After trying to catch a last meal at Strawberry Fields yesterday (sadly they have closed their cafe...one of our favorite lunch spots, boo hoo...), we ended up in campustown, trying to catch a meal somewhere we normally avoid during the school year. We tried out a place we pass all the time and say 'we should go there'...Blues BBQ.
It was 5pm on Friday...over the summer...so we were the only people there. Which was fine with us since our boys have decided to go crazy everytime in public these days. They have a somewhat conservative menu but all the essentials to good barbeque including chicken, pork (really good!), brisket (great!), steak tip, and ribs. And they have meatloaf! I love meatloaf! They also have hot links and hot dogs. Their sides include mac and cheese (which was awesome!), coleslaw (ok), potato salad (ok), red beans and rice...with sausage (great!), corn bread, potato wedges, baked potatoes, bbq corn, baked beans, and collard greens (we didn't try these yet). We saw but did not indulge in the monster-sized cookies, brownies, and apple blossoms. They also have a veggie sandwich but I didn't ask what it was.
Everything we had was good and very reasonably priced. Although they don't have a kids' menu (why would a campus place need one, really)...we got the kids a side of mac and cheese and a hot dog to share. And it was plenty for the two little ones. The portions were big. Great for dinner (especially since we really didn't eat lunch) but probably too big for lunch. I think my husband I could share a sandwich meal for lunch with ease. The service as fast and hot.
They are open late (so a great meal after a show at Krannert). They also delivery and cater. Additionally, they have a frozen section of meats that you can bring home and heat up yourself.
We would recommend it to anyone (and they have other locations in IL) who likes a good bbq sandwich and good, Southern sides. Honestly, I still think Hickory River is the best in town but this one is up there and more convenient at times.