Redz Rib Shack
4996 S. State Rt. 159
Glenn Carbon, IL
Reviewer's Comments: Redz is a great Carry Out and Eat-In Rib Shack. They offer
Shredded beef and Chicken BBQ as well as Beef Ribs, half and full chickens, Pork Steaks
and Snoots. Their Sauce is mildly spicy. Redz doesn't have a liquor License and allow
carry in liquor. They also do Fish Boils. I think they offer a much higher quality product
than Super Smokers in Fairview Hts, IL for the same or lower price. The owners are almost
always there to make sure things are running well.
Reviewed by: Dave Winkel ( firstname.lastname@example.org
) on 1/31/99.
Carsons for Ribs
400 E. Roosevelt Rd.
Reviewer's Comments: Surprising thing, When I checked for Q joints in Illinois there
were none. I felt it was imperative I find someplace to review. After checking with the
locals I was told Carsons was the best place for Q in all of Chicago area. Finding it wasn
not hard, so off I went on an adventure last night. The building is north of Roosevelt
Road, west of Chicago in what's locally known as the 'Western Suburbs.' Make sense to me.
It is a large place as Q joints go. It does a lot of catering and banquets so the space is
needed. I didn't notice a pit or smokestack as I drove up so that's when I became wary of
what I was about to get. The menu is limited to steak, baby back ribs, and chicken. The
side dishs are a coleslaw with garlic, Potatoes of three varieties, and salad. I ordered
the 1/2 & 1/2. 1/2 a rack of ribs and 1/2 a chicken, the coleslaw and the baked
potato. The other varieties are french fried and Au Gratin. The slaw was very good. it had
just the right amount of garlic for spice but it was not overpowering. The baked potatoe
was 'baked', not much to shout about. The meat came with what I remember as the old shake
and Bake BBQ coating. (Fess up, we all tried it at least once.) It was sweet and tomatoy,
slightly burnt and sweet but else non-descript, just messy. Sadly, the ribs had a warmed
up flavor and seemed tough. I like a little tug but this was what I would call a 'rip and
tear' to get it off the bone. Again talking to the locals, this is somewhat normal. If the
ribs are good they are very, very good. It they are bad, they are very, very bad. The
first bite of the Chicken breast was dry but got better as I went along. The sauce was a
tomato/molasses based sauce with the heat from cayenne pepper. Not much smoky flavor in
either the chicken or ribs. The interesting thing was the licorice taste, probably from
fennel, which was very subtle but quite noticable. Even at 3am the next morning I kept
noticing it. It wasn't bad, just different. It seems the owner is or was of Greek
ancestry. So that explains the difference, that and it's Yankee land. (Just kidding.) The
best part of the night was the warm, wet towels the served to clean oneself as you go.
They were welcomed after I bragged to being a professional in order not to wear the silly
BIB and proceeded to drip sauce all over the front of my shirt and get it ear to ear to
there. I drove around the building when I left to check out any pit they my have. Found
none. Did find a stack of Wood of unknown specics. Of course there may be an ordinance
against smoke stacks and they may have used a commisary arrangement for the meat. All I
know is what I tasted.
I would recommend a return trip but be wary of the ribs.........
Reviewed By: Ken Haycook ( email@example.com ) on 4/21/99.
36 Fiesta Drive
Reviewer's Comments: There aren't many good BBQ places around but this one is
awesome. They have alimited menu, Ribs, Rib Tips,and the best Chicken I ever tasted. The
place is very small with just carryout. The ribs come in a bucket and are just right.
Tender and moist. The chicken is smoky and so juicy. The best part is the sauce.
Finger-licking good. Sides are limited to coleslaw and potatoe wedges. The price is
excellent too. It hasn't been open too long. Worth the drive. The address is misleading.
Its at Larkin and Plainfield road.
Reviewed By: Kelly (Kelly_Strache@excite.com)
Address: South Side
User: Paul Saltzman
Time: 1:43:46 PM
You must go to Leon's. Order through bullet-proof glass (good ribs
may at times require a small sacrifice in the realm of personal safety).
