Like many of my other countrymen, I sort of like baked ribs, so I couldn't help wonder if Twin Anchors really deserves all the flack.
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Uncle John's is closed, but you have to move on, right? So instead of sulking, I visited four new barbecue joints, searching for something to get excited about.
Booby's (hee hee) has been around since 1961, and it's located in Niles, a suburb just northwest of Chicago. If a place has been around over 50 years, something's got to be going for it.
I always remembered Carson's to be, well, kind of crappy. But when I entered, the first thing I noticed was that the interior of the place appeared to be recently renovated. I looked over the menu and discovered that everything looked...oddly fancy. I was puzzled.
If you're in the Windy City and in the barbecue mood, this is something to order by the bucket (and isn't that always fun?). Rib tips. They're one of the top sellers at Lem's Bar-B-Q and it's not difficult to understand why. Each tip points to a deep blend of flavors, merging the powerful tastes of charcoal and hickory smoke with the simple sweetness of pork. Lem's tangy, spicy barbecue sauce adds a molasses-colored kick before the tips find their way into a freshly popped paper bag.