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Big Ed's Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
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Fountain Square, 4030 Northpoint Blvd, Waukegan, IL 60085
+1 847-782-8772
10:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 00:00
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Waukegan, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

His ribs are one of the best in the Lake County area! Weekends are usually crowded as there is not even enough room to stand and the band has a good following. Another good food item is the Tony Mac, a barbecue cheese macaroni delicacy that will make you lick your fingers. Show up earlier during the evening as it... More 

Thank panjtrin1
Waukegan, Illinois
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Big Ed's is the real deal of BBQ!!! I'm a BBQ nut and this is a top 3 of all time for me. The rib tips are incredible!

Thank Wanderful2
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a Friday eve and were pleasantly surprised. A wonderful mix of people and ages. The food was delicious and the live band had everyone up, singing and dancing! Don't meet us there, beat us there!

Thank trc19931
Traverse City, Michigan
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134 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I have eaten BBQ in Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Big Ed's Bar & Grill is right up there. The location is an old Pizza Hut and it is kind of funky inside, but then it IS a BBQ joint after all! Order up front and watch it being served up for you. There is a... More 

1 Thank Bob M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very good BBQ. To bad they only have collard greens & peach cobbler on weekends. But the BBQ and mac & cheese were delicious. They had something I never heard of: mac & cheese with BBQ in it. Actually, I preferred regular mac & cheese. Will go back when in the area.

Thank charles l
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It's a little bit pricey but the food makes up for it. The quality n the taste are addictive n the portion's are pretty generous I can't possibly put into words the Taste's that makes you want to keep eating even though you are full my suggestion is go with 3 other people who have to share with you by... More 

Thank Alan T
Waukegan, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I have to say, the meat is is a lot more tender than the other grills in town. The flavor is basically barbecue. As long as is has the smokey flavor, I like it.

Thank MB2469
Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

So I went by the pics on trip advisor....Big Ed's must have moved, cause the photos do not match. The atmosphere was not what I expected at all, plus the kid that was screaming the whole time did not help......pretty sure he was an employees family member of some sort. It was pretty bad. The food was ok, but not... More 

1 Thank IdesofOct
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

visited Big Ed's Bar and grill a couple of weeks ago nd was I surprised! I could not believe how good the ribs and brisket were. The ribs were not too chewy and done just right. Delicious, mouth watering and I can't believe I ate the whole thing plus brisket. Great atmosphere and super service. I vote Big Ed's BBQ... More 

Thank A9098PTdavidb
Lake Bluff, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Great eatery..nice with friends..eeasy to get to and nice common area..service was wonderful..will be back again

Thank Caronn G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fountain Square, 4030 Northpoint Blvd, Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Waukegan
  • Phone Number: +1 847-782-8772
telephone: 847-782-8772, zip code 60085

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?