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Russell's Barbecue

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1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
(708) 625-3313
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10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Nice

My parents and relatives have frequented this establishment since 1936. I always try to grab a bite here when I am visiting Chicago, which is now infrequent. It was excellent back in the day. I remember lines around the building to grab a tasty pork or beef bar b que sandwich. For a few years... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I love the barbecue beef here and the sauce is really great. Finger licking good. Sandwich comes with fries and slaw. You can also order a beer on tap. Perfect reasonable lunch or dinner. It's a diamond in the rough.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I had not been to Russel's since going there with my dad 50 years ago but it brought back good memories just to see the old place. I met a couple friends there for lunch and it was like stepping into a time machine. The food was great, we had brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. A real family atmosphere, very... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My parents and relatives have frequented this establishment since 1936. I always try to grab a bite here when I am visiting Chicago, which is now infrequent. It was excellent back in the day. I remember lines around the building to grab a tasty pork or beef bar b que sandwich. For a few years, it went downhill. I last... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

I have been frequenting Russels for almost 30 years!! They are still as good as back in the day. Unlike, that other place down the street. The beefs are consistently delicious. Their cole slaw recipe has not changed in quality or taste. And their bbq is still bomb! Their booths are as uncomfortable as ever :) Love the atmosphere!

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Wheatfield, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Disappointed with the service we received on May30th. I've been a customer for 40+ years. My parents went on dates here back in the late 1940's. We waited for our order for 38 minutes. Finally it came out after 15(+ -) customers received their orders after ours was placed before them. We watched customers come in after we arrived and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I have been to Russell's many times. The ribs and smoked meats are outstanding. They definitely give you a lot for the money. I do not care for their coleslaw, it's made with too much vinegar. It is counter service where you order and then wait for your meal to be made. The dining room has wood bench booths but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

My dad came here with his friends once again after WW2 and now their great grandchildren eat here. I hope no more changes are made as the food is wonderful but the memories are more so.

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This place has a big menu and is great for kids. They can be loud and run around a little and still not cause any problems. You can also feed the finicky eaters. Great food!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Russell's has been a staple in the area for many, many years. It is an extremely casual place where you order when you first get in. The BBQ is very good, and there is a varied menu that should appeal to just about every family member. Prices are reasonable, there is plenty of parking and the restaurant is definitely family/kid... More 

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Chicago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The pulled pork is pretty good. I prefer mine already in the BBQ sauce but here you put on your own.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elmwood Park
  • Phone Number: (708) 625-3313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?