Big Ange’s Eatery Review – Arlington Heights, IL

Big Ange's Eatery Review

Big Ange’s Eatery Review

Big Ange’s Eatery Review. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by Big Ange’s. Really wasn’t aware of what they offered, even tho it’s announced in big letters on a number of outdoor signs.

But it came up in a search for “burgers” in that part of the city, and boy, and I glad it did. Quality.Care.Quality.Care. That’s the deal.  I had the “Petite Burger” which is a single patty with thick pickle chips, a house-made mayo/mustard spread, and diced red onion. Many optional add-ons are available of course, bacon, cheese, fried egg and so on.

It’s a flavorful patty that stands up well on it’s own. Perched on a bakery soft, butter kissed roll, substantial enough to not give way to the toppings.  Fresh cut crispy fries are one available side, hot from the fryer and lightly salted.

Wash it down with shakes made from in-house made ice cream.  Wow.

Doing a respectable job of respecting the ‘Vid.  Sat outside on the small patio and the (owner/manager?) stopped by to see if everything was to our satisfaction and inquiring if there was anything else we needed.

Parking can be a challenge, but you should definitely hit this place.

P.S.  I have no clue how to pronounce the name and didn’t ask. An-gie?  Anggg? An-gee?

Menu below and online.  Click to enlarge.

Big Ange's Eatery Review








Big Ange's Eatery Review








Big Ange’s Eatery Review
Big Ange’s Eatery Review

Doing a respectable job of respecting the ‘Vid.  Sat outside on the small patio and the (owner/manager?) stopped by to see if everything was to our satisfaction and inquiring if there was anything else we needed.

Parking can be a challenge, but you should definitely hit this place.

P.S.  I have no clue how to pronounce the name and didn’t ask. An-gie?  Anggg? An-gee?

BBQ King Smokehouse Review – Huntley, IL

BBQ King Smokehouse Review


BBQ King Smokehouse Review

A friend wanted to check this place out, had never had brisket before and wanted to see what all the hubbub was about.  So we drove out to the Huntley edition of the BBQ King Smokehouse, we could have opted for his other location, in Woodstock IL, as well.  This one is newer.

We knew we were going to get the food to go, there’s a nice park/town square in Huntley, and it was a great day for a picnic lunch.

I’ve been lucky to have been to some of the great BBQ centers in the US, including five of the restaurants in Lockhart, TX, and a number of them along the Historic NC BBQ Trail, including BBQ Center in Lexington, as well as stops in Memphis, St Louis and the rest.

I’m not comparing this place to any of those.

I started with the oversized pretzel for $6, “glazed with butter and salt” and a side of “our house-made cheese sauce.”  It was the doughy type of pretzel, no exterior crispness. The cheese has some bite to it. The pretzel served me was devoid of any salt.

I ordered a hamburger, with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion.  Each “topping” was 75 cents, so that added nearly $4.00 to an $11 burger. Included with sandwiches are fries and a couple of bites of slaw.

The burger patty itself was good enough, “100% beef brisket” the menu claims. The bun was bakery soft, but ample enough to hold the toppings.

The fries are the extruded variety, and if you’re a regular reader, you already know those aren’t my favorites. I can’t imagine why any restaurant uses them. Price? Speed of cooking?

Salad Anyone?

My coleslaw was non-descript, neither sweet, tangy, or creamy.  Curiously, the dressing on mine was white, the dressing on my friend’s serving was yellow.  There’s a “Q” place in the Mississippi delta, Abe’s, I swear has the best slaw on the planet, and he swears the only ingredients are sugar and vinegar.  I don’t believe him.  (Abe’s has been open since 1924 and is located in Clarksdale, MS at the famous “Crossroads” where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for becoming a guitar virtuoso). (So the story goes).  It’s only a ten-hour drive if you feel the urge.

On to the brisket.  Sandwich came with fries, slaw, and cornbread. In my experience, brisket should be the star of any BBQ joint.  It’s what some people work for years to perfect.

This shredded beef lacked much smoke flavor and was relatively sauceless.  The texture was good, it was a nice cut of meat.

Finally, our “to-go bag” was missing the following:  cutlery, salt/pepper, napkins, sauce, butter, or honey for the cornbread.

There were two tables in use when we walked in, and one server. She did a good enough job and was very pleasant.

Why a burger for me?  I like to see how restaurants do with menu items that aren’t their specialty.

I have friends who swear by this place, they just love it.  You probably will too.  All restaurants are having a tough time during the “difficulty,” but especially local mom and pops.  Give them your biz, whether you choose to dine in, carry out, or have delivery.




Catering Menu.





BBQ King Smokehouse Woodstock Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
BBQ King Smokehouse Review

BBQ King Smokehouse Review

Blues BBQ and Grill Review – East Dundee, IL

The Blues BBQ and Grill Review East Dundee

Table top BBQ sauces

So there were these guys, living in Maryland, disgusted with the state of ‘cue in the area, so they bought a truck and created their own.  From there, they have expanded to brick and mortars in  Virginia and East Dundee, IL.   The latter location seems like a stretch for managing, but hey, their working overtime leads to better meal opportunities for me.

