Carson's Inc

★★★★★
  • 612 N Wells St

    Chicago, IL 60654

    Cross street: At Ontario St, River North

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  • 312-280-9200

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The Deerfield locations is a great place to go if you enjoy the opportunity to have a fire at your table - no, not a fire on purpose, but on accident. While the food here is decent, the ownership is rude and completely insensitive to

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★★★★★

The Deerfield locations is a great place to go if you enjoy the opportunity to have a fire at your table - no, not a fire on purpose, but on accident. While the food here is decent, the ownership is rude and completely insensitive to

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The worst dining experience ever. Terrible service. Terrible food. They should not be allowed to call these ribs. The sauce was a disgusting ketchup onion powder mix, the ribs were overcooked and you needed a knife to cut through them. Literally nothing good about the entire experience. We had a group of seven and other than the coleslaw which was decent, but so runny it looked like a soup, not one person liked anything they had. At one point about 20 plates and bowls were stacked on the table for at least 10 minutes and when I asked the waitress to remove them her response was "That's the busboys job" The worst $250 I have ever spent. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place like the plague.

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The worst dining experience ever. Terrible service. Terrible food. They should not be allowed to call these ribs. The sauce was a disgusting ketchup onion powder mix, the ribs were overcooked and you needed a knife to cut through them. Literally nothing good about the entire experience. We had a group of seven and other than the coleslaw which was decent, but so runny it looked like a soup, not one person liked anything they had. At one point about 20 plates and bowls were stacked on the table for at least 10 minutes and when I asked the waitress to remove them her response was "That's the busboys job" The worst $250 I have ever spent. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place like the plague.

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The worst dining experience ever. Terrible service. Terrible food. They should not be allowed to call these ribs. The sauce was a disgusting ketchup onion powder mix, the ribs were overcooked and you needed a knife to cut through them.

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★★★★★

The worst dining experience ever. Terrible service. Terrible food. They should not be allowed to call these ribs. The sauce was a disgusting ketchup onion powder mix, the ribs were overcooked and you needed a knife to cut through them.

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when in Chicago, I asked some locals where to get good ribs/steak. They suggested Carson's, and I couldn't be more grateful!!!\r
We got ribs, that comes with a bread basket of unusual and fun selections, coleslaw (definitely a must get)

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★★★★★

when in Chicago, I asked some locals where to get good ribs/steak. They suggested Carson's, and I couldn't be more grateful!!!\r
We got ribs, that comes with a bread basket of unusual and fun selections, coleslaw (definitely a must get)

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What used to be an istitution in Chicago for BBQ has with out a doubt taken 10 steps back. After a long week I was in the mood for some good BBQ. The food was mediocre and the service was bad. 15-20 minutes to place a drink order is a

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★★★★★

What used to be an istitution in Chicago for BBQ has with out a doubt taken 10 steps back. After a long week I was in the mood for some good BBQ. The food was mediocre and the service was bad. 15-20 minutes to place a drink order is a

Pros: Old Chicago Icon

Cons: Service is old and tired

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i think who has written a review and didn't like the food, is crazy. Carson's has incredible ribs, bread, potatoes and coleslaw. And its not pricey at all for ribs. The only thing is the host was rude.

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★★★★★

i think who has written a review and didn't like the food, is crazy. Carson's has incredible ribs, bread, potatoes and coleslaw. And its not pricey at all for ribs. The only thing is the host was rude.

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Take it from a Memphis family of professional BBQ tasters, this place had poor, unfriendly service, they don't take reservations from groups less than six so the wait can be long for a less than mediocre product, and the BBQ is not

3
★★★★★

Take it from a Memphis family of professional BBQ tasters, this place had poor, unfriendly service, they don't take reservations from groups less than six so the wait can be long for a less than mediocre product, and the BBQ is not

Cons: sauce, BBQ, service

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I have always considered carsons to have to best ribs in the Loop. I have been there many times for several years. Ribs are always outstanding. If you want to it ribs you will not be disappointed

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★★★★★

I have always considered carsons to have to best ribs in the Loop. I have been there many times for several years. Ribs are always outstanding. If you want to it ribs you will not be disappointed

Pros: everthing

Cons: non

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I have eaten at Carsons for over 15 years, and it was formerly GREAT! Now the ribs are tough, and the usually outstanding giant NY Strip steak was overcooked and grissly. BIG dissappointment. The only saving graces here are the BBQ

3
★★★★★

I have eaten at Carsons for over 15 years, and it was formerly GREAT! Now the ribs are tough, and the usually outstanding giant NY Strip steak was overcooked and grissly. BIG dissappointment. The only saving graces here are the BBQ

Pros: BBQ Chicken, Pork Chop, Liver Pate'

Cons: SLOW service, Steak overcooked, Ribs tough

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After nearly 18 years in Chicago Carson's is still my "go to" place for ribs if I'm not making them myself. Went there on my first visit to Chicago in 1984 when I was looking for an apartment for a new job. Now I go but take the wife and

3
★★★★★

After nearly 18 years in Chicago Carson's is still my "go to" place for ribs if I'm not making them myself. Went there on my first visit to Chicago in 1984 when I was looking for an apartment for a new job. Now I go but take the wife and

Pros: Good Ribs, Kid Tolerant

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Ribs were dry, sauce was wet. The ribs were very ordinary and unimpressive. The sweet sauce is not my taste but would have been ok except it couldn't salvage the ribs.

