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“Good BBQ” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hickory River Smokehouse

Hickory River Smokehouse
1706 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61802-1205
217-337-1656
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Ranked #4 of 92 Restaurants in Urbana
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Trophy Club, Texas
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Great selection. Fast service. A little pricey. Overall best BBQ in c/u area.

Visited February 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Urbana, Illinois
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great smoked turkey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

The BBQ at Hickory River is good--there is other in town that is better. The decor is seriously outdated and the sides are predictable.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Their BBQ (pulled pork) is excellent (5). Their sides are meh (3). It evens out to a 4.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Champaign, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Wide variety of barbecued/smoked meats, excellent sauces, served cafeteria style. Deserts, though a bit small, taste like they're homemade.

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Urbana, Illinois
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Still good barbeque-but we hit a bad night.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

My son and I went to Hickory River looking for some good barbeque. It was early Friday evening after Thanksgiving. There were few customers and the staff seemed tired and bored. The brisket was good but the ribs were a bit overcooked and dry. The prices seem high for such a casual atmosphere. Most dinners are $8.99 but a half rack of rib dinner is $12.99. You queue up to order and carry your own food and drinks.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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