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Hickory River Smokehouse

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$$ - $$$
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1706 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61802-1205
+1 217-337-1656
10:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Danville, Illinois
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Danville, Georgia
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137 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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. I was not impressed with the beans but they were pint-sized with meat..potato salad was... More 

Thank David M
Hillsdale, United States
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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
Chicago, IL
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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 could not resist the pulled pork sandwich and I was very impressed. I selected the... More 

Thank Ledyard
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 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
South Puget Sound
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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 next time.

Thank CathyLen
Saint Louis, Missouri
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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. The sides were below average to just ok. No stand outs. Beans were like eating... More 

Thank Ce O
Champaign, Illinois
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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 got the brisket. The food was luke warm when we got it in the car... More 

Thank clsrsly
Danville, Illinois
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Hickory River Smokehouse has a variety of choices for everyone. The Three Meat Combo is my favorite! The Brisket is tender and juicy, ribs are fall-off-the-bone good, pulled pork is fantastic! The choices of BBQ sauce offer something for almost everyone. The choices of sides are plentiful.

Thank MR2600
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59 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

The food I have eaten here is cafeteria food, I really don't understand why people support this. I guess it's cheap because it is no where near Texas bbq, I know this very well because I travel there alot & where I have fed people. I guess if I had to say what I eat when people want me to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?