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    Post #1 - August 26th, 2006, 2:34 pm
    Post #1 - August 26th, 2006, 2:34 pm Post #1 - August 26th, 2006, 2:34 pm
    Hi, my name is Matt. I'm visiting my mom from Seattle and I'm looking for some good BBQ Ribs or beef brisket(Seattle has no good BBQ,pizza, or hot dogs!).

    I'm in the downtown Des Plaines area. I was hoping to go no more than 10-20 mins away if possible. I want real smoked BBQ, not parboiled. Thanks alot for your help, I love the forum! Matt15.
  • Post #2 - August 26th, 2006, 3:19 pm
    Post #2 - August 26th, 2006, 3:19 pm Post #2 - August 26th, 2006, 3:19 pm
    Sorry Matt, but "real" smoked BBQ is not popular enough, in the Chicago area, to have more than about 10 shacks, none of which are near Des Plaines.
  • Post #3 - August 26th, 2006, 3:28 pm
    Post #3 - August 26th, 2006, 3:28 pm Post #3 - August 26th, 2006, 3:28 pm
    Thats what I thought you guys would say. I guess I'm going to have to make the trip out to 75th. Thanks, Matt.
  • Post #4 - August 26th, 2006, 3:31 pm
    Post #4 - August 26th, 2006, 3:31 pm Post #4 - August 26th, 2006, 3:31 pm
    Northwestern Cutlery
    810 W Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    888-248-4449

    Please take any axes in need of grinding there. Thanks.
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  • Post #5 - August 26th, 2006, 3:34 pm
    Post #5 - August 26th, 2006, 3:34 pm Post #5 - August 26th, 2006, 3:34 pm
    Did I say anything that was not true?
  • Post #6 - August 26th, 2006, 3:35 pm
    Post #6 - August 26th, 2006, 3:35 pm Post #6 - August 26th, 2006, 3:35 pm
    No, all three times it's been true.

    I'm sure it would be the next ten times too, but I know you have the good taste to give it a rest already.
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  • Post #7 - August 26th, 2006, 3:39 pm
    Post #7 - August 26th, 2006, 3:39 pm Post #7 - August 26th, 2006, 3:39 pm
    matt15 wrote:Thats what I thought you guys would say. I guess I'm going to have to make the trip out to 75th. Thanks, Matt.


    Honey 1, a LTHForum favorite, is within a half-hour drive of Des Plains and smokes their BBQ over wood in an aquarium smoker. Get the rib-tip/hot link combo.

    Follow this link to their Great Neighborhood Restaurant award thread, which has pertinent info and links to other discussions.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #8 - August 26th, 2006, 3:51 pm
    Post #8 - August 26th, 2006, 3:51 pm Post #8 - August 26th, 2006, 3:51 pm
    matt15 wrote:I'm in the downtown Des Plaines area. I was hoping to go no more than 10-20 mins away if possible. I want real smoked BBQ, not parboiled.

    Matt,

    There are a few BBQ places in your general are. Of these listed, I have personally eaten at Uncle Bub's and Sweet Baby Ray's, both of which reach my personal minimum standard to be called BBQ and would do, in a pinch, for the BBQ deprived.

    If I was you I would take EatChicago's advice and take the drive to Honey 1.

    Have you been to Romano's Pizza in Des Plains? I quite like their pizza.

    Welcome to the forum, have a nice visit from Seattle.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Call first to make sure they are open
    Uncle Bub's - Westmont
    Bar-B-Que Shack - St. Charles
    Sweet Baby Ray's - Wood Dale
    The Texan Bar-B-Q - Lombard
    Bobby Q's -- Allington Heights
    Salt Creek Barbecue -Elk Grove Village
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #9 - August 26th, 2006, 4:14 pm
    Post #9 - August 26th, 2006, 4:14 pm Post #9 - August 26th, 2006, 4:14 pm
    Thanks everybody, I have tried Romano's and liked it alot. I also went to Paradise Pup the other day and had two wonderful Char-Pups with all the fixins! The line was out the door but well worth the wait.
  • Post #10 - August 26th, 2006, 4:31 pm
    Post #10 - August 26th, 2006, 4:31 pm Post #10 - August 26th, 2006, 4:31 pm
    Matt, since you are from out of town, and were looking for someplace within 20 minutes, I thought I might help you refine your search. Gary has recommended several places, but all but one fall outside your time limits.

