Pat Bruno reviewed Robinson's last week here
. With the exception of their sausages at Bears' games, I haven't eaten Robinson's in a very long time. Normally I wouldn't give a hoot what Pat Bruno says. But this is funny.
Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs did not get its name on a whim (especially the “No. 1” part). In 1982, legendary newspaper columnist Mike Royko issued a “best barbecue in Chicago” challenge. Charlie Robinson entered, and a panel of judges declared Charlie’s ribs “number one.” A year later, Robinson opened a restaurant at 940 W. Madison in Oak Park.
Then shortly he gives his verdict:
I have hit just about every barbecue joint and restaurant new and old, going back to Edith’s Barbecue on North Clybourn, which predates the gentrification of that section of Clybourn. Despite all of the newbies and a few of the oldies, Robinson’s still puts out some of the best barbecue around.
But then ends the piece with this:
A few of the newer rib places around town are touting “competition ribs” and tacking on a hefty few $$$ for the privilege of eating ribs that won some kind of prize at some competition somewhere. Frankly, the whole idea of “competition ribs” doesn’t register with me.
Apparently Robinson's competition win was worth putting at the top, but some no-name place gets knocked at the bottom.