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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 good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“ribs” (22 reviews)
“pork” (13 reviews)
“coleslaw” (8 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
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1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Russell's has been there forever -- and the barbecue is still worth the trip.For those of you who haven't been there for a while, they now also have BBQ pulled-chicken to go along with the pulled-pork and BBQ beef sandwiches. The ribs are also still...More

Thank C809SQedwardr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious moist Pork BBQ was perfect for lunch, I couldn't even finish the delicious French fries! You could come here everyday and always have something different, a great variety to choose from. My dad brought my mom here on their first date back in 1960!!

Thank LyndaNEd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though Russell's Barbecue has been around since the 1930's, my first memories of Russell's Barbecue were in the 50;s, when we were kids and we used to go to the long gone Kiddie Land at First Ave. & North Ave. The restaurant hasn't changed a...More

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We have been eating here every single Christmas Eve since I a child! My dad would take my sisters and I to the cemetery where his parents are buried and then have lunch at Russell's. My children and niece have joined us since they were...More

Thank Nicolle B
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Russell's is a favorite of all in our family. My husband found it 45 years ago, while working in the area. We have since moved out of state, but every time we return to the city, we manage to find our way back to Russell's....More

Thank Shellysudan
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Have been coming here since I was a little girl. The barbecue pork sandwich has been a favorite for many years. It comes with cole slaw, a pickle slice, fries (you can substitute for a baked potatoe). The secret of Russell's is their special sauce....More

Thank Jane V
Reviewed 1 July 2017

we thought the beef sandwiches were noticable 'dry.' --part of yesterdays menu...? 0k. we did get there at opening hour, but (what seemed like) left-over, overnight beef? --not acceptable. And the (so-called) garden salad? --it was sans anything in the garden beyond lettuce. there was...More

Thank dannyTheK
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Been a while since, I visited back in Chicago area, I used to go to Russell's as a kid. Over 50 years ago, and it tastes, just the same as it did then. Also had to buy some of Russell's bbq sauce to bring home.

Thank britewally
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Russel's surely has stood the test of time. I used to go here years ago with my family after a day in the old Kiddie-Land, not too far away. At Russel's it is seems as if time has stood still. The same delicious melt in...More

1  Thank TinaTravelstheWorld
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Haven't been here in 25 years. Opened in 1930. Restaurant has allot of history and vintage pictures. But the BBQ is forgetable and doesn't provide any encouragement to return. I had a BBQ Pork Original with fries and coleslaw. The sauce is really nothing any...More

Thank Trav_LN_now
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Restaurant Details

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