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Hickory River Smokehouse

1706 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61802-1205
+1 217-337-1656
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“ranch beans” (10 reviews)
“beef brisket” (9 reviews)
“mac n cheese” (5 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1706 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61802-1205
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch and although they were busy we got our food pretty quickly. It is a great value as six of us ate for about sixty dollars! I recommend the Turkey! It is mouth watering and tender! Very flavorful and seasoned to perfection!...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled upon this place while passing through, and liked it so much we made a point of stopping there on our way back through 4 months later. Get the 'mixed' or 'hot' sauce. Large serving sizes.

Thank jh26
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

2nd time here. Very good quality meats, helpful staff and pleasant ambiance. I got the 2 meet combo, and it was plenty of food.

Thank George02-1973
Hickory_River_Mktg, Guest Relations Manager at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you George! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and had a good experience in our restaurant! We hope you'll be back for a third (and many more) time.

Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

In town I left 38 years ago. My friend suggested Hickory River. Was sceptical as I am from barbecue territory Georgia. First impression was the wonderful smell of hickory smoke and food. Pricing was very reasonable and portions are nearly obscene, come hungry leave full....More

Thank David M
Hickory_River_Mktg, Guest Relations Manager at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for this nice 5-star review, David! We love hearing about first experiences with Hickory River, and are happy that we were able to impress you.

Reviewed 8 February 2017

Pulled pork is great. Lots of good sides, especially, the au gratin potatoes. You order at counter, take your tray of food, and get your own drink - so not quite self-serve, but it's fast and good.

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Local friends I was attending a U of I basketball game with suggested we eat here before the game. While the game was disappointing, unless you were a Badger fan, the food here was anything but. While they are known for their beef brisket, I...More

Thank Ledyard
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Although they are well known for their beef brisket, they serve the best smoked turkey in town! The baked potatoes are a family favorite, especially when topped the the previously mentioned beef brisket. Always great quality food!

Thank gloria h
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Very good barbecue and friendly service. We arrived very close to closing time but were not rushed. Sadly they were out of catfish -- highly recommended by the person who brought us to the restaurant -- at that point, so we'll have to try it...More

Thank CathyLen
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here to eat while traveling. Easy off and back on interstate. Fairly fast and good service that is important when not wanting to spend a lot of time. We tried the pulled pork, beef brisket, and ribs. All very good. Sauce good also....More

Thank Ce O
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Thought we'd give it a try. First, we called. They wouldn't give us any info over the phone and apparently they don't do call-ahead orders, but told us the cooks are quick and to just come drive through. We did. I got the chicken, he...More

Thank clsrsly
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, 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: 1706 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61802-1205
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Urbana
  • Phone Number: +1 217-337-1656
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