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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 good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“ribs” (29 reviews)
“pork sandwich” (11 reviews)
“cole slaw” (14 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went in for lunch on a Monday. Nice lunch crowd. My husband got the chopped brisket sandwich and the meat was cold. The meat was plentiful and the sauce was warm so that helped a bit. I had the burger which was just ok. I...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Natalie F
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

When I moved to Elmhurst in 1967 it was the only bbq place nearby. But not like any kind I’d had before. I’ve lived in Texas, Tennessee , and North Carolina so I’ve had any kinds then and over the years. Russell’s has good flavor...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Osborne J
Reviewed December 10, 2018

Word of mouth will keep Russels open forever. Best ribs around by far. Atmosphere is old school and very pleasant. Plenty of workers, and they all are very cordial.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank tempo1975
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

It’s got the history, the location and the beautiful vintage neon sign. It doesn’t, unfortunately, have anything close to great BBQ. In fact, the food here seems to get by on lack of competition in the immediate area for BBQ/Comfort Food and people’s memories of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank SinceYouAsk
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

So very very good. I love their sauce and childhood memories! Our parents went on their first date there in the 1940’s

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Sfords72
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Sometimes we forget the way it used to be. And how good it used to be. We get hung up in the nuances of today, the restaurant chains, the new gimmicks, drive-throughs. Remember Russell's Barbecue? How could we forget? Located at 1621 North Thatcher Avenue...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed September 14, 2018

First came here in the 1950's, just returned to Chicago after 20+ years, we all met @ Russells for dinner. The Barbeque Pork & Beef were dry and tasteless. Their sauce is too sseet---taste like its formulated for the under 12 market. Fries, were frozen...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank HungryJoeTokyo
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Russell's has been here since 1930, and for a reason, Great BBQ. Russell's can be seen and you turn from North Avenue on Thatcher, the unmistakable tall chimney with Russell's name on it. When you enter you look for what fare you'd like and order....More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank cpd6198
Reviewed June 26, 2018

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

Date of visit: June 2018
2  Thank anniverysary2015
Reviewed June 20, 2018 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

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank pitmasterphilw
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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
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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