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Russell's Barbecue

1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
+1 708-453-7065
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pork sandwich” (12 reviews)
“ribs” (22 reviews)
“coleslaw” (8 reviews)
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10:30 - 23:00All hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been eating here every single Christmas Eve since I a child! My dad would take my sisters and I to the cemetery where his parents are buried and then have lunch at Russell's. My children and niece have joined us since they were...More

Thank Nicolle B
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Russell's is a favorite of all in our family. My husband found it 45 years ago, while working in the area. We have since moved out of state, but every time we return to the city, we manage to find our way back to Russell's....More

Thank Shellysudan
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Have been coming here since I was a little girl. The barbecue pork sandwich has been a favorite for many years. It comes with cole slaw, a pickle slice, fries (you can substitute for a baked potatoe). The secret of Russell's is their special sauce....More

Thank Jane V
Reviewed 1 July 2017

we thought the beef sandwiches were noticable 'dry.' --part of yesterdays menu...? 0k. we did get there at opening hour, but (what seemed like) left-over, overnight beef? --not acceptable. And the (so-called) garden salad? --it was sans anything in the garden beyond lettuce. there was...More

Thank dannyTheK
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Been a while since, I visited back in Chicago area, I used to go to Russell's as a kid. Over 50 years ago, and it tastes, just the same as it did then. Also had to buy some of Russell's bbq sauce to bring home.

Thank britewally
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Russel's surely has stood the test of time. I used to go here years ago with my family after a day in the old Kiddie-Land, not too far away. At Russel's it is seems as if time has stood still. The same delicious melt in...More

1  Thank TinaTravelstheWorld
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Haven't been here in 25 years. Opened in 1930. Restaurant has allot of history and vintage pictures. But the BBQ is forgetable and doesn't provide any encouragement to return. I had a BBQ Pork Original with fries and coleslaw. The sauce is really nothing any...More

Thank Trav_LN_now
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Great food and alot.to.choose.from and. Great.place.to.meet.up.with others ...very . spacious and.big.parking.lot...u can dine in or.sit outside on a nice day they have tables.or.u can take ur.food to go...They have a small bar.in back across from a few video poker/ slots machines ...

Thank karen k
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Russell's BBQ has been an important place in my family for decades. My parents went there while they were dating and have taken me there since I was a child. I don't get there nearly as often as I would like, but I was just...More

Thank Sally1382
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

The slab of rib was just okay. I got two orders of the half slab rib dinner and once again I was not satisfied. The place is very clean, and the staff is friendly. Unfortunately. I will not be returning.

Thank Shonda H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, 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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