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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
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 119
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 18
    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
I don't visit Peoria very often, but years ago ate here at the UM Annual Conference held in the city.

I enjoy Peoria and it is a great place to visit. I love the waterfront. I enjoy a quick meal at the Steak and Shake because it sits on the river and you can enjoy the river traffic.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Marge O
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Bethany, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Wisconsin
Top Contributor
395 reviews 395 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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Bethany, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I enjoy Peoria and it is a great place to visit. I love the waterfront. I enjoy a quick meal at the Steak and Shake because it sits on the river and you can enjoy the river traffic.

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Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Decent bbq with fast service. The brisket, smoked ham, and lean turkey are lol good. The pulled pork is dry sometimes. Decent bbq sauce- mild, mixed or hot. The baked beans are spicy and good. Mac n cheese rocks for the kids.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I came in with high expectations due to seeing a big smoker sitting in the parking lot. Instead I found a chain BBQ joint with average BBQ. Ordered the 2 meat combo, turkey an pulled pork. The turkey was moist but was just OK in flavor. There was a bit of hickory smoke but not enough to make you go... More 

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Brimfield
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I believe they have some of the better BBQ in the area. It is a little different, as they do not have table service, but some of the personnel go out of their way to make sure we got service. Very nice experience and the people are really friendly. The owner took time to stop by the table and see... More 

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Kewanee, Illinois
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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
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95 reviews 95 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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
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92 reviews 92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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
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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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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, Doing business, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?