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Restaurant Wed Sep 17 2014

Shana Tova from Real Urban Barbecue

I happen to be one of those annoying Southern transplants. You know the ones I'm talking about. We usually have our face scrunched up at various BBQ establishments in the City. Surely you know someone like me, we might be found going on about the food back home or claim to have BBQ sauce coursing through our veins. We know what we're talking about. Really great BBQ is not easy to find, but Real Urban Barbecue is on the job.

Highland Park native Jeff Shapiro launched Real Urban Barbecue at 610 Central Avenue in Highland Park back in November of 2010. In July of 2012 he opened the doors of their second location in Vernon Hills at 1260 S. Milwaukee Ave., which consequently, is very close to my office. I recently decided to put my BBQ grudge on the back burner and give Real Urban Barbecue a try. I was not disappointed.

While the Southerner in me is definitely excited to have a little taste of home everyday, this good little Jewish boy is also kvelling over their Rosh Hashanah catering menu. Can you believe it? Real Urban Barbecue is serving family favorites including smoked turkey, brisket, and salmon complete with sides and dessert for carryout during Rosh Hashanah. There are enough tasty options to make any BBQ aficionado moan in delight.

Real Urban Barbecue has won accolades including Chicago Magazine's "Hot List," Chicago Tribune's "Essential Barbecue Bites" and the Highland Park Patch's "Best Sandwich." I think this means you can trust them to cater your Holiday celebration next week. May you be written in the Book of Life and never want for delicious smoked brisket again! Shana Tova!

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Tony / September 18, 2014 9:11 AM

Maybe they should call it Real Suburban Barbeque.

Dean Bekken / September 19, 2014 5:40 PM

I'm guessing Kinky Friedman on the jukebox-guh?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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