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Hickory River Smokehouse

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5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
309-683-1227
Today
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 117
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It all tastes great!

My wife and I stopped for lunch and both of us had the lunch special, a pulled pork sandwich, 2 sides and a drink. Everything was really good, the entire place was clean and everyone who worked there was very nice. If you're in the mood for BBQ stop in, you won't be disappointed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
ElderFeller
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Kewanee, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Dessert
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177 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kewanee, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My wife and I stopped for lunch and both of us had the lunch special, a pulled pork sandwich, 2 sides and a drink. Everything was really good, the entire place was clean and everyone who worked there was very nice. If you're in the mood for BBQ stop in, you won't be disappointed.

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Marion, Illinois
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I was in recently for a quick bite after work and was happy with my experience. The entire staff seemed nice and helpful. I had some of the wings, pulled pork sliders, and some ribs off of the dollar menu (maybe it's a weekly special?) and was satisfied with all three. In fact, the wings were perfect as far as... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I travel a great deal and understand the limitations of the restaurant ratings on trip advisor. You'll see bakeries and bar food as highly rated restaurants. Hickory River is neither although you can get a cold glass of Shiner Bock with a great plate of BBQ. I've reviewed this place before, but after visiting again yesterday for a mid-afternoon meal... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have purchased Hickory River's beef brisket as main course for dinner parties several times and it's a Hit with everyone. Tender and flavorful. Go get some!

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Peoria, Illinois
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have eatin there many times, the brisket is the best around, we love there BBQ sauces as well. Would choose this bbq restaurant over any other in Peoria

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Manchester
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Travelled from the UK on business. Great food and a great locations. Service was good although the remember to book and eat early due to early closing times.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My husband and I have eaten here too many times to count. We love the convenience of walking in, picking up our food from the cafeteria style line, and eating right away. Their bbq sauce is delicious and their sides like garlic mashed potatoes are good. I'm baffled as to why the Smokin' Pit has such a higher rating. We... More 

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Illinois
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The food here was average. I didn't know you order at the counter and seat yourself. Small place. Food didn't really beat other places I could go.

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Peoria, Illinois
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We've tried the drive -through and the eating inside. Something just is never just right. Most of the time I would say that the Bar-B-Q is just too dry. You must drown it in sauce to get the bounce back . Other than that the service has always been good but not outstanding, the place is clean enough but again... More 

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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I feel we must be doing something right as you do continue to come back! We do appreciate your business and feedback and I would love to speak with you sometime when you are in so I can address issue more specifically if and where they exist. We strive to provide a great product at a... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

So many things went wrong.....First they were out of chicken, I was told the truck wasn't coming until tomorrow. The potato salad was very different and bland it wasn't creamy and it was mustardy just an odd flavor. The cornbread.... I just am at a loss, I love cornbread and corn muffins and this was just the worst I've ever... More 

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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I am sorry we were not more to your liking. As for being out of Chicken; we only have available to sell what we have cooked or have in stock. After an extremely busy weekend it is not uncommon to be out an item the day before our trucks arrive which is Tuesday. All of our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
  • Phone Number: 309-683-1227

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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