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pretty good ribs in Highland Park

susanb | Jul 3, 200201:27 AM

The other night we were at the Apple Tree Theater and noticed a place next door called the BBQ Pit Rib House & Grill. We returned tonight to eat, and it was really pretty good!

Starters include buffalo wings (choice of hot and spicy, bbq or teriyaki), bbq turkey drumstick, and rib tips. Sandwiches include pulled pork, bbq beef, gyros and skirt steak, and come with fries and cole slaw.

We went straight to the entrees. I had a combo of baby back ribs and greek chicken. The ribs were the way I like them--very lean, and the sauce was delicious and nicely carmelized. The Greek chicken had fabulous crispy lemony skin, but I ordered it with all white meat and the meat was a little dry and boring once the skin was gone (also I didn't get to taste the greek potatoes it normally comes with, since I had the combo platter). My husband got the St Louis spare ribs, which were just the way he likes them--described on the menu as "with tasty and chewy brisket on the ends." I really wanted to try the Memphis dry rub, but there's only so much I could do in one night. Kids had rib tips (and their usual assortment of things like fried onion rings and buffalo fingers), which were a big hit.

Entrees came with homemade rolls, a nice Greek salad and choice of sides. My husband pronounced the sweet potato fries the best he'd ever had--they had a nice fresh flavor, not too salty, not too greasy, though maybe not quite as crispy as I'd like. The baked beans were thick and tasty, though not as piquantly flavored as they could have been.

Very friendly service. Ambiance is spare (booths, tv on to sports, not much decoration that I recall) but clean and very pleasant. Ribs run about $15-&18 full slab, &12-$14 half, with everything else priced lower.

Seems like it would work well for Ravinia carryout, too.

The BBQ Pit Rib House & Grill
589 Elm Place (at the Shops on Elm)
Highland Park
847 432 6393

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