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Hickory River Smokehouse

2130 Bloomingdale Rd, Glendale Heights, IL 60139-1852
630-529-1227
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Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I want to preface this review by saying I have not visited the south and tasted the BBQ there. My wife and I have been here many times and enjoy it. I have taken other people here who have visited the south and experienced BBQ in the south and they say this place is decent. I like you order your... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Being from Kansas City my standards are high. This place was worst than Famous Dave's. I got the brisket. It was tasty. But the sides were terrible - the beans were spicy pork and beans (not baked beans) and the slaw was bland. I did like the apple sauce - chunky and fresh. Also, the corn bread was good. The... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Stopped in on a way to a friend's house in the area. I was hoping to try their rib-tips which were on the menu the last visit but they had been dropped so I settled for their pulled pork dinner plate with a side of beans and chili with the obligatory cornbread. With a drink this ran $12.50. The establishment... More

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hanover park
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We enjoyed the food at Hickory River Smokehouse. My husband & son had pulled pork sandwiches with a side of beans. I had the chili & cornbread. The portions were plentiful & delicious. We liked the casual atmosphere. The employee's were friendly. If you like smoked meats, this is the place to go. If you don't there's a few other... More

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IL
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We were looking for great barbeque, and we found it at Hickory River Smokehouse! The food is good and reasonably priced. It's counter service with a pick-up window, nothing fancy, but they were very accomodating. We sampled several different offerings, and all were tasty and well prepared. The owner was there, making sure everyone was satisfied and enjoying the food,... More

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chicago Il
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Went to this restaurant on a Groupon .Mid weekend day and 8 tables filled and more coming in BBQ was excellent and tender .The ol "cut it with a fork" type meat Nicely smoked and fair portions for the money .Everything was great tasting and staff was very helpful.Great if your in the area but Q`s has a small edge

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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134 reviews 134 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I don't know where to start, but this place after a few visits just leaves me wanting to go back in the kitchen to see the one step that might make all the difference. either the portion varies or the food is over-warmed, but I wish I could be more excited. With so many choices in the area this place... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Tried the brisket plate and it was delicious. Not over the top amazing but worth the money in my opinion. I chose the mashed potatoes w/ gravy and the cole slaw for my sides. Both were very good (especially the cole slaw). Not the best corn bread I've had, but it was acceptable. Great service, felt very welcomed and orders... More

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Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
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95 reviews 95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We both ordered the brisket and enjoyed it. It was slightly dry, but flavorful. The beans were good, and I especially liked the coleslaw. It was the vinegar kind, but the flavor was not overpowering nor overly sweet. I would rate the brisket as better than most that I’ve had in this area. The prices were reasonable and this place... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Every time we visit a relative living in a retirement community nearby, the first request is to visit Hickory River. He and we are never disappointed. Their brisket is fork tender with excellent flavor. The combination of sweet and spicy BBQ sauce is perfect for those who are not into the very spicy. The turkey and pulled pork are excellent.... More

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