Sweet Baby Ray’s – IL

Driving back to the hotel during a business trip to Des Plaines, I spotted Sweet Baby Ray’s.  Being an East coast girl, I’m accustomed to seeing Ray’s BBQ sauce in Whole Foods, Wegman’s, and the like so I was thrilled to see the actual restaurant.
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As soon as I parked the car and got out, the smell of smoky goodness wafted across the parking lot and I just knew I was in for some good ol’ down home bbq.  Unfortunately, I was a little let down when I got my pulled pork platter with their “famous” green chile mac n’ cheese.  The pulled pork was good but not great and had none of that smokiness I smelled in the parking lot.  I don’t know if they just smoke wood out back behind the restaurant for effect but I certainly didn’t taste any in the food.  The much-hyped mac n’ cheese was a little on the runny side and I got no heat from the tiny specks of green chile.  Turns out, the sweet potato fries were delicious and the highlight of the meal…go figure.

Sweet Baby Ray’s
800 East Higgins
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 437-9555
Food photo credit: Restaurant website

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