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Reviewed September 12, 2022

Stopped for a midweek dinner visit. Staff very friendly and the food was tasty with good portion sizes for the pork loin and ham dinners. Easy location near hotel.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Hickory River, Marketing at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2022

Thank you for your great review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner with us, and hope you'll be back again.

Reviewed August 31, 2022

At the drive-thru I purchased the Pork Loin Dinner, Bean and Mac-n-Cheese sides. My order was served fairly quickly at a $13 price tag, not bad. Inside the container were several slices of meat, which were flavorless, tough, dry and looked like they were simple...sliced from loin roll that was heated, not much browning on the edges. The beans tasted like they were baked beans from a can, did not enjoy them much. The mac-n-cheese could have just as well been made from a box; they were cheesy but not very cheesy tasting. The included Homemade Sweet Cornbread was sweet enough but dry, not moist at all. All said, I'll not return to try their other menu items.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 21, 2022 via mobile

Flavorful bbq, good price (especially for seniors) and good service. Friends were not happy with the chili side, but My vinegar coleslaw was good and the green beans were good.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 22, 2022 via mobile

Cute western decor. Large menu board where you order and they bring it to your table. Super quick service. I had the pulled pork sandwich and Mac n cheese which was good. The chili was my favorite (not too spicy) with large portions of meat...in it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022

I had a coupon for $2 off "Turkey in the Garden" so I picked it up at the drive thru. I had it before but it's been a long while. The server took my coupon and my money and then said, "We don't have any...salads in stock so they are going to make you one". That seemed strange to me. Do they arrive at the store pre-made? This was the strangest "salad greens" I've ever seen. All one kind, very dark green and limp. A corner of cukes and tomato and and turkey that was dry and tasteless. Went straight into the trash.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2021

The ribs were ok, brisket was horrible because it was so dry you couldn’t eat it without drinks of water in between, Mac n cheese was gross, waffle fries were good. Kinda high priced for such mediocrity.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed September 28, 2020

Had takeout during a work visit. BBQ was ok, but nothing special. Drive through took a very long time and the customer in front had their order messed up.More

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

Hi JD, thank you for your feedback. With COVID and all of the changes and new safety measures in place, orders can occasionally take a bit longer. If you ever experience that your order wasn't correct, we invite you to call us as soon as...More

Reviewed May 25, 2020

I absolutely love this place. The food is fantastic, especially the pulled pork and brisket. The sauce is amazing, and the sides are great. Plus, the people working here are friendly and welcoming. And yes, it is "counter service", but that just means getting the...deliciousl food that much quicker. I eat here about twice a week.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Hickory_River_Mktg, Marketing at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2020

Thank you, Greg! We truly appreciate your kind review and feedback!

Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

Our small family devoured the takeout brisket on Christmas day. I would absolutely recommend HR in Peoria!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 22, 2019

First time visitor to this eatery and was greatly disappointed as it’s more of a fast food stop than a resturant. We both ordered a pulled pork sandwich with a side of macaroni and cheese. The employee working behind the counter went into a hotbox...(what they told me it was) and souped out a couple servings of pulled pork out of an uncovered metal container and put it buns that were on the counter. The macaroni and cheese also taken out of an uncovered metal container that was sitting in a hot box as well and neither item was made fresh just in storage in the metal containers. My concern was that it didn’t appear that the temperatures were regulated enough for fresh food. When we got to our table and we opened our sandwich to add some barbecue sauce the pulled pork was cold. I Immediately took both sandwiches back to the serving area and asked the employee behind the counter if he could remake them fresh and hot or if he had a way to warm them up and he suggested I use the microwave that was out there for customers next to the soda machine. He advised me he had no way of heating it up in the back kitchen so the microwave was our only choice, obviously we returned the food got my money back and we left. On our way out the manager stopped us and said he would make us new sandwiches at no cost to us. I asked him if there is no way of warming the food in the back kitchen then how and where was he going to get the hot fresh Pulled pork from and he indicated that he was going to take it out of the same container in the same hot box behind the counter. Not wanting to risk getting sick we passed on the free sandwiches and I would recommend everybody else to find another place to eat unless they like warming their food up with a microwave after it’s given to you. Great job chef MikeMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2020

Ezio: Thanks For you visit. I am sorry our food was not more to your liking. As you can see from our more favorable reviews many people truly enjoy our food. Based on your review I would assume your visit was made close to our...More

Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

Tried Hickory River for the first time after several years living in Peoria. I took a family meal home and was not disappointed. Brisket was outstanding. Didn’t even need any sauce to burst with flavor. Pulled pork was also very good. We enjoyed the beans...and other sides and takeout was quick and convenient. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019 via mobile

Loved the Turkey sandwich and fries. Large portion sizes. Tasted great. Here us the before and after pictures.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

Our small group of Associates went here for lunch. The part that we had to wait for, was - WHICH good food to order!!! The moment we udder the words, it was being prepared before us. Slide down a bit - got our side dishes...- slide a little more and paid. Quick! I had the smoked roast turkey sandwich with side of coleslaw and applesauce. All was Good! As I looked down the table at our group, each dish look good and everyone looked delighted.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

While visiting family I tried the BBQ ribs, they were great and the service was very fast, along with friendly. Definitely would go back.

Date of visit: August 2019
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mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2020

Glad we were to your liking. Looking forward to seeing you again.- Mike Johnstone

Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

I went here with a daughter’s softball team. The workers were very nice and friendly. I have the pork loin and some wings. They were both good. It was also pretty fast and wasn’t that crowded which was nice for a big group.

Date of visit: September 2019
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