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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
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Takeout

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  • 31
    Very good
  • 19
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  • 10
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  • 6
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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
Quick and delicious

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Kara D
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Peoria, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Almond, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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Wisconsin
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206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
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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Bethany, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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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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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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, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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