Russell?s BBQ in Elmwood Park was my first dining experience I can recall from my childhood. I fell in love with BBQ as a result, and have spent all of my adult life refining my skills as a BBQ pit master. There are many regional BBQ?s, and most every fan of the ?Q? has a favorite style, but good ?Q?, even if not one?s favorite, is still good. Prior to leaving the Chicago area in ?06, my wife and I went to the Elmwood Park location for one last time, knowing our return to Chicago was going to be infrequent. As per normal, the ribs and pork sandwiches were wonderful, and the distinctive sauce was tasty. We returned to Chicago in ?09, and decided to stop at the Rolling Meadows location (which we have frequented many times) for a quick lunch before our flight ? WHAT A DISASTER!!! The meat was dry, and the sauce was terrible. I was wondering if the Rolling Meadows location was under new ownership ? I questioned if it was still affiliated with the original Russell?s. For decades, Russell?s was always consistent ? event when they had three locations. Well, in reading the reviews, it seems the Elmwood Park location also has lowered their standards. New ownership?? Nothing is forever, but it?s sad when an iconic restaurant which has generational follower-ship exists in name only? I?ll go again ? for the memories? Not to eat.
Pros: The memories.
Cons: The food.