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Lem's BBQ House

BBQ Joint · Chatham
311 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619, United States
Closed until 1:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Thu, Sun
    • 1:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 1:00 PM–3:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
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Outdoor Seating:

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  • What you need to know
    Brandon C.
    "This place has the best rib tips around."(9 Tips)
    Penny S.
    "Fries are on the bottom and soak up the Carolina-style sauce."(2 Tips)
    Christopher P.
    "Chicken is not seasoned you must use the BBQ sauce."(2 Tips)
    *Elle A.
    "Best BBQ sauce, I could drink it by the gallon."(2 Tips)
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  • rib tips
  • good for a quick meal
  • french fries
  • casual
  • good for a late night
  • authentic
  • hot links
  • crowded
  • BBQ sauce
  • dinner
  • Nicholas N.

    Good bbq however the sauce is not that great. Plain meat no sauce is the way to go.

    Nicholas Nickerson · 3 weeks ago
  • Lj D.

    Everything here is good me and my family has been coming for years great BBQ

    Lj Davis · June 5
  • Duane G.

    My mother loves the tib tips with extra sause

    Duane Golston · March 7
  • *Elle A.

    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 😍

    *Elle Aye* · October 28, 2014
  • Shani C.

    large tips with mild sauce

    Shani Chaplin · October 24, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Mindy Segal, chef of Hot Chocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Rib tips. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Arnetha B.

    Pretty good

    Arnetha Brown · June 29, 2014
  • Daniel M.

    best in the city!!!

    Daniel McGee · June 14, 2014
  • Vanessa M.

    So dame good the Ribs tips

    Vanessa Mooney · May 18, 2014
  • Christopher P.

    Chicken is not seasoned you must use the BBQ sauce. The links was not good. Uhm, Barbara Ann's was great! Down the street!

    Christopher Parker · May 10, 2014
  • Win W.

    They don't do pickup orders........OMG

    Win Wood · April 28, 2014
  • Sherrell J.

    Shrimp are off the chain!

    Sherrell Johnson · March 21, 2014
  • Penny S.

    Cash and take away only. No atm.

    Penny S · March 7, 2014
  • Penny S.

    Rib tips. Fries are on the bottom and soak up the Carolina-style sauce. Best BBQ of my life.

    Penny S · March 7, 2014
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    Cee · January 10, 2014
  • Shari N.

    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.

    Shari Neal · August 20, 2013
  • Shawn M.

    I get extra sauce!! I like all my tips covered.

    Shawn Mayberry · August 18, 2013
  • Brandon C.

    This place has the best rib tips around. The area is a bit rough...but the food is amazing.

    Brandon Compton · June 14, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    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.

    Serious Eats · May 21, 2013
  • gold h.

    The rib tips. Were amazing

    gold honeebee · January 22, 2013
  • Nikki 32 B.

    It's also a hang out spot after hour in the parking lot

    Nikki 32 Banks · August 14, 2012
  • Martina W.

    Best BBQ in the city..ask them to chop your tips small.

    Martina Watkins · July 1, 2012
  • Neffie

    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.

    Neffie · May 8, 2012
  • Denise L.

    Best damn rib tips

    Denise Luster-Malone · April 19, 2012
  • Mj M.

    Agree with other tips Customer Service sucks, bulletproof glass a bit much and sauce is satisfying...

    Mj Mj · March 16, 2012
  • Camilla H.

    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!

    Camilla Hudson · March 9, 2012
  • Bertel J.

    Best tips in he city but not for the asthmatic!

    Bertel J. · March 4, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · February 28, 2012
  • Marki L.

    Rib tips are great and ask for "Mr. Lem". Read more

    Marki Lemons Ryhal · May 23, 2011
  • ToryBurch

    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.

    ToryBurch · April 18, 2011
  • Joseph H.

    Pretty good BBQ.

    Joseph Huggins · September 25, 2010
  • Sandy W.

    Hot. Links.

    Sandy Witkow · May 27, 2010

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