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The ribs and fries at Jim's Rib Haven in Rock Island are probably not for dieters!

Alessandra Toniazzo, FOR THE QUAD-CITY TIMES

James “Rib King” Robert Overton Sr. established Jim’s Rib Haven in Rock Island back 1968. He was the first African-American man to own and operate a restaurant in the Quad-Cities.

Jim was a Quad-City icon and was featured on the Food Network.

The eatery's legendary secret sauce is to die for.

How good is it? One rib lover traveled 3,000 miles just to get a rack of back ribs.

Packed in dry ice, ribs and barbecue sauce have been shipped as far away as California, Arizona and Hawaii. One person even took some ribs to France.

Said one out-of-towner: "Jim's Rib Haven is a restaurant for those who want to eat the best BBQ ever eaten in the Q-C. The meat is tender, you can help yourself to as much sauce as you want. The place is simple with no frills. My tip is to use the napkins as a bib."

Jim's is located at 531 24th St.


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