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All 40 Elmwood Park Restaurants

Russell's Barbecue

1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
(708) 625-3313
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Ranked #6 of 40 Restaurants in Elmwood Park
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This place is absolutely horrible, from the so-called barbecue to the young and uncaring staff. I understand it's been around a long time I used to be taken there as a kid and have family and friends that have been going there for years, but the place is not the same as it was the food is terrible, if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Haven't been to Russell's for 20 years since I moved out of state but was very happy to find it just the same as I remember. It's one of the best BBQ places I've been to anywhere!

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Henderson, Nevada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Went there to try the baby back ribs. They were just ok. Would not go again because there are better choices for ribs. Prices are ok. It looks like the place needs an upgrade.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Russell's Barbecue has been around for many, many years and still serve the best shaved beef and pork BBQ sandwiches with their unique sauce as one of the best around town. It is a stand at the counter and order restaurant. You have to pick up your order when it is ready. Their ribs, brisket and shrimp are an added... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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111 reviews 111 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place like so many of the local restaurants has lost their sense of quality, raised their prices, and lowered the quality of the ingredients. One wonders if they are not buying pre-cooked barbecue from one of the big food wholesale providers. The sauce is almost for sure "bucket bought". I am old enough to remember when this place was... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Decent sliced beef with a unique barbeque sauce, but not BBQ. I've eaten here for over 40 years, and enjoyed it, but obviously not low and slow smoked meat. Fast efficient service in a comfortable atmosphere that hasn't changed since the 70's.

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Bristol, WI
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128 reviews 128 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Like many patrons, my family has been going to Russell's since it opened. Naturally, I am a little biased, but I have to say that despite its faults, Russell's still serves up some tasty beef and pork sandwiches, fries and slaw. The barbeque isn't for everyone. It is a thinner sauce than thick, rich and tangy but it is great.... More 

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Green Bay
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Me and my wife ate here while visiting my mother in a local hospital, after she was transferred from a nursing home. One of the nurses recommended Russell's and we took her up on the offer. We were pleasantly surprised at the good food and atmosphere. We both had the smoked pulled pork sandwich. Lets just say it fills you... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My wife and I went to this place last night. I have never been here before. She has been there many times growing up and likes this place a lot. I have heard over the years from many people that this place is great. I love BBQ food and was excited to go there because of all the good reviews... More 

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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I'm pretty biased when it comes to Russell's, I've been coming here since I was just a baby (for 31 years) and it never gets old to me. Russell's feels like a throwback the minute you walk in the door. It opened in the 30's and not much has changed since. I recommend the bbq beef or pork sandwich. You... More 

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Additional Information about Russell's Barbecue

Address: 1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
Phone Number: (708) 625-3313
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elmwood Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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