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Hickory River Smokehouse originated in Urbana, Illinois. You might say, our Urbana folks, were our taste testers! This college town, welcomed, supported and patronized our restaurant since the first day we opened in January of 1995. We must be doing something right, because our loyal customers visit us regularly! Featuring the best Texas BBQ in Illinois, the Urbana Hickory River restaurant's BBQ is Smokin' delicious!
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $10
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Drive Thru
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Reviewed September 28, 2022 via mobile

Had half chicken and brisket. Brisket a little dry but got 7slices with a dinner! Chicken spot on! Coleslaw is vinegar based and good. Mac n cheese yum. Potato salad good. Corn bread very good. Place is very clean including restrooms. Service is you order...at counter and pick up at counter. Dining area nice. Would go back! (They also have beer)More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 17, 2022

We stopped by there to pick up a pound of pulled pork for dinner. It was extremely fatty. My wife would not eat it. I can’t believe the carver allowed all the fat ring to be included.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed March 17, 2022

Excellent Texas style BBQ! Best service in town! Definitely recommend going here. They forgot an item, but we're eager to make it right and super nice.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed July 27, 2021 via mobile

I ordered the pulled pork dinner. Lots of good meat and very tasty. Sides were good. Staff were friendly and helpful. My friends brisket dinner was good too. Roomy dining area. Just real good food at a reasonable price. Will go again when it that...area.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed March 21, 2021 via mobile

We bought to large Pepsi's $2.50 a piece ,they were filled all the way with ice. Mt wife went up to ask for a refill since there wasn't much drink in there, and the manager said no refills !! She said if you want a...refill buy another large drink, who does that ? I don't know of a business that does that . Also the food was ok , you get way better food at wood and hog and black dog in Urbana. Alot friendlier service to .More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 25, 2021

We came in for a late dinner. Rich was very helpful and friendly when wet ordered. Our food was ready quickly and we had a very pleasant meal. Rich came by to take our empty trays and was very friendly and kind! It was a...delight to meet Rich and so nice to connect with someone that enjoys life so much. Thank you Rich for your service and best of luck!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 7, 2021

We eat at the Urbana location at least 2 times a month. I have never been disappointed with any food I have purchased. If you are wanting authentic Texas BBQ flavor and smoke, eat at Hickory River Smokehouse. You will not be disappointed. I recommend...the 3 meat combo!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 24, 2020

I would rate them a 1 I ordered a brisket sandwich and got a fatty pork sandwich instead I tried to call them and no one answered I shall not order food from these people again there's other barbecue joints in Champaign Urbana Illinois that...are betterMore

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed August 26, 2020

I ordered a carry out dinner, and they forgot the barbeque sauce. Not a good thing. The cornbread was really good, the rest was OK. Kind of hard to tell without the barbeque sauce.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed May 29, 2020

We went through the drive through during covid. We had a car full! They did a great job of getting our order correct (and we didn’t help that process.). Our drinks were well labeled and the food was well packaged. Not to mention, the food...is good. Well done, Hickory River! Thank you.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, Troy! We appreciate your business and the kind review!

Reviewed March 7, 2020

Have always had good food here! We've tried many BBQ resturants across the country and Hickory River is still at the top of our list. Husband had a brisket sandwich with two sides. I had a dish I had won on Facebook: Cue Shoe Platter!...they were both great!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Hickory_River_Mktg, Marketing at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2020

Thank you Anne! We're happy to hear how much you love Hickory River and hope you'll keep dining with us!

Reviewed February 29, 2020

Lived in NC for 35 years, and seek out BBQ when traveling throughout US for the past 40 years. While my preference has always leaned towards Carolina style Q, I was VERY impressed with the pulled pork here. It was definitely, without a doubt, in...the top 3 I have ever had. Cooked and seasoned perfectly, and the tenderness and taste was wonderful. My wife had wings, and she said they were great. The sides we had the "home cooked" taste, and were all very good as well. We have only been the one time, but we will definitely be repeat customers. You must try, and I am confident you will also be impressed!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Chopped brisket sandwich is my usual go to, but I tried something else and was very pleased. Country smoked ham topped with mixed sauce was last night. It was so tender unlike ham that I cook at home. I definitely would order again. I also...enjoy their topping bar that includes sour cream and shredded cheese for when I order fries.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Hickory_River_Mktg, Marketing at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2020

Thank you so much for this great review, Andrew!

Reviewed October 24, 2019 via mobile

We had a large group meal here last week. Service was great and the food very good. We enjoyed our meal and the variety of food and beverages we had. Smoked salmon and burnt ends were a favorite.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed July 10, 2019

Delicious food without being overpriced. Been here a few times the food was fresh and the tables where clean!!! We'll keep coming back for the BBQ.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Yes, Hickory River Smokehouse offers takeout services.

Hickory River Smokehouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4