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Smitty's Tavern

Bar, American, Pub
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Leonore, IL
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2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My Husband and Had heard that Smittys chicken was good. We were disappointed when we realized the chicken was not deep fried but rather broasted. The chicken was awful! The bones of the chicken were black. I had the 1/4 light and the breast was so dried out I could hardly chew it. We won't be back.

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Thank Diane5412
Davenport, Iowa
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

I stopped here on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 during a 40 mile bike ride with 3 girlfriends. Waitress was unbelievably friendly and accommodating. After we saw other plates get delivered we knew we could not eat an entire lunch and still get back on our bikes and ride. And carrying leftovers in a jersey pocket is not an option when... More 

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Ottawa, Illinois
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79 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Good food and cold beer.... Best bar food available in the area... A very good spot to gather with friends and have a casual time

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Thank Dandlit
Pontiac, Illinois
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94 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

Randy and Candy run a great little place off the beaten path. A few miles for us to get there off the highway, but a must when we going through. Tenderloin like none other. Cold refreshments and outstanding service.

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Thank Dan R
Chicago, Illinois
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750 reviews
572 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Stopped by here with family coming back from Iowa headed to Chicago. Found Smitty's on Facebook and had to make the run down from I-80. We all had the pork tenderloin sandwich. Although a bit over cooked they were still pretty good. Service was excellent! A must stop if you are in the area (and even if your not)

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Thank Bruce G
Forest, VA
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107 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

Seriously, biggest tenderloin you will ever have! Nice little place tucked away between corn fields. Friendly staff, tasty food, great atmosphere. What else do you need? Highly recommended.

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Thank MrKaffee
Peru, Illinois
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293 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015 via mobile

I had heard about this place from my co-workers and heard about the big tenderloins. I had to check it out. The town is really small only about 100 people and you wouldn't think there would be a place like this. It's about 20 minutes from my house in Peru. We ordered the white cheddar nuggets to start and I... More 

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1 Thank John W
Streator, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015 via mobile

This bar/restaurant is known for its tenderloins and their wing special on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The place is not huge, so on wing night you may have a big wait to eat. Maybe arrive at 4 which is when the wing special starts. We enjoy coming here and will continue to do so. They do have different specials on other... More 

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Thank sunshinesandy32
Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2014

Small so recommend going early if you're there for "Wing Nite". Great food, prices & bartender. We keep coming back; sharing with our friends

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1 Thank Pyrowidow
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014

Smitty's Tavern or Smitty's Place or Smitty's Tap or Smitty's Bar & Grill, whatever you care to call it, is located in the tiny (population: 100) hamlet of Leonore in La Salle County, 10 miles south of Starved Rock State Park. How did so many people, including co-authors Jane and Michael Stern of "Roadbook," the guide to the top 900... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, American, Pub
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Leonore, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Leonore

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