Let's give some props to the west side q-boys. We hear a lot of Lems and Alices and I-57 and Chucks and even Ribs and Bibs, but aside from the Fredine challenge, no west side ribs to challenge.
I actually got jonseing for Colman's bbq when I saw a big stack of hickory logs in the window of their #1 branch at 555 N. Cicero. Who could resist. Last night, we found ourselves driving by branch #2 right about the time the chowhounditas were threatending to go to sleep sans dinner. We did what any good parent would do, we stopped to pick them up some wings. And by the way, a slab for dad.
Colman's is nothing if not a good deal. Five wings stood at only $4.25 (50 cents each additional wing). A slab of ribs cost me only $14. Plus they were generous with the fries AND the white bread slices. Yet a good deal would only be a good deal if the stuff tasted good.
I tasted the wings for a while with my eyes for a long time while my ribs finished. Colman's does a steady business on a sunday night, and I saw plenty of plump wings going in and out of the fryers. The kids mostly ate the wings, but my few nibbles confirmed my opinion that they were plenty good. I cannot speak to any sauce, however as they were for the chowhounditas.
They called it a slab, but really it was a variety pack. My large package contained several three or four rib sections from different parts of the pig. My first section came from the "small end". They emphasized the hickory with a strong chew too. My favorite ribs arrived from a fattier section. Looser meat, not so good for you, but loaded with porcine goodness. With all those usual lousy Chicago bbq-house fries, I had plenty left over for another day.
I would offer up west side Q at Colmans with any of the city's fineset. Beside the bbq, Colman's frys up fish to order including that great mystery (to me) jack salmon. They also have sandwiches including hamburgers and hamburger steaks (both with the option of cheese). Finally, they have a great catering menu. You can, for instance, purchase six cases of rib tibs at $510 or 24 whole fried chickens (if Jake Blues comes by for dinner).
Colmans has three west side locations:
#1 555 N. Cicero
#2 5754 W. Chicago (the one sampled by VI)
#3 1112 S. Bellwood Av.
Note, the W. Chicago location is not that far from downtown Oak Park or even Columbus Park in Chicago if you need a place to sit down.