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Hickory River Smokehouse

5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
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Ranked #36 of 346 Restaurants in Peoria
Price range: $5 - $15
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
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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
Peoria, Illinois
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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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Hanna City, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Hickory River is usually one of our favorites. This visit was a little disappointing. Staff was polite and courteous but our meals seemed a little on the skimpy side, which is surprising. Most of the time we can barely finish our sandwich and sides, but today was not one of those days.

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Peoria, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I really like Hickory River BBQ. I have eaten there 6 or 7 times and always leave satisfied. I've had the pulled pork and beef sandwiches. Both are very good, I prefer the pork. The sides are adequate, my kid had the Mac n cheese as his meal. Better than the kraft from the box at many restaurants around town.... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Additional Information about Hickory River Smokehouse

Address: 5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
Phone Number: 309-683-1227
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
Cuisine: Barbecue

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