel and lemon cake. They cut... More 

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Thank dmlovelace
Lansing, Michigan
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

If you are in Union Station and tired of national chains, go upstairs to the food court to Robinson's Ribs. The quick service, reasonable prices, and most of all the tastiness of the food make up for the food court atmosphere.

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Thank janb9
Seattle, Washington
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51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Rules for BBQ Ribs -- if they aren't smoked on-site, DO NOT order the ribs. I'm was born in Kansas City, I know BBQ and I like many different styles from KC to Memphis to the mustard-based Carolina-style. But yes, I did look longingly at the 2# box of rib tips. But I just need lunch and I'm getting on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
American, Fast food, Barbecue
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
Monday
09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:00
Friday
09:00 - 19:00
Saturday
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606-5702
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighbourhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-258-8477

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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