    Salt Creek BBQ closed at 4PM.
    Uncle Bubs, in Westmont is 21 miles away from downtown DP
    BBQ shack, in St. Charles is 36 miles away
    Sweet Baby Rays, in Wood Dale is 12 miles away
    Texas BBQ, in Lombard is 20 miles away.

    BobbyQ's is much closer at only five miles. Located in a strip mall on Rand Road, it is easy to get to from Des Plaines. Be sure to check out their soups and stew.
  • Post #11 - August 26th, 2006, 4:44 pm
    Post #11 - August 26th, 2006, 4:44 pm Post #11 - August 26th, 2006, 4:44 pm
    While doing research, I missed the suggestion that you try the highly regarded, by some, Honey1. But I think that it might also be a bit outside your 20 minute driving range. It is a bit over 16 miles from you, but is just south of the Western Avenue exit from the Kennedy Expressway. Having lived in Chicago most of my life, I think you could make it in 20 minutes, in the dead of night, with no cops.

    If you go there, do try my fav... the tips.
  • Post #12 - August 26th, 2006, 4:51 pm
    Post #12 - August 26th, 2006, 4:51 pm Post #12 - August 26th, 2006, 4:51 pm
    Avoid Old Time Ribs on Lee Street.

    Bobby Q's in Arlington Heights has been reviewed previously with mixed results: http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.ph ... ight=bobby

    If you're heading towards the Schaumburg/Woodfield mall area, there are 2 places of interest:

    Russell's BBQ (don't know if it's related to the the Elmwood Park restaurant)
    on Algonquin Road and Smokey Bones Sports bar which is right next to the Woodfield mall. Russell's has had some positive reviews elsewhere on Metromix and the Yelp web sites. I tried it once and wasn't impressed. I enjoyed the Smokey Bones ribs at a local ribfest so I haven't actually set foot in their eatery. Smokey Bones supposedly uses hickory wood. If you're in the area, I would try Smokey Bones.


    Smokey Bones BBQ
    680 Mall Dr
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    (847) 605-0889
    http://www.smokeybones.com/


    Russell's Barbeque
    2885 Algonquin Rd.
    Rolling Meadows 60008-3808
    847-259-5710
  • Post #13 - August 26th, 2006, 5:13 pm
    Post #13 - August 26th, 2006, 5:13 pm Post #13 - August 26th, 2006, 5:13 pm
    Russell's - UGH!!
  • Post #14 - August 26th, 2006, 6:02 pm
    Post #14 - August 26th, 2006, 6:02 pm Post #14 - August 26th, 2006, 6:02 pm
    Try Andrew's Open Pit in Park Ridge, just a short 10 mintue drive from Des Plaines. No one has mentioned this place on LTH before and I posted my views on it a few weeks ago but never got any response. These are real smoked ribs...you can see the rotisserie right in the main dining area. They smoke them over hickory, and the sauce is above average in my opinion. Andrew's is in a strip mall that looks like something from the late 70's which is why I think it hasn't gotten a lot of pub, but I think it's a good find!!

    Check it out. http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.ph ... s+open+pit

    Andrew's Open Pit
    2610 Dempster St
    Park Ridge, IL
  • Post #15 - August 26th, 2006, 6:17 pm
    Post #15 - August 26th, 2006, 6:17 pm Post #15 - August 26th, 2006, 6:17 pm
    midas wrote:Russell's - UGH!!


    I have to second that. The pulled pork and BBQ Beef sandwiches we tried weren't that good. Didn't try the ribs though.

    Smokey Bones BBQ ...I recomend the cornbread in a skillet thing they have. The actual meat was average at best.

    Haven't been to BobbysQ but I do know they have a smoker. I thought that they were closed since there sign on Rand rd is no longer there.
  • Post #16 - August 26th, 2006, 6:32 pm
    Post #16 - August 26th, 2006, 6:32 pm Post #16 - August 26th, 2006, 6:32 pm
    midas wrote:Russell's - UGH!!

    I'll second that -- in fact I thought I'd reviewed it here or on Chowhound about two years ago (hmm... I guess that would be Chowhound then), but I can't find it.

    Places I've enjoyed BBQ in the burbs are limited. Bobby Q's has been OK, Boston Blackie's pulled pork sandwich is pretty good (but it's Carson's BBQ sauce, so that explains it -- not so much excellence as familiarity).

