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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 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Pekin, Illinois
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I am not a big fan of this BBQ place but today I just tried the wings. They were the best wings i ever had. Therefore I would rate this place higher. Crunchy skin (no coating) and sauce on the side. I was impressed and will return. Didn't care for the coleslaw.

Thank Ann T
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We are in this restaurant we friends and had very quick service and good food.we had sandwiches,ribs ,full dinners and drinks. The prices were very reasonable. We will return again soon

Thank jim j
Dunlap, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The food was okay, nothing special, but decent. The portions came out like someone was measuring them with a thimble and counting every bean in my baked bean cup- and it was not what I consider "cheap"

Thank chinstrap2016
mjohnstone1, Owner at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

Pretty interesting how the only 2 establishments you have reviewed are my business, and a local competitor. In regards to our side order portions I assure you we use a 4 oz heaping ladle for all side orders in store and a 6 oz togo cup for everything that leaves the store. With all dinner plates including at least a... More 

Schaumburg, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

It's cafeteria style. Get your trays and move down. The barbecue is very good, pulled pork, beef brisket. The sides, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy all great. Corn bread is dense. Very heavy and tasty. The cherry and the blackberry cobler were not good, maybe the peach would have been better.

Thank Caribbeanlinda
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Its a nice little place to eat. The cooks are so Friendly, ive been there 5 in 8Days. Just love there Ribs.

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

Thanks for the Awesome Review Dave! We love hearing how much you enjoyed our food and want to Thank You for letting the world know on TripAdvisor. It means the world to us. More 

Pekin, Illinois
Level Contributor
29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with mash potatoes and gravy. Very flavorful. You have a choice of mild, hot or mixed barbeque sauce, I really liked the mixed sauce on the side. They will give you generous amounts of sauce so I would rather dip my sandwich into the sauce then have a messy sandwich. Get the mixed sauce.

Thank Ann T
Elmwood, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Service and food are excellent. Love their ribs (I get them naked). Smokey flavor that can't be beat!

Thank Brian M
Peoria, Illinois
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Service was fast during lunch rush.Food looked attractive, and portions were as expected. But! Our food was service somewhat cool/cold. I been to many smokehouses bbq joints, and never service cold food before.

Thank Dennis Y
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

This is the third time I have enjoyed Bar-B-Q at Hickory River As usual the price for good BBQ is a little high but it's worth it at Hickory River. Atmosphere is very casual, brisket is the best. I very seldom have anything else.

Thank William E
Aurora, Ohio
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121 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Chain franchise BBQ restaurant that serves up decent food at pretty decent prices. The ribs were good but the pulled pork and brisket were much better. This is an order at the counter not too fancy place in an off the beaten path location which I truly hopes can make it. Owners weren't overly friendly but then again the place... More 

Thank Jon L

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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
US$5 - US$15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Television
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
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?