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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
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Greensboro, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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23 reviews
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 

Thank Twitchin S
Atascadero, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I ate there often when growing up in Oak Park and now visit whenever in the area (along with Jim and Petes and Parkys Hot Dogs). It is very consistent. Efficient staff. I always get the pork BBQ and it is always really good and seems to have never changed in all the decades I have known the place. They... More 

Thank Charles K
Frankfort, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I went here as a little girl and now, some 50 years later I returned. Food is not mass produced but made as ordered. The beef sandwich is tender with finely cut meat. Sauce us served separate so you can add as little or as much as you want. And the fried mushrooms are the best I've ever had. Homey... More 

Thank RedKia20
Bryce Canyon City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

I was disappointed by this place. Their pulled chicken and burnt ends simply weren't well done. Neither has anywhere close to enough smoke or spice flavor and their BBQ sauce is pretty terrible. Fun place, sort of a throwback, not frankly not very good.

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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
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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?