    There's probably a market for it out there. Hey, at least the north side of Chicago's BBQ has heated up in the last couple years, we may get it out here in soccer-mom-land yet.
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  • Post #17 - August 27th, 2006, 8:15 pm
    Post #17 - August 27th, 2006, 8:15 pm Post #17 - August 27th, 2006, 8:15 pm
    On Northwest Highway in Park Ridge is JD Kadds.They do Hickory Smoked Ribs, Tips, St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork & Beef Brisket.They are also well known in the area for pizza & broasted chicken. It's a small place with loads of flavor. I have seen them on WGN TV that's how I found them.
  • Post #18 - August 27th, 2006, 9:20 pm
    Post #18 - August 27th, 2006, 9:20 pm Post #18 - August 27th, 2006, 9:20 pm
    Do they have an aquarium smoker? Or an outside Texas style smoker?

    And can you tell us, is it close to downtown, or further west?
  • Post #19 - August 27th, 2006, 9:28 pm
    Post #19 - August 27th, 2006, 9:28 pm Post #19 - August 27th, 2006, 9:28 pm
    They have a website with a page dedicated to the BBQ. At the bottom it says they are a member of The Smoke Ring list of websites.

    I've never been there but I am intrigued now.

    JD Kadds
    805 N Northwest Hwy
    Park Ridge
    847-825-3125
  • Post #20 - August 27th, 2006, 9:41 pm
    Post #20 - August 27th, 2006, 9:41 pm Post #20 - August 27th, 2006, 9:41 pm
    netned wrote:On Northwest Highway in Park Ridge is JD Kadds.They do Hickory Smoked Ribs, Tips, St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork & Beef Brisket.They are also well known in the area for pizza & broasted chicken. It's a small place with loads of flavor. I have seen them on WGN TV that's how I found them.


    Haven't been, but based on their location (Park Ridge is 10 minutes from Des Plaines; actually, I think they share a border) they are certainly convenient enough to someone in Des Plaines. As tapler notes, looking at their website, this place might do the trick for the OP. They advertise 12- to 16-hour smoking of ribs, brisket, etc. That's for the top 10-percentile (or is it bottom?) of BBQ snobs and weirdos. They also advertise "slow roasted" ribs for the other 90% -- i.e., the right-thinking, decent and regular folks -- so it looks like they have all bases covered. Anybody other than netned have an opinion? How does JD Kadds compare to other BBQ and/or non-BBQ rib outlets in Chicagoland?
    JiLS
  • Post #21 - August 28th, 2006, 8:09 am
    Post #21 - August 28th, 2006, 8:09 am Post #21 - August 28th, 2006, 8:09 am
    Bobby-Q's has gone way down..its was not too bad but then they closed down for a month or so..Since they re-opened the food went downhill..
    I cant believee its the same owner
    Uncle Bubs would be my top pick of the burbs for restauarant BBQ ..Sweet Baby Rays was mediocre and overpriced
  • Post #22 - August 28th, 2006, 8:56 am
    Post #22 - August 28th, 2006, 8:56 am Post #22 - August 28th, 2006, 8:56 am
    Mike G wrote:Northwestern Cutlery
    810 W Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    888-248-4449

    Please take any axes in need of grinding there. Thanks.


    Ok, I do seriously have to ask. Do they grind axes there? The axe I use to debark smoking chunks is in serious need of sharpening.

    Apologies if this strays too far from the OP, but since it was posted, I figured it was safe.

    Joel
  • Post #23 - August 28th, 2006, 9:23 am
    Post #23 - August 28th, 2006, 9:23 am Post #23 - August 28th, 2006, 9:23 am
    JoelM wrote:
    Mike G wrote:Northwestern Cutlery
    810 W Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    888-248-4449

    Please take any axes in need of grinding there. Thanks.


    Ok, I do seriously have to ask. Do they grind axes there? The axe I use to debark smoking chunks is in serious need of sharpening.

    Apologies if this strays too far from the OP, but since it was posted, I figured it was safe.

    Joel


    Yes
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #24 - August 29th, 2006, 1:12 am
    Post #24 - August 29th, 2006, 1:12 am Post #24 - August 29th, 2006, 1:12 am
    JimInLoganSquare wrote:
    netned wrote:On Northwest Highway in Park Ridge is JD Kadds.They do Hickory Smoked Ribs, Tips, St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork & Beef Brisket.They are also well known in the area for pizza & broasted chicken. It's a small place with loads of flavor. I have seen them on WGN TV that's how I found them.


