Merle's Barbeque

★★★★☆
  • 1727 Benson Ave

    Evanston, IL 60201

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  • 847-475-2229

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It has a great bar area, with the restaurant area a few steps higher. It'd be a great place to have a birthday party and it always has a great atmosphere for the college age

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It has a great bar area, with the restaurant area a few steps higher. It'd be a great place to have a birthday party and it always has a great atmosphere for the college age

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Merle's BBQ is a great place to go with a friend or with a huge group -- there are big tables that can seat 10-20 people. The food is great, the sides are incredibly tasty and the meat is to die for. Yum!

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Merle's BBQ is a great place to go with a friend or with a huge group -- there are big tables that can seat 10-20 people. The food is great, the sides are incredibly tasty and the meat is to die for. Yum!

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We have been Merle's regulars for a long time. We are beef rib fans and if you like beef ribs, you'll get great ones here. The ribs are big, meaty, lean and give you a bit of a fight on the bone - definitely not boiled before smoking. Merle's has the leanest beef ribs we've found. There was even one time when when they wouldn't serve them because the quality wasn't right. The sauces are great - try the Texas sauce on the beef ribs and there is a nice selection of sides.

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★★★★☆

We have been Merle's regulars for a long time. We are beef rib fans and if you like beef ribs, you'll get great ones here. The ribs are big, meaty, lean and give you a bit of a fight on the bone - definitely not boiled before smoking. Merle's has the leanest beef ribs we've found. There was even one time when when they wouldn't serve them because the quality wasn't right. The sauces are great - try the Texas sauce on the beef ribs and there is a nice selection of sides.

Pros: Good service.

Cons: Parking is sometimes tough.

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With a student going to NU, we've frequented quite a few places inthe Evanston area. Merle's seems to be one that we come back to. The service has always been great, and the St.Louis ribs are fantastic. Give this place a try.

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With a student going to NU, we've frequented quite a few places inthe Evanston area. Merle's seems to be one that we come back to. The service has always been great, and the St.Louis ribs are fantastic. Give this place a try.

Pros: St. Louis ribs, SERVICE

Cons: parking

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We go to Merles for most every special dinner!! The food is to die for. We order the "Bardnyard platter" and the three of us share it. It is chicken, porkchops and ribs, lots of sides, the best bread! MMMmmmm They sauces for the ribs are great. I would recommend eating here if you are into the best BBQ!

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★★★★★

We go to Merles for most every special dinner!! The food is to die for. We order the "Bardnyard platter" and the three of us share it. It is chicken, porkchops and ribs, lots of sides, the best bread! MMMmmmm They sauces for the ribs are great. I would recommend eating here if you are into the best BBQ!

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I have been going to Merle's since they first opened and called themselves: Merle's Rib Palace...and you can't keep myself or my husband away!

The barbecue ribs are out of this world! Always tender and falling off the bone. I like the tangy sauce and hubby likes the sweet sauce.

Their chicken is always tender and the portions are generous. We almost always get the rib/chicken combo and we can never eat it all!

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★★★★★

I have been going to Merle's since they first opened and called themselves: Merle's Rib Palace...and you can't keep myself or my husband away!

The barbecue ribs are out of this world! Always tender and falling off the bone. I like the tangy sauce and hubby likes the sweet sauce.

Their chicken is always tender and the portions are generous. We almost always get the rib/chicken combo and we can never eat it all!

Pros: Delicious food, Fun atmosphere, Good service

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First ten or so visits my friends and I couldn't veer from the "Barnyard Platter" (ribs, chicken, pork chops, multiple choices from the side order list).

As much as I like their St. Louis style ribs with dry rub, I can't say enough about their smoked chicken.

Try the "Catnips" fried catfish appetizer, fresh and not greasy.

Oh, and to the reviewer that claimed he couldn't get extra sauce - there are always bottles of two types of bbq sauce (vinegar based and sweet bbq) on every table.

Back room is a bit darker and built to accomodate large groups.

2
★★★★★

First ten or so visits my friends and I couldn't veer from the "Barnyard Platter" (ribs, chicken, pork chops, multiple choices from the side order list).

As much as I like their St. Louis style ribs with dry rub, I can't say enough about their smoked chicken.

Try the "Catnips" fried catfish appetizer, fresh and not greasy.

Oh, and to the reviewer that claimed he couldn't get extra sauce - there are always bottles of two types of bbq sauce (vinegar based and sweet bbq) on every table.

Back room is a bit darker and built to accomodate large groups.

Pros: dry rub ribs, smoked chicken, festive atmosphere

Cons: , too many good choices

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If the entire marketing of a restaurant rides on claims of authenticity, it ought to be held to a high standard. My girlfriend and I, recent transplants from NC, visited Merle's hoping to find a spot we could return to for a "home" fix. We were sorely disappointed. The bbq isn't even close, the bun way off, no extra sauce, and the ultimate offense: no sweet tea! The wait staff was less than helpful, mocking my handwritten suggestion that sweet tea be added, asking each other why we moved to Chicago if we wanted "real Southern food." (They were standing five feet away!) My fried chicken was brown instead of golden, causing me to question how often they change their oil. I waited months to write this review, and I still get angry thinking about it. We'll drive 30 miles to Red Hot + Blue before ever eating there again.

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★★★☆☆

If the entire marketing of a restaurant rides on claims of authenticity, it ought to be held to a high standard. My girlfriend and I, recent transplants from NC, visited Merle's hoping to find a spot we could return to for a "home" fix. We were sorely disappointed. The bbq isn't even close, the bun way off, no extra sauce, and the ultimate offense: no sweet tea! The wait staff was less than helpful, mocking my handwritten suggestion that sweet tea be added, asking each other why we moved to Chicago if we wanted "real Southern food." (They were standing five feet away!) My fried chicken was brown instead of golden, causing me to question how often they change their oil. I waited months to write this review, and I still get angry thinking about it. We'll drive 30 miles to Red Hot + Blue before ever eating there again.

Pros: Neat decor

Cons: Average food, Poor service, Rude wait staff

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I have dined at Merle's several times and never been disappointed. It doesn't have the ambience of Carsons in Deerfield, but it's a lot more fun. Definitely a great place to take a family.

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★★★★☆

I have dined at Merle's several times and never been disappointed. It doesn't have the ambience of Carsons in Deerfield, but it's a lot more fun. Definitely a great place to take a family.

Pros: Fun, Reliable, Reasonable

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The theme is country western, with walls decorated with album covers by the likes of Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker and Elvis. Corny sayings dot the menu, including the restaurant motto: "BBQ so good, it makes you wanna…

 

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