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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Delivery
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 115
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Most recent review
Beef Brisket To Die For

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Betsy D
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Peoria, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Dessert
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174 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Peoria, Illinois
Reviewer
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
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Manchester
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Travelled from the UK on business. Great food and a great locations. Service was good although the remember to book and eat early due to early closing times.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My husband and I have eaten here too many times to count. We love the convenience of walking in, picking up our food from the cafeteria style line, and eating right away. Their bbq sauce is delicious and their sides like garlic mashed potatoes are good. I'm baffled as to why the Smokin' Pit has such a higher rating. We... More 

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Illinois
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The food here was average. I didn't know you order at the counter and seat yourself. Small place. Food didn't really beat other places I could go.

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Peoria, Illinois
Senior Contributor
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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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I feel we must be doing something right as you do continue to come back! We do appreciate your business and feedback and I would love to speak with you sometime when you are in so I can address issue more specifically if and where they exist. We strive to provide a great product at a... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I am sorry we were not more to your liking. As for being out of Chicken; we only have available to sell what we have cooked or have in stock. After an extremely busy weekend it is not uncommon to be out an item the day before our trucks arrive which is Tuesday. All of our... More 

Hanna City, Illinois
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Correct portion size is something we continue to have to have to address with employees. All sandwiches and plates should be being weighed and portioned the same everyday and side orders are served from a measured scoop so they should be the same also. If there is ever feel there is an issue please ask your... More 

Peoria, Illinois
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! This is what we strive for. If we ever fail to meet your expectations please feel free to let one of our staff member know and we will be more than happy to fix what ever issue there may be! Thanks for your business and we look forward to seeing you again! More 

Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
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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