With a reputation for some of the best BBQ’d food in suburban Chicago, Sharko’s has established itself as one of the most alluring destinations when it comes to smoked meat, especially in Naperville and the Western Suburbs.
A family-run operation since 1956, Sharko’s stands for everything that is great about the Naperville restaurant scene, offering a tantalizing selection of BBQ’d chicken, beef and pork at an amazing price, at a great location, with an amazing staff and atmosphere.
As a newbie to the store, the knowledgeable and friendly staff guided me through the selection process with ease and ensured that I was treated to an excellent sample of why Sharko’s BBQ has been awarded many notable gongs, including Best Sauce at Naperville Rib Fest.
I dove straight in and went for the half chicken, which at $7.50 represents excellent value given the quantity and deliciousness of the juicy chicken you get. As I was aiming to get a taste for as many of the mouthwatering choices on offer, I also grabbed three ounces of BBQ pulled pork, six ounces of brisket, a double baked potato and the obligatory mac and cheese.
After finally figuring out where to start with the feast before me, I’ve got to say I was hugely impressed by the immense flavor of the meats and how beautifully cooked they were. Perfectly complemented by the creamy baked potato and rich Mac and Cheese, dipped in one of their four amazing house sauces, I clearly wasn’t going for the low-carb, low-calorie option. And although I chose not to add any vegetables on this occasion, rest assured there are plenty of healthy additions that can be made.
Such was the volume and value in my huge $21 plate that I took home at least half of what I ordered, and it came as no surprise to me that it tasted just as good heated up the next day as it did first time out.
Bottled beers are also available for your enjoyment and with every meal rounded off perfectly with a complimentary soft serve ice cream, I’m sure to return to sample more of their wonderful fare.
Sharko’s BBQ is located at 4931 S. Rt. 59 in Naperville. They’re open 11AM – 9PM Mon. thru Sat. and 11AM – 8PM Sun. For more info, visit www.sharkosbbq.com.