Leon's Famous Ribs | Lincoln Park | American, Barbecue/Ribs | Restaurant

Leon's Famous Ribs Menu

Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days

Price: $

Spiffed-up north-side outpost of the Leon's empire of bad barbecue.

Restaurant Details

The Leon’s barbecue empire now has a foothold on the north side, and management has made a curious effort to spiff things up. For one thing, there’s no bulletproof glass separating patrons from the pit. Classy tiled flooring, live green plants, and flashing electric order and pickup signs make this joint look like a fern bar compared with the dingy south-side holes that push Leon’s consistently bad barbecue. Unfortunately the differences are only superficial. The pork at the new Leon's, as at the original south-side location, tilts heavily toward the extreme pink end of the spectrum, implying a proper smoke, but failing to deliver significant flavor. There’s a nice carmelization on the ribs and tips, but it disguises meat that’s a little too soft -- perhaps a nod to the north side’s supposed preference for fall-off-the-bone “meat Jell-O.” Probably the best things going here are the fries, which are thick and crispy as opposed to the undercooked sauce-soaked potato noodles that bed barbecue all over the city. You’ll want to preserve their crunch by ordering the thick, dark, and very sweet sauce on the side. The barbecue here might do in an emergency, but sadly provides no real reason to get it on the north side.

Mike Sula

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Price: $

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