Atop your tray will be placed two slices of white bread and a small mound of
french fries. Atop your french fries will be ladled your choice of sauce,
hot or sweet. Leon's hot sauce is so good I could drink a gallon. But it
is much more pleasant to consume with Leon's ribs, which are so darn good,
that I may have to interrupt writing to hop on a plane to Chicago right now.
Leon's bones are long and lean, crispy-black but not burned on the
outsides, with a crust of sweet spice and smoke that explodes in your mouth.
With that hot sauce, it represents an unmatchable combination. The meat is
dry and pink, infused with subtle wood smoke and bereft of even the
slightest trace of fat. Put a bone to your lips and its entire length of
meat comes right off with the slightest pull, sliding into your mouth like a
loved-one's car into the warm and dry garage after a long, snowy commute at
the end of a hard day. Welcome home! You will enjoy this chew, as the
magical flavors merge with the mythical texture of the meat; synaesthetic
Address: Green Bay Road
User: Paul Saltzman
Time: 1:46:35 PM
Let's start, as I did some eighteen or so years ago, on Green Bay Road in
Evanston, Illinois, where local do-gooder and activist Hecky Powell bought
and re-opened a small barbecue pit in this college town a mile or so from
Chicago's northern city limit. I was working at a local hardware store that
summer, and among orders for screws, nails, and custom cut and threaded pipe
(regular or galvanized), I heard tell of the wonders being served up. One
afternoon I trudged in, smelled the smoke, and for the first time in my life
heard the tell-tale smack of the cleaver. I will never forget that sound!
So titillated was I by that smell and the look of those mahogany crusted
bones that I sat myself down on the nearest park bench I could find and
proceeded to inhale an entire half-slab of Hecky's ribs, with hot sauce, and
a link of his wonderful hot sausage. Those ribs! Firm to hold, but tender
to the tooth, each bite tore away like gauze. The outer crust maintained a
barrier between the spicy, smoky, saucy outside and the sweet, gentle meat
within. The sauce, more brown than red, was sweet, but with a peppery punch
that quickly left a nice warm glow on my lips. The leaner end of the bone
was dry and a bit chewy, while the broad, meatier end (or "tip" end) had the
soft consistency that comes from long, slow cooking and rendering fat. By
the time I finished (a full ninety seconds, I think, after beginning) I was
spent both physically and emotionally. I was awash in sauce, surrounded by
picked-clean bones, and in a state of spiritual rapture the likes of which
one would think no atheist could achieve.
I recovered and became a devout and frequent pilgrim to Hecky's shrine (he
has, I hear, become the caterer of choice to the Chicago Bears).
Name: Super Smokers
User: Rich Polacek
Time: 7:51:59 PM
I've ate lots of bbq in my day, and in my opinion this is the best all around bbq joint there is. Nothing on the menu is less than spectacular!!!
Name: Reds Rib Shack
Address: ilrt 156 + IL RT 162
Time: 2:15:52 AM
This place is really unclean!
It was dirty and the food dry and burnt. Save your time and money.
Name: Uncle Bub's
Address: 132 South Cass Ave.
Date: Jan 17, 2003
Time: 12:01:45 PM
A top-notch operation with excellent meats, sauce (regular and spicy)and sides that are all made in-house. Well worth a trip to the western suburbs.
The pulled pork sandwich is a terrific lunch. Also serves wine and beer.
Just doubled the size of the restaurant-he's still mostly full!
Name: Fat Willly's
Address: 2416 W. Schubert
Phone: 773 782-1800
Time: 12:15:17 PM
The best barbeque in Chicago. The meat is slow smoked on the premises. The ribs are the best I've ever had. The pulled pork sandwiches are perfectly smokey and tender, and huge. Even their side dishes are great. They serve burgers and brisket too, which I hear are great, but I've only had the pork (many times) because it's too good to pass up. It's a little joint that looks and smells and sounds like a barbecue place should. They don't serve alcohol, but you can bring your own. Across the street from a gigantic movie theater (City North 14.) Parking sucks... but they do delivery too.