Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Elk Grove
800 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove
July means barbecue-ribs, chicken, baked beans and cornbread. Why not let Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue restaurant do the work for you?
Even their Kids Menu offers rib options, including a 1/3 slab and a boneless rib sandwich. My 6-year-old, a certified rib connoisseur, declared the baby backs "awesome." The mini-cheeseburgers were also a big hit.
At $5.95, children's options come with a soda and a choice of fries or a fruit cup. (My kids devoured the perfectly seasoned and cooked fries.) For a little extra, try one of the banana-strawberry smoothies.
Even better than the food at Sweet Baby Ray's is the family atmosphere. The booths easily accommodated my family of five. Servers are friendly and helpful and service was timely.
Chef/owner Paul Papadopolous makes the rounds of tables to check on customers. It quickly became clear that Papadopolous is a family guy, as he talked to the kids first. In addition to Kids Eat Free Tuesdays (after 5 p.m. with a paid adult meal) and Sunday brunches, he plans to revamp the children's menu and find more ways to use the restaurant and outdoor patio for family-centered events.
Sweet Baby Ray's is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. A separate location in Wood Dale also offers Kids Eat Free Tuesdays.