    Haven't been, but based on their location (Park Ridge is 10 minutes from Des Plaines; actually, I think they share a border) they are certainly convenient enough to someone in Des Plaines. As tapler notes, looking at their website, this place might do the trick for the OP. They advertise 12- to 16-hour smoking of ribs, brisket, etc. That's for the top 10-percentile (or is it bottom?) of BBQ snobs and weirdos. They also advertise "slow roasted" ribs for the other 90% -- i.e., the right-thinking, decent and regular folks -- so it looks like they have all bases covered. Anybody other than netned have an opinion? How does JD Kadds compare to other BBQ and/or non-BBQ rib outlets in Chicagoland?


    Iam very intrigued too - has anyone ever been? Anyone have a report?

    I agree with the proximity to Des Plaines BTW - Park Ridge and Des Plaines
    *do* share a border. Most of the options suggested above in the
    thread are pretty much useless - they are all much much further than
    20 minutes away :-) I mean, Saint Charles? Westmont? Not even in the
    middle of the night can you get there in 20 minutes, surely? :-)

    Heck, depending where you are in Des Plaines... if youre close to
    Golf Road, Id suggest taking a quick ride straight down Golf, to
    the original Hecky's in Evanston. Much closer than places like
    Saint Charles, for sure.

    c8w
  • Post #25 - August 29th, 2006, 8:30 am
    Post #25 - August 29th, 2006, 8:30 am Post #25 - August 29th, 2006, 8:30 am
    To return this to one of the recurring themes in this thread, which seems to be a triple helix, yes, the Russell's is related, and yes it is awful.

    JD Kadd's on the other hand, or is it theme, does sound intriguing.
    Last edited by dicksond on August 29th, 2006, 9:12 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #26 - August 29th, 2006, 9:08 am
    Post #26 - August 29th, 2006, 9:08 am Post #26 - August 29th, 2006, 9:08 am
    dicksond wrote:To return this to one of the recurring themes in this thread, which seems to be a triple helix, yes, the Russell's is related, and yes it is awful.

    JD Kadd's on the other hand, or is it theme, does sound intriguing.


    There's JD Kadd's as well as Andrew's Open Pit, both in Park Ridge. I've never been to either oe of these, but it's a little surprising that Park Ridge has suddenly become a BBQ destination. :roll:
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #27 - August 29th, 2006, 9:18 am
    Post #27 - August 29th, 2006, 9:18 am Post #27 - August 29th, 2006, 9:18 am
    stevez wrote:...it's a little surprising that Park Ridge has suddenly become a BBQ destination. :roll:


    Oh, I don't know, consider who Park Ridge's favorite daughter married. I'll bet Mr. Rodham enjoys a good plate of ribs, so there's some sort of affinity. Like, opposites attract? :)
    JiLS
  • Post #28 - August 29th, 2006, 9:39 am
    Post #28 - August 29th, 2006, 9:39 am Post #28 - August 29th, 2006, 9:39 am
    Stevez, I have been to Andrew's Open Pit, and they do not smoke their ribs. Both whole chickens and ribs are cooked over a wood fire, on rather large rotisserie, visable from the dinning room.

    But, based on the number of meals served, and the time it takes to cook the ribs, I do have to wonder if all the ribs served, come off the rotisserie.

    I only mention this, so that the "smoke ring" experts do not go there, and be disappointed.

    I know my opinion does not count, but I have had their ribs, and those at another place owned by the same guy, Johnnie's on Milwaukee and Euclid in Glenview, and liked them a bunch.
  • Post #29 - August 29th, 2006, 9:45 am
    Post #29 - August 29th, 2006, 9:45 am Post #29 - August 29th, 2006, 9:45 am
    sabersix wrote:I know my opinion does not count, but I have had their ribs, and those at another place owned by the same guy, Johnnie's on Milwaukee and Euclid in Glenview, and liked them a bunch.


    No, I'd say your opinion counts. Knowing that you like these restaurants, and knowing the style of ribs you prefer, it gives us a good idea for the style of ribs at Andrew's.

    Actually, I think back in 2002/2003 I had some of the rotisserie chicken from Andrews. It was fine, but nothing at all special. Didn't try the ribs.
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  • Post #30 - August 29th, 2006, 10:14 am
    Post #30 - August 29th, 2006, 10:14 am Post #30 - August 29th, 2006, 10:14 am
    Joel, based on where you live, rather than going all the way into the city, to get your axe sharpened, you might want to try the Mount Prospect Market on Sunday Mornings. Not much of a market, but there is a professional knife sharpener there, and he normally charges a buck or two per blade.

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