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Real Urban Barbecue

610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
+1 224-770-4227
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“burnt ends” (24 reviews)
“brisket” (38 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
610 Central Ave Ste 177, Inside Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, IL 60035-5608
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This cafeteria style eatery offered tasty food with liberal offerings for the money. The atmosphere was informal and friendly. But the sequence of events to place your order and to pay and to actually obtain your food was convoluted, confusing and frustrating. There was kind...More

Thank Larry P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

lots of great BBQ items here, but definitely a little on the expensive side! the sweet potato soufflé is awesome, the burnt end are very good, as are the ribs and the salad with smoked turkey..great stuff

Thank barrybS4755SL
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Flat out one of the best BBQ places we have ever seen- and we have lived down the street from Armadillo Willy's in Mountain View, CA., as well as being from Buffalo- so, we know food. The only thing missing from the perfect meal was...More

Thank ERGI112358
Reviewed 5 March 2017

If you are looking for BBQ this is the place in Highland Park. The food is excellent, and staff is very friendly. I love their BBQ beef and sides.

Thank Stan K
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This place has the best barbecue in hp. The pulled pork and macaroni are great. Also the banana pudding is great and fresh. Come here

Thank Zach S
Reviewed 19 February 2017

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...More

Thank dpint1300
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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...More

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 9 February 2017

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...More

Thank GerfnitAuthor
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
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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