Fat Willy's Rib Shack

(773) 782-1800

2414 W Schubert Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions   60647

41.930355 -87.688457

 
Restaurants, Catering, Barbecue Restaurants  more

Price: $

Tags: B.Y.O.B., Cheap Eats, Family-Friendly Dining, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: North Side, Bucktown

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Reviews for Fat Willy's Rib Shack

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

BEWARE – When we finally got seated, I was ready to eat some BBQ ribs! I thought to myself, terrible hostess but possibly delicious BBQ ribs waiting for us. When the BBQ ribs came to our table, they all appeared to look dark black. I said to myself it was the BBQ glaze all over the ribs, well I was completely wrong. Just biting into those ribs were just charcoal. The BBQ ribs were burnt, dry, and little meat. It was completely disgusting. I asked my girlfriend to taste my ribs to find out her opinion. She couldnt eat much of it since there wasnt any meat on the bones except for charcoal. The quality of ribs to the price we paid for them was NOT WORTH MY MONEY! Beware and caution yourself if you go there and hopefully you can have a better experience than mine was.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Outstanding – I've had BBQ all over the world and the US and I think Fat Willy's is one of the Best. As a man from Chicago, I take my BBQ very Seriously. Up until now, I thought Carsons had the best Ribs in the city. I like Ribs with the sweet BBQ that strech off the rib. I know, others like it to fall off or like dry BBQ. Not me! The Flavor is a cross between, chinese and open pit, OUTstanding.

Recommends
over a year ago

Authentic barbecue spot in the shadows of the City North cineplex. – In Short
It's downright homey inside this laid-back Logan Square barbecue joint. Most folks do takeout, but the tight space does offer a few booths for seating, plus a cooler for keeping drinks cold (it's B.Y.O.B.). The menu brims with Southern favorites like slow-cooked pork ribs or rib tips in light, slightly sweet sauce. Chicken, served dry or dipped (covered in barbecue sauce), is charred on the outside and moist inside.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

terrible service – not worth waiting an hour for a burger that was not prepared as specified- no apologies made for the lengthy wait & lack of quality control- customer service obviously not enforced-

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Beyond Delicious! – Driving up Western Ave how can you NOT stop by Fat Willy's? The aroma of the BBQ makes your tummy grumble and nothing else will satisfy. I have been across the country and eaten in plenty of BBQ joints - Fat Willy's is by far the best in Chicago! The pulled-pork sandwich is the bomb be sure to get extra slaw because that too is spectacular!

Doesn't Recommend
2.5
over a year ago

not all that – ive been to bbq joints all over and this place aint special. for instance, the baked beans are over the top. too many ingredients. and a pulled pork sandwich for 8 bucks? come on.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Great place – Great food. I love the chicken sandwich (which I can rarely eat more than half of), the ribs are awesome and they also have one of the best hamburgers in the city. Cramped on the inside, and a lack of a non-smoking section is a turn off for me, but I'll keep coming back for the food.

I think this place hands down the best bar-b-q place dollar for dollar in Chicago.

Doesn't Recommend
1.5
over a year ago

Old Ribs – Ribs were very dry and tasted like they had been cooked several days beforehand. Appeared as though they heated them and then put more BBQ sause on top. Not very tasty at all!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

eight – This place rivals twisted spoke with out a second thought.

Great fresh tastefull and the more than enough on your plate. Makes you go on your way with a happy tummy :)

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Fat Willy Slim Price – I have eaten at all the editor's picks. Fat Willy's is the best bbq in the city. BYOB and put it in the cooler, sit outside or in. Staff is curtious. Check out a movie across the street!

I and everyone that I've taken there loves this place.

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