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Barbecue, American
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed August 7, 2021

We had the Saturday night carry out special. It is a full slab $11.99. Very generous slab and honey bbq sauce was perfect since I'm not a "tangy" fan. Bought a side of their fabulous mac and cheese and a piece of cornbread. Hubby is...having ribs for lunch tomorrow because I couldn't eat but half. Our order was ready by the time we could drive there and staff was very nice!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2021 via mobile

We both had two meat plates - plenty of food and tasty. Didn’t have something that super stood out from other good bbq restaurants but easily accessible from the Hampton inn mt Zion.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed November 27, 2020 via mobile

We have been enjoying their food for years. I am getting lazy in my older years and we pick up smoked meats for the holidays. I am not even a Ham Fan, but theirs is the best. Nice people too.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Hickory River, Marketing at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2020

Kirk, thank you for your positive review!

Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

This is our go-to place after church on Sundays or on a weeknight when we don't feel like cooking. We love to get a pound of something with large sides to go. This will feed us for several days. The people are so very friendly...and the indoor restaurant is always very clean. This is a must do at least twice a month for us.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Hickory_River_Mktg, Marketing at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2020

Thank you, Jane! We truly appreciate your kind feedback and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed July 14, 2019

Great selection of meats and nice large portions. Their combination plates and sides are also good. Daily specials make it a great place to visit any day of the week. And the counter staff is always courteous and helpful. You order at the counter, get...your drinks, and they bring the food to your table when it's ready.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 20, 2019

My wife, two sons, and I visited Hickory River Smokehouse for lunch on Father's Day and thoroughly enjoyed our meals! Not only was the food tasty but affordable as well. Only had to wait a few minutes for our food. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019

Our group (about 30) invaded the business and they handled it very well. I heard no complaints and the food I sampled was great. Would definitely go back .

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

In a fast food setting, not bad. We both had the 1/2 rack of ribs. She had the honey bbq sauce and I had the hot. Both good. Hot not really hot. Did not care for the cornbread (my wife is the cornbread queen) or...the vinegar slaw, which had a really strange aftertaste. Zack, the order taker, was friendly and efficient. A keeper!!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

Came in late, approximately 8:30p. Saw special on wall...$22.00 two plates, drink and sides. So far good...then after wife orders I'm told, out of chicken...and by the way, ham, turkey and ribs not included". Had we known, we would not have ordered plates (larger portions)...and simply ordered sandwich with sides and drink... saving me several dollars. Next issue...all food cold... not even a bit warm. Had to heat my meal in their microwave...all of it! Asked staff if Decatur store same owner as Springfield or Campaign... they had no clue. Springfield and Champaign stores are great!! Granted, half and hour before closing, but food served should always be hot! Signage should have identified itms out of stock...and ribs should have been substitute in this case. However, staff friendly! I live nearby and have only been there 3 times... probably never again!!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

This is our go to place when we have a large family group drop in its all good with a lot of options

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

As always no matter which Hickory River Smokehouse you visit you get the same high quality BBQ. Their sevice was friendly and quick. Best of all the food was great!

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

Quite impressed w this place, stopped in on a Saturday evening w family, the service was excellent and the food was served immediately!!! As BBQ goes, it was very tasty, w LOTS of it!!! If ever in the area again I wouldn't hesitate to return!!!

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Some of the best smoked meats in Illinois. Their sampler plate includes the pork, beef and what other you choose, it is all fantastic. The side dishes are no disappointment either...you can make a meal with these as well. Our favorite is their brisket... very...good quality meet to start with and smoked to perfection..never has been a disappoint for any of us. Whether you are by yourself or have the entire family, this is a great eating destination for sure. One of east central Illinois best place to chow down...can't imagine anyone not finding something great to eat.More

Date of visit: January 2017
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Hickory_River_Mktg, Guest Relations Manager at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2017

Hi meandje, We want to sincerely thank you for you detailed and honest review of Hickory River! We're glad to hear about your good experiences with us, and that you love our food as well! We hope you'll be back in soon to try even...More

Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

Love the menu here ! Pulled pork, brisket, and now burnt ends !! Those are my all new favorite ! But get there early, they do run out. Always great sides, Mac n cheese, potato salad, veggie of the day, cottage cheese.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Hickory_River_Mktg, Guest Relations Manager at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2017

Thanks, packrat427, for your five-star review! We're excited to hear that you and so many others love our Burnt Ends and our Brisket! We hope to see you again soon for some delicious BBQ Lunch or Dinner!

Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

The service was horrible and the food was worse I'm surprised they are still open for business I will never eat there again bad example if bbq

Date of visit: March 2016
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Yes, Hickory River Smokehouse offers takeout services.

Hickory River Smokehouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5