Lisle >Food & Dining > John's Rib House
1221 Maple Ave, Lisle, IL | Directions 6053241.786319 -88.075696
Daily, 11am - 9pm
Best BBQ in the Midwest – I have a passion for home cooked food. At John's you do not pay for his advertisement, you do not pay for his high end seating and light fixtures, you don't pay for the fine china they serve their food on, because none of that will be found there! At John's you pay a reasonable price (multiple lunch specials under $10) , for some of the best food you will ever eat. Since my first trip to Johns I have been back on a near weekly basis, and they catered my family's Christmas Eve Dinner. I first had the Rib sandwich, which came with grilled onions and green peppers upon request, and the sweet and tangy sauce that wasn't too thick or remotely watery had me planning my next meal. I came back for a pulled pork, which is slow cooked for 13 hours, the pork is so tender you almost dont need to chew. My dad went to try it out after I gave him my initial review and the smell had him hooked. He ordered a full slab of baby backs, a rib sandwich, a catfish sandwich and a slice of peach cobbler. John bbq got my dads stamp of approval but he told me above everything, the catfish was by far the best he had ever had in his entire life. I had try it myself and I can attest, it is breaded and spiced to perfection, I have never tasted any catfish that is up to par with John's.
On Christmas Eve my dad gave me $100 and told me to get as much food as I could from my friend John. John sent me home with a slab of baby backs, a pound and a half of pulled pork, 4 catfish pieces, 2 pounds of rib tips, 5 hot links, and 2 slices of cobbler, and $20 left in my wallet! I could go on and on my friends. The cobbler is homemade by John's mom, it is to die for. The babybacks are better then any Ive had in Chicago or Nashville. Famous Daves, Gematos, The Patio, Portillos/Barnellis dont even belong in the same conversation as John's. All my life ive been under the impression rib tips are fatty, low quality pieces of meat. John showed me what a true rib tip is, 2 pounds of tips, not one piece of fat. I have never had a hot link before, but my mom grew up in Texas and said she hasnt had something like that since she was growing up. I highly recommend the Catfish, the hot links, the pulled pork, and the cobbler. For dinner go for the ribtips and babybacks. Their curly fries are hand cut, the slaw is homemade by mom and pop, the wings are triple the size of your average wing. I promise you will never be disappointed walking out of John's.
John's is family owned, it is John Sr who started the restaurant, and his son John Jr, with mom making desserts that they bring from home. You just dont find that these days. The second time ate at John's I saw a man sitting inside, but he wasnt eating he was just hanging out talking to John Jr.I thought that was very unique. If you come in odds are you will see me in there,not eating, but shooting the breeze with my friend John Jr. In a short time and a few visits he took the time to get to know me, and he has earned himself a customer for life.I have never written a review for a restaurant, but I took the time out for this because not only do John and his dad deserve for the world to know about their restaurant, but anyone who loves food deserves to know about John's.John Jr is one the nicest, most humble people you will ever meet. Every time I tell him how good his food is he says thank you like he has never heard it before. He is a man of principle, he knows how to run a business. He is going to be running a stand in Downtown Naperville right outside of Barnes and Noble this year, from 11am-3pm for lunch and 11pm-3am for the night crowd. If this restaurant was publicly traded I would buy stock TODAY. Go check out John's Rib House, get a business card, have them cater your next work luncheon, or graduation party, or anything.Tell him Palmer sent you, if Im there and you are unsatisfied the meal is on me.
Extraordinary BBQ!! – Honestly, try this place now. It's in the strip mall across Maple from the Jewel at the intersection of Maple Ave. and Rt. 53. It's a single door place that is family owned and operated. The prices are totally reasonable, there are millions of reasons to go to Johns, here are 3...
1. I consider myself a BBQ fanatic, I traveled to Kansas City just to try Arthur Bryants (great BTW), I am really a sauce guy, any stellar BBQ establishment will have great Ribs, Pork, Chicken, etc. So it all comes down to the sauce. Johns sauce is MY FAVORITE BBQ SAUCE EVER! I cannot overstate how good this sauce is, slightly smokey, slightly spicy, it's perfect, perfect BBQ sauce IN LISLE!
2. The Rib Tips! The Pulled Pork! I know that's two things but you have to try both! You get plenty of sauce, cooked to perfection! You will have dreams about them, I promise.
3. The Cheese Sauce/Dip. Get it for the fries, it's got a little chili or something in it, it's like the American Dream!
I have no idea how this place is so small, it's much better than Famous Daves, etc.! I promise you that you will love this place! As far as I can tell John is the only guy that works there, he is a great guy! Go to Johns, then tell your friends, this man deserves a very successful business!
Best ribs in the burbs – John's Ribs are the best in Lisle....actually in all of the western suburbs. I've been there at least a dozen times and have been impressed each time. Not only are his ribs amazing, but they're very reasonably priced. His chocolate cake is amazing (when it's availaible), but I'm going to have to push for his peach cobbler. I have to make sure to only get the half slab so I have room for it. I have also sampled his fried catfish. It's some of the best I've ever had. John, the owner is extremely personable as well. Not only is he a great guy to talk to, but very accomidating to your tastes. I can not suggest this place enough!
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