For years my husband has mentioned a great lunch spot near his
office in Westmont. He described the great sauces and pulled pork
sandwiches at this "little place," Uncle Bub's. Finally, my
rib-loving 8-year-old insisted we all go.
I'm glad he did.
There's nothing fancy about Uncle Bub's, with its wood booths
and slightly southern tin-sign décor. But what it offers is really
finger-licking good food at fair prices. We stepped up to the
counter to face an extensive menu of ribs, chicken and pork.
Baby-back or St. Louis style ribs? Would you like your chicken
broasted or barbecued? Which sides would you like with that? View
the full menu online ahead of time to save yourself time and
It's one of those places where you order at the counter and go
find a table. But I was wonderfully surprised to discover that did
not mean a sacrifice in service. The servers were so friendly and
attentive, recommending sides, refilling our drinks, seeing to our
every need. When you're covered in barbecue sauce it's nice to have
someone go refill your soda cup.
Most importantly though, the food is delicious. I splurged on
the Rib & Chicken Combo ($18.49) and found both tender and
juicy. With tangy baked beans, crisp coleslaw and cornbread, there
was definitely enough for leftovers. My son raved about the Chicken
Leg Basket from the kids' menu ($5.49) even while he stole ribs off
Dad's platter. In fact, while you can get a burger or chicken
strips on the kids' menu, it's barbecue centered, offering menu
staples in kid-sized portions.
Each table has bottles of mild and spicy sauce, but the
restaurant also features a condiment bar with every conceivable hot
sauce, mustard and garnish you can imagine. In fact, my kids
snacked on sliced pickles before dinner while I grabbed the
necessary side sauces.
We were too full to sample the bread pudding or peach cobbler,
but my boys did enjoy their soft-serve cones from the ice cream
bar. A treasure in its local community for more than 10 years,
Uncle Bub's is worth the trip for good, unfussy barbecue.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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