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Russell's Barbecue

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1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
+1 708-453-7065
10:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Good old pulled pork sandwiches and brisket. They have thier own barbque sauce which is very tasty. All of this in a vintage surrounding. Nothing fancy here.

Thank Patrice B
Elmwood Park
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We go there sometimes because we live close and there is plenty of outside seating. But the ribs are kinda dry and their "secret recipe homemade bbq sauce" is pretty bad, the cheap ones you can buy at every supermarket are better. Sorry, but we wouldn't go there with friends nor family because we can't recommend a rundown place like... More 

Thank marknQ283NS
Wheaton, Illinois
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142 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Easy to find this no frills restaurant. Lots of seating and food was good.. You walk up to the counter to order and pay and move onto another counter to pickup your drinks and food. Service was quick. I had the BBQ pulled chicken meal (it comes with 2 sides - cole slaw was very good) They also give you... More 

Thank Eileen B
Norridge, Illinois
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76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We have eaten at Russell's Barbecue several times and are never disappointed. Service is prompt and courteous. Price is reasonable. Food is always good.

Thank Sandra W
Wilmington, North Carolina
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Took two days in my old haunts (Berwyn,etc.) in transit from Colorado Springs back to my home near Wilmington NC. My parents first came to Russells in 1931 and as a family with relatives this was a great place chocked full of memories from the 1950s-1970;s, When visiting in the 80's and 90's we always made a stop here when... More 

1 Thank woondwinds
Windermere, Florida
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

The portions are plentiful, and the sauce is sweet but very good, you have a lot of choices for sides, the sweet potato fries where great. Plenty of seating. Wifi also which is a plus. The bathrooms are tiny, only thing I didn't care for.

Thank Steve F
Elgin, Illinois
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We haven't been here in a long time! But the food is just as tasty as it was many year's ago. This place is a favorite of many! You go in and place your order from the many different choices, pay for it then go sit down and wait for your number to be called. Or take it home! Either... More 

Thank Cliff S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Good quality, great memories. Have been visiting for over 40 years. My daughter has been eating BBQ from Russells for 30 years. The beef platter is the bomb. It is nice to have a combo of good food and memories.

Thank dron52
Skokie, Illinois
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144 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I don't consider Russell's chow to be special. Honestly? It's comparable to what you'd find at other neighborhood carryout joints, which is to say okay or average. So, what does Russell's have that the other joints don't? History, nostalgia, local flavor, and patina. An Elmwood Park fixture since 1930, this place has remained remarkably unchanged through the decades. To generations... More 

Thank FoodFight101
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

This is an old-time barbecue place that I've gone to for years. I especially like the original pork sandwich, which I drown in their delicious barbecue sauce. My husband likes the brisket sandwich. I can't give a higher rating, though, because the place feels too run down (which is not the same thing as old). The women's restroom really needs... More 

1 Thank Chicago_Gayle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?