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Hickory River Smokehouse

5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
309-683-1227
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Ranked #29 of 341 Restaurants in Peoria
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I tried the BBQ brisket with sides of beans and potato salad. Brisket was lightly smoked, tender and lean. Brisket and BBQ sauce were very good, sides were average. I added onion and BBQ sauce to the beans to spice them up. I liked having onion, jalapeños, and other condiments available. This is just an order-at-the-counter, take-to-your-table place with reasonable-cost,... More

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Lewistown, Illinois, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The pulled pork was just ok not smokey tasting. The real disappointment were the sides. Baked beans taste like chili no BBQ or sweetness. Corn bread was stale, and cole slaw too tangy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Not fancy, but fast and the food is always great. Will always go here over other more expensive and slower options in the neighborhood.

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Peoria, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have never been disappointed. It is an order a the counter restaurant like a cafeteria, with paper towels as oppose to napkins at each table. BBQ sauce has different variety of spiciness, as well as you can have it on your side or upon your meat. My personal favorite is their brisket and a side of sweet corn.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

First, the service was impeccable! Everyone was friendly and extremely helpful. I had 1/2 slab ribs (7 ribs - plenty!) with a mix of sweet and spicy sauce. I'm going back to buy some sauce. It's the best I've ever had! Kids meal was free and a big portion. Don't go for the ambiance (not bad, and certainly clean, just... More

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Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is an order-at-the-counter restaurant. It has rolls of very much needed paper towels on the table. The meat is really smoked, not just drenched in bbq sauce. Sides are good, too.

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Peoria, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Reasonable prices and very good barbecue! Service was OK. The atmosphere is mediocre. If is basically self service, cafeteria style. The meat is delicious but because of lack of service, I can't give an excellent rating. Reasonable place for a family meal or gathering of friends.

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Peoria, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Dined here with grandparents when they were in town, and felt the food was a step above famous Dave's. The dine-in experience was not your typical restaurant experience, but closely resembled a chipotle which makes it a much more casual feel than we were hoping for when going with out of town guests. Everyone really enjoyed the food and we... More

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Peoria, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I always buy it by the pound and take home. It is wonderful for that night and leftovers. The service is fast and we always get what we order.

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

Thanks so much for your review. It is always nice to hear customers are happy with our food and service and also recognize the value we provide. More

Peoria, Illinois
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great food - we especially like the beef brisket and they have a nice variety of sides as well as a choice of three different bbq sauces. Very clean and the staff is always courteous and personable. Prices quite reasonable. Good for family, business, etc.

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