Other stuff on the menu in our party was good but not unique.

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★★★★★

Ribs were dry, sauce was wet. The ribs were very ordinary and unimpressive. The sweet sauce is not my taste but would have been ok except it couldn't salvage the ribs.

Other stuff on the menu in our party was good but not unique.

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The ribs at Carson's could use a good boiling to tenderize them and remove some fat. The red coating that is applied causes the fat to congeal and the ribs to appear uncooked to most people.
Simply broiling the ribs makes them tough and

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★★★★★

The ribs at Carson's could use a good boiling to tenderize them and remove some fat. The red coating that is applied causes the fat to congeal and the ribs to appear uncooked to most people.
Simply broiling the ribs makes them tough and

Cons: Tough, high fat content, high cost

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Delicious BBQ sauce. The ribs were very tasty. BBQ pork sandwich was exceptionally good also. Will be back!!

3
★★★★★

Delicious BBQ sauce. The ribs were very tasty. BBQ pork sandwich was exceptionally good also. Will be back!!

Pros: Nice smoky flavor, Sauce was very smooth, Tender Pork Sandwich

Cons: little presentation

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If leather and beef jerky is the way ribs are to taste, then Carson's is the place you want to go. If they cook them any more well done, they'd turn into dust.

3
★★★★★

If leather and beef jerky is the way ribs are to taste, then Carson's is the place you want to go. If they cook them any more well done, they'd turn into dust.

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Sorry .. on my way out I did notice that you included Raleigh/Duram in your 'city' list ....

Been there too ... much 'Northern' influence from all those college kids that go to school down there ..
not the best example of 'Southern BBQ'

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Sorry .. on my way out I did notice that you included Raleigh/Duram in your 'city' list ....

Been there too ... much 'Northern' influence from all those college kids that go to school down there ..
not the best example of 'Southern BBQ'

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Restaurant ribs that are not char broiled or cooked in a smoker, taste like the ones I can & do make at home. Big Deal!!!!

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★★★★★

Restaurant ribs that are not char broiled or cooked in a smoker, taste like the ones I can & do make at home. Big Deal!!!!

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This place you will enjoy having to lick your fingers.

3
★★★★★

This place you will enjoy having to lick your fingers.

Pros: Great staff, large poortions

Cons: crowded, parking

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Yummmy! Try the pork chops too, they are excellent. Also, good mac and cheese for a side dish.

3
★★★★★

Yummmy! Try the pork chops too, they are excellent. Also, good mac and cheese for a side dish.

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Always excellent! You can't miss with Carson's. Service is great and the food is better!

3
★★★★★

Always excellent! You can't miss with Carson's. Service is great and the food is better!

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Carson's isn't just the place for ribs! The lunch menu is basic, but delivers a good hamburger, pork sandwich or chicken sandwich, complete with soup (great clam chowder, not fishy at all!) and ask for the cheddar potatoes!! ..and

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★★★★★

Carson's isn't just the place for ribs! The lunch menu is basic, but delivers a good hamburger, pork sandwich or chicken sandwich, complete with soup (great clam chowder, not fishy at all!) and ask for the cheddar potatoes!! ..and

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Price, Service, Small parking lot

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Of all the things I have to have when I travel back home to Chicago from FL. I have to eat Carson's ribs. They are the best. The meat just falls off the bone. They're lean and the sauce is to die for.

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★★★★★

Of all the things I have to have when I travel back home to Chicago from FL. I have to eat Carson's ribs. They are the best. The meat just falls off the bone. They're lean and the sauce is to die for.

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MMM MMMM MMMMMM is all I can say! Wish there were more locations. Living out of town makes it that much harder!

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★★★★★

MMM MMMM MMMMMM is all I can say! Wish there were more locations. Living out of town makes it that much harder!

Pros: Tasty, Reasonably Priced, mmm-mmm good

Cons: Not enough locals

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Always a good place to go. Delicious ribs. Got an old time supper place feel.

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★★★★★

Always a good place to go. Delicious ribs. Got an old time supper place feel.

Pros: dependable

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We ate at Carson's on a tip from a friendly cab driver. My advice: listen to cab drivers! The ribs were mouth-watering; however, because of the portions, I only ate half of mine. Service was impeccable; it was nice to have a waiter in a

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★★★★★

We ate at Carson's on a tip from a friendly cab driver. My advice: listen to cab drivers! The ribs were mouth-watering; however, because of the portions, I only ate half of mine. Service was impeccable; it was nice to have a waiter in a

Pros: Food, Service, Clubby Atmosphere

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In a city with a burgeoning barbecue scene, this veteran lives on, for better or worse. And while there is no dearth of good rib places in Chicago, few are more well-known than Carson's. The interior of its flagship on Wells Street will…

 

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