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Hickory River Smokehouse

$$ - $$$
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5101 W Holiday Dr, Peoria, IL 61615-9462
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Elmwood, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Service and food are excellent. Love their ribs (I get them naked). Smokey flavor that can't be beat!

Thank Brian M
Peoria, Illinois
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Service was fast during lunch rush.Food looked attractive, and portions were as expected. But! Our food was service somewhat cool/cold. I been to many smokehouses bbq joints, and never service cold food before.

Thank Dennis Y
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

This is the third time I have enjoyed Bar-B-Q at Hickory River As usual the price for good BBQ is a little high but it's worth it at Hickory River. Atmosphere is very casual, brisket is the best. I very seldom have anything else.

Thank William E
Aurora, Ohio
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118 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Chain franchise BBQ restaurant that serves up decent food at pretty decent prices. The ribs were good but the pulled pork and brisket were much better. This is an order at the counter not too fancy place in an off the beaten path location which I truly hopes can make it. Owners weren't overly friendly but then again the place... More 

Thank Jon L
Peoria, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

The barbecue is awesome!! They have their own barbecue and it so good!!! I love their ribs and their macaroni!! No words! 😁

1 Thank Carly1822
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Hannah is amazing to work with! Her and Shane make an excellent team. They made our wedding feel like the most important event that the business had coming up, even though I know they're quite busy on a regular basis. The guests loved the food! We had the sliced brisket, pulled pork, ranch backed beans, and the pasta salad. The... More 

1 Thank Martin D
Burlington, Iowa
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453 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

Great barbecue place with tasty sides. Got here early since it starts filling up by six. Hot sauce if you want it. Pulled pork was very good.

Thank mark m
Winnebago, Illinois
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110 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

Ate here with a group. You go through a line, and order your meat and two sides. I had pulled pork and baby back ribs, plus two sides, a piece of cornbread and a soft drink for about 16 dollars. The "hot" sauce left a little burn on the lips, but not a whole lot of flavor. The meats were... More 

Thank neshera
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a brisket sandwich to go and the meat was juicy and tender. I went with the mixed sauce which had a perfect blend of sweet with a nice heat. Definitely would come back for other menu items.

Thank Michael S
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2016

We were at Hickory River for a special event and the waitstaff was friendly, the owners took great care of us, and I got to enjoy something special that is not a typical menu item, I don't believe. I prefer poultry over red meat, and ordered the chicken plate. It was cooked PERFECTLY--tender, juicy and seasoned deliciously. The side dishes... More 

Thank Cheri N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Delivery, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5101 W Holiday Dr, Peoria, IL 61615-9462
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
  • Phone Number: 309-683-1227

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