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Russell's Barbecue

1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
(708) 625-3313
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Ranked #4 of 39 Restaurants in Elmwood Park
Price range: $0 - $20
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Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Decatur, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The best ribs in town. My family love them. I strongly recommend this restaurant. You will love this place.

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Russells Barbecue has been in Elmwood Park for decades. The decor hasn't changed neither has the great taste of barbecue. A little loud but family friendly. Expect to wait in line to give your order but well worth it!

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This restaurant has been around since 1930. It doesn't look like they've updated much but people come here not for the ambience but for the barbecue. I always get the full slab ribs with sweet potato fries ($1 extra). It does get crowded on weekends but I usually call ahead so that the food is ready by the time I... More

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Chicago
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Atmosphere - loud. Lots of yelling out ticket order numbers. More like a school cafeteria than a restaurant. You would think they could come up with a better system. Food - the hot dog we ordered was cold. Not cool... But cold. The BBQ sauce was just ok. Nothing special. It certainly didn't merit recognition. I was expecting a better... More

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Everything at Russell's is worth the wait-I personally love the chicken wings-but the ribs are also fantastic! There's a bit of a wait whatever time of the day or season that you go there, but their system is quick and again, it is SO worth the wait! You gotta try it! Everything is delicious!

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