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Russell's Barbecue

1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
+1 708-453-7065
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good31%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“ribs” (23 reviews)
“pork sandwich” (10 reviews)
“cole slaw” (14 reviews)
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10:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So very very good. I love their sauce and childhood memories! Our parents went on their first date there in the 1940’s

Thank Sfords72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sometimes we forget the way it used to be. And how good it used to be. We get hung up in the nuances of today, the restaurant chains, the new gimmicks, drive-throughs. Remember Russell's Barbecue? How could we forget? Located at 1621 North Thatcher Avenue...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First came here in the 1950's, just returned to Chicago after 20+ years, we all met @ Russells for dinner. The Barbeque Pork & Beef were dry and tasteless. Their sauce is too sseet---taste like its formulated for the under 12 market. Fries, were frozen...More

Thank HungryJoeTokyo
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Russell's has been here since 1930, and for a reason, Great BBQ. Russell's can be seen and you turn from North Avenue on Thatcher, the unmistakable tall chimney with Russell's name on it. When you enter you look for what fare you'd like and order....More

Thank cpd6198
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Last month we had a family reunion at our favorite BBQ Beef restaurant. We all ordered the beef sandwiches because in the past 40 years we agreed that this was the BEST beef in the world. What happened ???? The beef we received was of...More

2  Thank anniverysary2015
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

I love this place , been around a long time . Meet up with a friend today for ribs , chicken sandwich, slaw and fries . There sauce i really like . Cant wait to get Back to try more . #porkmafia inda house

Thank pitmasterphilw
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

So good. Russell's has been around forever...and for a reason! Best BBQ chicken and pulled pork sandwich around. Be sure to bring home a bottle of their legendary homemade BBQ sauce too!

Thank MarianneBor
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Good food, but whatever you do, don't drink the Franzia "box" wine or the tap beer. Wine tastes terrible, like it's very old or stale and the beer is awful, tapper needs to be cleaned.

1  Thank Fodder4B
Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

My grand parents went on their first date to Russell's, has been a family tradition for 75 years. A must try if in the area. This is not southern style bbq, it is straight up Chicago. Get the beef, and the ribs are awesome. Love...More

3  Thank Chris K
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

There is no other sauce like it ... The ribs are grilled perfectly .. I load my fries in the sauce an the bun that comes with ribs are so soft . THE SOUP is always amazing doest matter which one you get. Yummy onion...More

Thank mia0485
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they have salad
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Kids, 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: +1 708-453-7065
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