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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
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Green Bay
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stopped at the iconic Russell's Barbeque yesterday and as expected, the rest of the group settled in comfortably with the popular BBQ Pork Sandwich. I like to "mix it up" once in a while and chose the Krab Cakes (at a BBQ place?!) with Sweet Potato Fries and Cole Slaw. Absolutely delicious! The round Krab Cakes came as a... More

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wichita kansas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Plenty of seating and options of what to eat but I prefer a beef sandwich and a little of their sauce. I would say it would easily make a top ten list if I had one of great Chicago area restaurants. If I still lived in Chicago I would go there weekly.

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