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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
Boston, Massachusetts
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
Reviewer
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
99 reviews 99 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Peoria, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

For $8.50, the lunch special (typically pulled pork or shredded brisket sandwich, 2 sides and a drink) is easily one of the best deals in Peoria. Many reviews on here claim this to be fast food. I would argue different as although you do order and get your food at the counter (this is a BBQ place, the meat is... More

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

Thanks for your awesome review! I tell people all the time we are not fast food we're Great Food Fast! We appreciate your business and look forward to being part of the Peoria Community for a long time! Thanks again! More

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This place isn't fancy and has a cafeteria like food line, but that's okay if you like the homey atmosphere. They serve beer and have a definite cowboy theme. They use hickory and you can you taste it in the chicken. My favorite for smoked chicken. The pulled pork is great too. If you're really looking to eat heavily, try... More

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Peoria, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This is a fast food type of BBQ palace. They not only have full meals but sandwiches. HUGE baked potato, BBQ nachos. You can get your own condiments, refills on drinks and microwave if your Mac & cheese is not hot enough. Choice of three sauce strengthens, put on or on the side. You won't go hungry. They pick up... More

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

this restaurant offers barbequed turkey, pork, beef, or ham in dinner portions or as sandwiches. orders are filled buffet style behi8nd the counter. a good variety of sides may be added to any entree. Service is always prompt and the quality of the barbeque is very good. Hot, mediam or mild sauces may be selected. The atmosphere is very informal.... More

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