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Russell's Barbecue

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1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
(708) 453-7065
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Skokie, Illinois
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136 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't consider Russell's chow to be special. Honestly? It's comparable to what you'd find at other neighborhood carryout joints, which is to say okay or average. So, what does Russell's have that the other joints don't? History, nostalgia, local flavor, and patina. An Elmwood Park fixture since 1930, this place has remained remarkably unchanged through the decades. To generations... More 

Thank FoodFight101
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an old-time barbecue place that I've gone to for years. I especially like the original pork sandwich, which I drown in their delicious barbecue sauce. My husband likes the brisket sandwich. I can't give a higher rating, though, because the place feels too run down (which is not the same thing as old). The women's restroom really needs... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The quality of the ribs has gotten better and their smoked brisket is great. Old fashioned dinning room, good place to take the kids

Thank N2328NFleew
Greensboro, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My Mom and Dad took me to Russell's since 1941. Don't remember it then, but I do remember it now. When we lived in the area we would be there at least once a month. We have been away from the Chicago area since 2003. When ever we in the area, this is a MUST stop. The only thing that... More 

Thank nikowc
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped by Russell's Barbecue on a return trip from Chicago. I have been visiting this place for the last 50 years. Back in the last 60's and early 70's Russell's had what was the closest to the BBQ style that we refer to today. Essentially, their bbq pork sandwich was a sliced pork or chopped pork with their signature sauce.... More 

Thank IllinoisFamilydude
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am 55 and been eating here most of my life. I stopped on hot afternoon for a Beef and the best corn on the cob around. Unfortunately for me this time, I bit into my beef was burned badly. The Beef was sizzling hot.

Thank Angelo F
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

About a block North of North Ave (on Thatcher) it's easy to miss if you don't know it's there, and traffic is moving along -- but it's hard to miss their large smokestack with their name reading down the side. It's definitely not high class, but it's good basic BBQ at a fair price. Plenty of seating inside (although a... More 

Thank E R
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Didnt even know this place existed till I was craving BBQ and too lazy to make any. So I googled. Reviews said it was pretty good. Stopped in on a weekday afternoon-it was hot outside so the cold burst of air when you first walk in was very comforting. That was it tho-the place was so warm it was uncomfortable.... More 

Thank roadtrippersX3
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

My parents would bring my brother and I here after a day at Kiddy Land and now I bring my kids here after we go to the Zoo. The price is a little high, but the BBQ beef is totally worth it. Their BBQ sauce is also very good, sweet and tangy. It is cheaper to buy a BBQ beef... More 

Thank BigPaPa88
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

This place has been around since I can remember. Still looks the same inside too. The beef sandwich obviously isn't a Johnnie's beef, but they are good in their own way. First off, they're a bit different than your average beef sandwich because they're served on a bun. Their pork sandwiches are good too! What makes them so good is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elmwood Park
  • Phone Number: (708) 453-7065

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?