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Russell's Barbecue

1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
+1 708-453-7065
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good32%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (28 reviews)
“pork” (14 reviews)
“cole slaw” (14 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last month we had a family reunion at our favorite BBQ Beef restaurant. We all ordered the beef sandwiches because in the past 40 years we agreed that this was the BEST beef in the world. What happened ???? The beef we received was of...More

1  Thank anniverysary2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place , been around a long time . Meet up with a friend today for ribs , chicken sandwich, slaw and fries . There sauce i really like . Cant wait to get Back to try more . #porkmafia inda house

Thank pitmasterphilw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So good. Russell's has been around forever...and for a reason! Best BBQ chicken and pulled pork sandwich around. Be sure to bring home a bottle of their legendary homemade BBQ sauce too!

Thank MarianneBor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food, but whatever you do, don't drink the Franzia "box" wine or the tap beer. Wine tastes terrible, like it's very old or stale and the beer is awful, tapper needs to be cleaned.

1  Thank Fodder4B
Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

My grand parents went on their first date to Russell's, has been a family tradition for 75 years. A must try if in the area. This is not southern style bbq, it is straight up Chicago. Get the beef, and the ribs are awesome. Love...More

1  Thank Chris K
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

There is no other sauce like it ... The ribs are grilled perfectly .. I load my fries in the sauce an the bun that comes with ribs are so soft . THE SOUP is always amazing doest matter which one you get. Yummy onion...More

Thank mia0485
Reviewed March 6, 2018

To answer another post, the sauce is not nasty, it is fabulous, my entire family loves it! It is very different than most sauces, I will give them that. The flavor they may not have been accustomed to is Tamarind. It is kind of spicy...More

1  Thank sberry500
Reviewed February 24, 2018

The sauce has a noticeable cinnamon flavor. Some people may like it, but it is not my thing. I always try ribs first at a BBQ joint and they were just OK. The average age of the staff is at least 60 and they can...More

1  Thank Mark37Chicago
Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

Delicious BBQ beef sandwich and outstanding Cole slaw--and baked potato is available. They new management has made great improvements in beef quality. Can't wait to go back. Been going there for years but beef had gotten a little fatty. Not anymore!!! Really great again. Don't...More

Thank travelwise654
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

What a dump two burgers cost me 25 bucks I was on my way to the hotel from hell it was December 23 on my way to Mexico so my wife and I stopped for a quick bite we had to guess how to order...More

2  Thank Lowllama
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they have salad
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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