Merle's Smokehouse has something called a Barnyard Platter. For less than $20, you get platters of baby back ribs, St. Louis ribs, chicken, pork chops, and three sides. It is the most food we've ever seen served under the assumption it's all going to be eaten by a single person. They also have a platter of ribs clocking in somewhere between the size of a large infant and a small Volkswagen. The staff is competent and friendly, the food is authentic Texas BBQ, and it seems equally suited to family dining or evening pregaming, events that often enough coincide among the clientele.
1727 Benson Ave
Evanston, IL 60201