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Lem's BBQ House

BBQ Joint$$$$
Chatham, Chicago
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Serious Eats
  • Michael D.
    "Good rib tips and even better hot links at this Chicago staple."(11 Tips)
    Penny S.
    "Fries are on the bottom and soak up the Carolina-style sauce."(2 Tips)
    James G.
    "Their hot links are good."(3 Tips)
    Toy T.
    "The mild sauce is not my favorite but I've grown to like."(2 Tips)
41 Tips and reviews
  • rib tips
  • good for a quick meal
  • french fries
  • good for a late night
  • casual
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    The rib tips are crispy, crunchy, smoke-laden, and decadent. Missing some of the juiciness of the best versions, but still utterly fantastic, especially when paired with thickly ground hot links.
  • Toy T.
    Toy TeezyJuly 19
    You can't go wrong with Lem's. The ribs tips are seasoned to perfection. The mild sauce is not my favorite but I've grown to like.
  • Michael D.
    Good rib tips and even better hot links at this Chicago staple. The sauce is divisive though: it's very different and has an almost numbing effect. Be prepared for lines out the door on the weekends.
  • *Elle A.
    *Elle Aye*October 28, 2014
    I come for the chicken wings and fries, but really I just come for the sauce and just about any vehicle will do. Best BBQ sauce, I could drink it by the gallon. Don't judge me 😍
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 28, 2012
    As the best South Side barbecues do, Lem’s has you order through bulletproof glass and then take your ribs. But it would take much more to scare away devotees of these vinegary, charred rib tips. Read more
  • Shari N.
    Shari NealAugust 20, 2013
    A few things: There are no seats, this is a strictly carry out place. Also, they don't take debit or credit cards. Cash only!!! Don't come in here on your phone, they won't serve you until you're off.
  • Jordan D.
    Jordan DAugust 25, 2016
    Amazing tips, huge large order. Got the RC vending machine for $1 too... GO HERE!!!! But bring cash...
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon ComptonJune 14, 2013
    This place has the best rib tips around. The area is a bit rough...but the food is amazing.
  • Penny S.
    Penny SMarch 7, 2014
    Rib tips. Fries are on the bottom and soak up the Carolina-style sauce. Best BBQ of my life.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchApril 18, 2011
    Barbecue aficionados have been trying to figure out Lem's incredible sauce recipe for years. Be prepared to stand in line and ask for extra napkins.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher ParkerMay 10, 2014
    Chicken is not seasoned you must use the BBQ sauce. The links was not good. Uhm, Barbara Ann's was great! Down the street!
  • Lj D.
    Lj DavisJune 5, 2015
    Everything here is good me and my family has been coming for years great BBQ
  • Camilla H.
    Camilla HudsonMarch 9, 2012
    Lem's sauce is pretty much just like my mother's - when she didn't feel like making her own, Lem's was the substitute - she would buy it by the gallon!
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MayberryAugust 18, 2013
    I get extra sauce!! I like all my tips covered.
  • Ginger S.
    Ginger ScottApril 4, 2016
    No longer cash only. Can now use credit/debit. Best tips ever.
  • Martina W.
    Martina WatkinsJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best BBQ in the city..ask them to chop your tips small.
  • Nicholas N.
    Nicholas NickersonOctober 30, 2015
    Good bbq however the sauce is not that great. Plain meat no sauce is the way to go.
  • Duane G.
    Duane GolstonMarch 7, 2015
    My mother loves the tib tips with extra sause
  • Bertel J.
    Bertel J.March 4, 2012
    Best tips in he city but not for the asthmatic!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Mindy Segal, chef of Hot Chocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Rib tips. Read more
  • Lj D.
    Lj DavisDecember 17, 2015
    Best BBQ hands down... RIP to Uncle Jimmy
  • Wendy J.
    Wendy JenkinsJuly 8, 2016
    Lem's has the best ribs and sauce!
  • gold h.
    gold honeebeeJanuary 22, 2013
    The rib tips. Were amazing
  • Marki L.
    Marki Lemons RyhalMay 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Rib tips are great and ask for "Mr. Lem". Read more
  • Mj M.
    Mj MjMarch 16, 2012
    Agree with other tips Customer Service sucks, bulletproof glass a bit much and sauce is satisfying...
  • Shani C.
    Shani ChaplinOctober 24, 2014
    large tips with mild sauce
  • James G.
    Their hot links are good.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MooneyMay 18, 2014
    So dame good the Ribs tips
  • DeLeone W.
    DeLeone WilliamsOctober 11, 2016
    Okay for second tier BBQ
  • Sherrell J.
    Sherrell JohnsonMarch 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp are off the chain!
  • Nikki 32 B.
    Nikki 32 BanksAugust 14, 2012
    It's also a hang out spot after hour in the parking lot
  • Eric R.
    Get the tips cut small
  • Deeskool M.
    Deeskool McGeeJune 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    best in the city!!!
  • Penny S.
    Penny SMarch 7, 2014
    Cash and take away only. No atm.
  • Denise L.
    Denise Luster-MaloneApril 19, 2012
    Best damn rib tips
  • Neffie
    NeffieMay 8, 2012
    Some of the worst Bar B Q I ever tasted..they have no combo's, and the sauce used for the food is just nasty.
  • Win W.
    Win WoodApril 28, 2014
    They don't do pickup orders........OMG
  • Arnetha B.
    Arnetha BrownJune 29, 2014
    Pretty good
  • Joseph H.
    Joseph HugginsSeptember 25, 2010
    Pretty good BBQ.
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WitkowMay 27, 2010
    Hot. Links.
  • Cee
    CeeJanuary 10, 2014
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