I tried to get in here last time through town, but it was closed for a private party.  Not so tonight. “The Blues” peddles a variety of BBQ entrees and styles (KC, Memphis, Savannah).   I enjoy South Carolina / Georgia “yellow” BBQ, which was made famous, I suspect, by the late regional pitmaster Maurice Bessinger, and his regional chain of “Piggy Park” BBQs. In addition to the mustard based sauce, ‘cue in those parts are just as likely to use chopped ham as pulled pork.  It’s a tasty experience.

The full menu at Blues BBQ incorporates the ‘cue with a number of Southern staples and sides, like fried green tomatoes, collard greens and the like.

They make their sauces in-house, and the KC one leans toward the ‘sweet’ end of the taste spectrum, while the others are more the vinegar variety. They have a ‘secret’ kitchen seasoning they call “crack,” which they apply amply to many of the dishes.  If you’re sensitive to salt, as for your hand-cut, fresh fries unseasoned.

I’ve been blessed lately in the burger world, to have consumed some really outstanding beef patties, and tonight was no exception. Prepared as ordered to medium rare, the 8 oz slap o’ meat, dressed with lettuce and a crispy tomato was darned near burger perfection.  The toasted rolls are hearty, soft enough for your palate, but substantial enough to securely hold the patty.

As I previously opined, the menu is lengthy, and I’d stop again to try some of the other dishes – they also have a lot of appetizers that look interesting and some special craft cocktails if you’re into that.

Whether you find yourself in suburban Chicago, Roanoke, VA, or Frederick, MD, look up the Blues BBQ guys for some good grub.

Blues BBQ and Grill Review

Bacon Cheeseburger

Blues BBQ and Grill on Urbanspoon


Blues BBQ and Grill Review

Elgin, IL – Elgin Pit BBQ Review

Elgin Pit BBQ ReviewBarbecue isn’t at the top of my list of cravings, but once and awhile, I appreciate some good ‘cue, especially whole hog pulled pork. Mrs. BurgerDogBoy loves it, so we do seek it out from time to time.

Probably the best we’ve ever had was in the ‘barbecue capital’ of Texas, a town called Lockhart, between Houston and Austin. If you enjoy Texas style barbecue, and haven’t been there, go! A close second or tie for first was navigating our way down the North Carolina barbecue trail last year. Many think that our modern style of barbecue was first introduced in North Carolina, and there are a good couple dozen places dating back a hundred years that will try and convince you of that fact.

I’ve had ‘passable’ barbecue here in Portland, at a place that was owned by “Snoop Dog’s” uncle.

“Experts” believe that barbecue is an art, and I have to say I might agree.  The US is home to many different styles of preparation, including Carolina, Kansas City, Memphis, Texas and more.  Some are sauced, some are dry rubbed.  Some in North Carolina have a mustard-based sauce, instead of a tomato one.  I do like that.

I admire anybody that starts a restaurant.  Hard, thankless work, for little chance of success.  Especially when they start a place in a geographical area not particularly known to be a hot bed of that genre, like the Elgin Pit BBQ in Elgin, IL.

They have all the usual offerings and sides, and it can all be ordered ala carte, as a plate dinner, or in combinations.  The “two meat combo,” comes with your choice of two meats (ribs, pork, brisket, sausage, chicken) and two sides.  I opted for take out, and went with chicken and pulled pork, fries and collard greens.   Collard greens ARE one of my top cravings.

Elgin’s are slightly sweet, which is a surprise, as I am used to a thick smoke flavor seasoned with garlic, processed pork, and onion.  Elgin’s are a-ok, not just my preparation preference.

The pulled pork and chicken were excellent.  Chicken was sauced, pork was not.  Both had benefited from hours in the in-house smoker.

Give them a try if you’re passing through the area, or take a drive and pick some up.   In a world of suburbs chock a block full of hot dog and pizza joints, Elgin BBQ Pit is an island of unique flavors.

Here’s their menu.

Elgin Pit Barbecue




Elgin BBQ Pit on Urbanspoon

Elgin Pit BBQ

Chicago, IL – Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ

Heading over there Wednesday nite, will let you know what I find.  I didn’t know this was a Chicago company, or that the sauce of the same name was created by some local guys.  Curious note on the SBR’s menu, that some of the dishes have “Louisiana” names, and ‘cue isn’t a big thing in Louisiana.

Anyway, Wednesday, because they have “all you can eat” rib nite.  Probably have to get separate tables for me and Mrs. Burgerdogboy; getting in her way when she’s eating any meat of the bone can cost you a finger or two!  And she do love her ribs.  Want to place a bet on how many she will eat?