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Hickory River Smokehouse

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5101 W Holiday Dr, Peoria, IL 61615-9462
+1 309-683-1227
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Peoria, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2010

This is by far the best BBQ I have had anywhere, not just Peoria. The food is always exceptional and the service is always fast and friendly. My husband and I go there all the time and have never had a bad experience. I recommend them to everyone. I will be moving away from the area soon and this is... More 

Thank lilukitty
mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your business and review! Sorry to here that you will be moving.... Mike More 

Peoria, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2010

This place was amazing. good portion sizes, quick food, tasty as any BBQ I've ever had.

Thank Capat04
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2010

Coming from living in Texas for 13 years, we were very skeptical about whether we'd be tasting Bar-B-Q like we were used to getting back in Austin. However, after walking into Hickory River Bar-B-Q and tasting their product, my family and I were pleasantly surprised and amazed that we could find good flavored Bar-B-Q anywhere in the midwest. We were... More 

Thank Peoria_Palehorse
mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Thanks guys! Had a great time at your event! You could have found a better picture of me with that little piggy though! I look a little dangerous with that knife! - Mike Johnstone, Managing Partner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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155 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2010

It's hard to believe this is the most popular restaurant in Peoria. There is a good selection of meats, which are just OK. The vegetable of the day, "golden corn" and the barbecue beans obviously direct from cans. Corn bread was dry. Little packets of juice instead of lemon for the iced tea. Wouldn't go back!

Thank Morris F
mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Whether feedback be positive or negative it should be important to any business that truly cares about their customers, as I do mine. Our cornbread is baked fresh daily and if you got a piece that was a little dryer than we intended, we truly apologize. Any food item a guest has a problem with will be replaced or refunded... More 

Peoria, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2010

Hickory River has gone above and beyond to help us cater our large client event by providing us with fantastic food and fabulous service. Many rave reviews and not one single complaint. We will gladly use them again and again!

Thank JenWFA
Peoria, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2010

I want to compliment Mike and his staff at Hickory River Smokehouse for the excellent job they did while catering our recent hog roast held on June 5th, 2010. From start to finish, Hickory River answered the call and provided an amazing experience for over 250 of our guests that enjoyed the event. Mike and his team were spot on... More 

Thank bhessing
Galesburg, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2010

Hickory River Smokehouse traveled 50 miles to cater our company picnic for 660 people. The food was to die for and the staff was more than eager to please. The staff even stayed to weather a storm that blew through the picnic. I would definitely recommend Hickory River for your next catering event-the food was fabulous!

Thank lilredcar95
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2010

yea best barbque in peoria but that isn't saying much... Sauce is good but ribs taste plain by themselves... Sides are great but are small in size.. Have had their pulled pork not a big fan but my daughter likes them..Overall ok place for ribs.. If you can't que urself it's an ok substitute...But I miss chicago

Thank wjtharp
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2010

Have you ever wondered "where can I find the best bbq in town"? Well here it is, Hickory River BBQ smokehouse. Not only is the qualtiy of food the best, but also the quantity. You will not go away hungry I can gaurantee that one. My Favorite has gotta be the pulled pork. The pork will melt in your mouth... More 

Thank bro32king
Peoria, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2010

I love the service and quality I receive at Hickory River! The food is delicious, quick, and reasonably priced. As well as the staff is helpful and friendly. I always make sure to grab some BBQ from Hickory River when I'm in Peoria.

Thank BDoe

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Television
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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: +1 309-683-1227

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