Big Iron Horse

4.5
74 reviews
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Barbecue
Big Iron Horse Barbecue was created to bring flavors and cooking techniques of Texas, the great Southwest, and the Caribbean together for a unique blend of fusion barbecue. The Big Iron begins by introducing custom rub blends and smoke flavors to prime cuts of beef, pork, and chicken. Each are cooked low and slow to perfection then garnished with a select barbeque glaze. Most entrees and fresh garden salads are then complimented with sides such as barbecue Cuban black beans, cilantro jasmine rice, fresh fruit, sweet corn bread, and fresh vegetables
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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was a very tiny place and when I walked in, no one acknowledged me. I wasn’t even sure I had entered through the right door! The menu online is far more extensive than in the restaurant. The food was decent and our waitress was nice enough. It just didn’t feel like the best dining experience overall.

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g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Best BBQ ever! We love this special spot.

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RB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the roasted spinach artichoke dip! Burgers are wonderful as well as the pulled pork. Fish tacos on Friday are special. Environment is cozy and fun. I wish they didn't have a TV which detracts from the atmosphere of any restaurant that's not a sports bar. Prices are what you'd expect in a wealthier area like Barrington. Very small so seating is a bit limited. I would recommend reservations.

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BL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu has its own unique twist compared with what you might be used to. The fish tacos are excellent. Kids menu has good variety an is reasonably priced. The pizza is very good but the BBQ is why you want to visit again and again. Burgers are also great. They come with fries which are fresh cut and better than anywhere I have ever had fries.

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g
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 5 of us loved our dinners, exceptional fish tacos!!!! Already looking forward to returning and they take reservations!

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CG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

I'm not sure if our waitress' name but she was outstanding. We loved her personality. She had such a dry sense of humor and a dead pan face we just loved her. It was very quiet for a Saturday night, but that's more our scene anyway. The food was good. But our waitress definitely would be the reason we return.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Too salty. We both woke up dying of thirst.

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N
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be sure to make a reservation, the restaurant is small. Food was amazing. It's a bit on the pricier side, but we'll worth it. Service is excellent as well. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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J
Chicago
150 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome find. From the moment you walk in the aroma of smoked meats is awesome. Had the brisket and it was delicious, literally melts in your mouth. Looking forward to trying more items on the menu. First time here, but won't be my last. Service was excellent.

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Generally the barbecue is fantastic and the service is great. This time, though, the ribs were undercooked (tough) and it took a long time to get served. I'm still a believer, but more attention to details would be great.

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E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pulled pork tacos and bbq beef tenderloin sandwich; both outstanding but the next day I actually wanted to drive back just to get those pork tacos. A definite find in Barrington that we will go back to!

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food undeniably delicious, very small seating area.
We were a party of 4 arrived early for our dinner reservation as restaurant was just starting to take dinner orders. Our server had also just arrived to begin work. She attempted to take our order and seemed confused and wasn’t able to comprehend. She returned to take our order again and than again for a total of 3 times. She should never have been at work in whatever condition she was in . Finally another very accommodating server took care of us and apologized for her. I hope she’s alright because that night on the 22nd she was NOT.

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HS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here before; the food is outstanding. This was a Sunday evening, around 6pm, not crowded. However, they were out of brisket, out of green beans, and many of the items on the chalkboard and in the menu were "Friday only". The kitchen was very slow, it took about 30 minutes to get our food after we placed the order. And a lot of pesky flies; they really need to do something about that. We definitely will be back....

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious but they ran out of many items we went for. I wish I had known that before making the drive.

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BD
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the photos, the establishment looked a lot more substantial than it was. There were probably four tables outside, and maybe six inside. It was a little tight. Besides that, the food was excellent. The beer selection was also good, and the service was friendly.

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The ribs are fantastic. We have dined here many times and it’s a gem in Barrington.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the BBQ at Big Iron Horse. Great sangria. Scott is amazing owner.

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AE
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration was fun. Staff took good care of us and sitting outside was good. Some loud trucks passed...though to be expected...

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RB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited seating but it adds to the intimate feeling. I recommend reservations. Food was excellent. Fun environment.

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RO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Long wait for food. The food was good but not great. The noise level from outside traffic was high. Would recommend for carry out.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great ribs!!

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GS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu!

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KL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

For a pricier menu and out of stock items. We expected more. Staff was not very professional. Won’t be back.

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent.
The server was pleasant and knowledgeable.
The food selection was good.
The bbq brisket was great.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this neighborhood gem. Small, cozy, great food, great service, and fun ambience.

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PL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small space, good barbecue. Get a reservation in advance. Be prepared for them to run out of your favorite item - there is enough good food for you to have several favorite items!

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KL
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

OpenTable confirmed my reservation for a family dinner to celebrate my daughter's 11th birthday. BBQ ribs are her favorite thing in the world so we were excited to try this new restaurant. Unfortunately when we showed up at our reservation time, the restaurant was closed, and apparently always closed on Tuesdays. They need to update their OpenTable account to reflect that. The whole experience put a bit of a damper on the bday celebration.

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HG
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visit. We will definitely be coming back. Chicken wings were delicious and fresh. Brisket and pulled pork with tasty barbecue sauces were well worth it. Friendly service too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservations made. Text to confirm the day before. Arrived at restaurant. Restaurant closed!!

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waitress, Jill, I think, is consistently patient, kind, friendly, and welcoming

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have never had a bad meal here! As you've probably already read, the fish tacos on Friday nights are excellent! Who knew cucumbers and strawberries on a fish taco would be sooo good! All of the Bar B Q is tasty. Our server recommended the Beef Ends which weren't on the menu as an appetizer, so we ordered, and then ordered a second helping!

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m
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

High flavor, great tasting.

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Z
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Found this place on Open Table since we would be in the area for my son's basketball tournament. Was surprised by how small it was but very impressed with the overall experience. My sons loved their burger and mac & cheese but I think the hit was BBQ, especially the beef brisket, best I've ever had!

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R
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server who was a female named Joe was very very good !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Valintines Day

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SM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Big Iron Horse was a random find when browsing OpenTable for new restaurants in Barrington. Little hard to find, but right in the heart of downtown Barrington is this BBQ-gem!

Great BBQ with variety of sauces from vinegar-style to thick and rich! Creative fusion of Caribbean food and BBQ.

The owner/cook, Scott even took the time to meet with us and chat. Such a great guy and awesome at explaining why certain ingredients are there.

Would definitely recommend! And will definitely be back!

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BL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fish tacos (only served Friday evenings). Pizza is also really good. Kids meals are a great value. If you like spicy try the Korean koji fish tacos which are always available. They serve beer and wine and have a pretty good selection. It is called big iron horse BBQ for a reason, the BBQ there is excellent. So lots of variety on the menu, quiet casual atmosphere and friendly staff.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Will go back again and again!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NY Eve. Great food. Small but nice place.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome. Smaller space than I anticipated but wasn’t packed so perfect for discussion

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