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Hickory River Smokehouse

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5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
309-683-1227
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout

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  • 122
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  • 34
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 10
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  • 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
Texas Style BBQ in Central Illinois

Great BBQ, especially if you are from the south where they really know how to barbecue. I have organized several work related outings and have always been pleased with the ease of dealing with the restaurant, plus receive great comments from the staff at the outings on the quality of the food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Great BBQ, especially if you are from the south where they really know how to barbecue. I have organized several work related outings and have always been pleased with the ease of dealing with the restaurant, plus receive great comments from the staff at the outings on the quality of the food. Especially go in for the brisket.

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Hickory river is a great place for a casual lunch or dinner... They have really good chopped beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked turkey... They have combo platters so you can sample all of the great main courses too! The sides are all tasty and the portions very generous! My personal favorites are the sweet potato fries (get them with... More 

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Groveland, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a casual, cafeteria style dining experience. Many different types of meats to choose from. I had ribs and pork roast. The ribs were great, but I thought the pork roast was a little dry. My husband had brisket which was just delicious. My son had the pulled pork. (also really good) The cole slaw was average and I... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I was expecting a sit down get waited on type restaurant so I was a might disappointed with the lack of ambience, cafeteria ordering and tray service. The food was excellent though, tables were clean and the wait and cook staff attentive. Not a Saturday night date location, but a good place if you like bbq and have an appetite.

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

On a recent visit to Hickory River Smokehouse I thought after several visits it was time to try the ribs. Like everything else here they did NOT disappointment. The half rack order was large as are most portions and the meat was tender like all their meats. And the barbeque sauce was perfect. This isn't a fast food spot and... More 

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Almond, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We stopped for lunch, based on browsing Trip Advisor for BBQ. Based on the outside, I thought it was a sit-down restaurant, but it turns out you order at the counter cafeteria style. Food was very good, but for this style I do think the prices were a bit high.

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Always enjoy my food here. We usually get the pulled pork nachos and the pulled pork horseshoes. Their cheese sauce is awesome - its the white, light (if cheese sauce can be considered light) cheese sauce, verse the orange canned nacho cheese that is usually used around Peoria. I can't speak to the other meats, but the pulled pork is... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Hickory River provides great BBQ for your get together! Pick up some pulled pork and beef bride for your next holiday!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

I have always enjoyed my food at this non-chain BBQ restaurant. Average prices. You walk in, order at the counter, and they give you your food and you sit down. Delicious alternator the chains.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Had the 3 meat combo with sides. Meat was good but dry. Staff was OK but a bunch of ditsey teenagers. They do a lot of take out and catering. Located by a Home Depot by the Prairie Mall area tucked away by Culvers. Western style themed. I though it was OK but nothing super special. The placed smelled like... 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: Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?