Dave Raymond, aka Sweet Baby Ray, namesake of the second best selling barbecue sauce in the nation, opened Sweet Baby Ray's Wood Dale Barbecue ... More
Sweet Baby Ray's
Dave Raymond, aka Sweet Baby Ray, namesake of the second best selling barbecue sauce in the nation, opened Sweet Baby Ray's Wood Dale Barbecue Restaurant in June of 2005. Raymond negotiated the opportunity to open four restaurants with the Sweet Baby Ray's banner when they sold the sauce business a few years ago. Wood Dale was a natural, since it is only a half-mile from his home. The 36-seat space reveals Raymond's attention to every aspect of the business, from the dA(C)cor to the menu. Booths are hand-carved out of solid blocks of wood. The cherry red floor comes from a plantation in Louisiana. Food trays are galvanized tin, to imitate the dA(C)cor of Chicago-style barbecue restaurants from the '50s and '60s. A bookcase full of barbecue books, barbecue posters, and even a chronological historical series of Sweet Baby Ray's Sauce bottles adorn the walls. Other accents depict Chicago landmarks. A display of sports memorabilia includes the last Cubs banner to hang in Candlestick Park traded by the field crew for five pork sandwiches. There is also a unique collection of Sweet Baby Ray's personal memorabilia from the "West Side, Best Side" where he was raised.
first time back since they opened and saw their prices and left..but did go there for their all you can eat ribs and here's the lowdown...ribs had the smoke ring within which means that it indeed was smoked,they peeled off the bone relatively easy and were very tasty,BUT as they were reheated not thoroughly because the bones werent hot causeing the meat to go cold very quikly after serving i was left with cold food [heat dissipated fast from cold bones!] the baked beans were very good and the cole slaw also was very good..if they can fix the hot food problem without drying out the ribs would be a big plus!..still a pricey meal, $22.00 for ribs and small drink...
This place is great. We eat here about every month or so. Great ribs, Great sandwiches, Delicious sides. Not the place to go if you want huge piles of bland food... Good food at a good value. Good size portions for a healthy meal without stuffing yourself. Everything is perfectly seasoned. Even the mac and cheese has a nice zip to them without being too spicy. Very friendly atmosphere and the place is always busy when we go there. If meeting people there, grab a table as soon as you get there because they go fast. Don't know about the other guys who reviewed it but if you want cheap food go to Mc Donald's and order off the dollar menu.
I don't agree with those other 2 reviews at all. This place is great. Everything they make is delicious, and the people are really nice. They have free kids' meals on Tuesdays and a great pulled pork, fries and drink for $6. I love going here.
HUGE dissapointment here. when they first opened they charged me $8 + for a shrimp po-boy that litterally has 4 shimp in it extra for side that came in a tiny cup. Hugely overpriced ! hasnt changed much since then except prices went up AGAIN. Wont be back EVER.
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