Crystal Lake Rib House

BBQ Restaurant
540 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 540 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake Directions
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90% of 1852 customers recommended

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Email Special
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Senior Citizen Discount
Monday, Sunday
Senior citizens (65 and older) get a half-slab dinner free with the purchase of a full slab dinner
Kids Eat Free
Tuesday, Thursday
Kids eat free from kids' menu

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Barbecue, American, Steak, Catering, Deli
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
  • Cuisine
    Barbecue, American, Steak, Catering, Deli
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
  • Alcohol
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Delivery
  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Catering
  • Good For Kids
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From Our Editors

Inside the kitchens of Crystal Lake Rib House, chef David Faccone takes a methodical, multistep approach to making his baby back ribs: he covers them with dry rub, smokes them, and finally chargrills them before brushing over the final product with housemade barbecue sauce. His work has paid off—his tender baby back slabs earned the restaurant a 2012 Best of the Fox Award for Barbecue from Planit Northwest, as well as praise from Pat Bruno of the Chicago Sun-Times, who called them "a gift from the Gods of barbecue." In addition to ribs, the cooks also chargrill half-pound burgers, topping them with lettuce and tomato or a meaty pile of pulled pork and melted cheddar. The kitchen’s old-fashioned attention to smoked flavor is reflected in the building itself, an old house whose wooden front porch is adorned with wagon wheels. Inside, rustic hardwood floors support tables topped with white-and-red-checkered cloths, where patrons dip their spoons into hearty chili and sip domestic and imported brews.

Crystal Lake Rib House also arranges catering services for office gatherings, family reunions, and pool parties near bubbling barbecue-sauce springs. They have even catered for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Randy Travis, and Illinois governors, according to staff.

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