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Clay's Popeye's Bar-B-Que

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1121 S Grand Ave E, Springfield, IL 62703-2618
+1 217-522-0386
11:00 - 18:00
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Was in town wanted some bbq, my family and I stopped in and we enjoyed everything we got everyone got something different

Thank Yolanda P
Petersburg, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a very non-formal restaurant, if you come in a few times they start calling you by name. It's a family run business, and that comes through from the start. It's a wet Bar-B-Que, with temperature ranges from mild to their famous Blazing Heifer sauce. I would warn those people who think they can take hot food to work... More 

Thank Tedd W
Springfield, Illinois
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98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

A great place for BBQ, especially considering the price. For just a few bucks, you get a pile of meat, bread, a side, and a drink. Great sauces, quick service, and plenty of seats round out the experience. On your first trip, you can easily see how this place earned, and keeps, its reputation as a Springfield staple.

Thank Joseph B
Riverton, IL
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2016

I've been eating at Popeye's Bar-B-Que since it was originally opened by Benson "Popeye" Jones, and I've never been disappointed!

Thank jeanaff
Springfield, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2015

Showed up at noon was only 2 people in place eating. Got a soda and couldn't drink it tasted bad. To bad it was the best and portion would fill you up not no more. The sauce is good. Won't go back.

Thank earl r
Springfield, Illinois
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132 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

I have lived here all my life and have always heard of Popeyes bbq. Their hours always made it a bit diffucult to catch them open, but finally managed to try it. I was expecting fall off the bone tender ribs and these were not, so I was a bit disappointed. I can say now I've tried them, but probably... More 

Thank KittyandFelix
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90 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

My family and I have eaten there so many times. Never had a bad meal. Always good service and friendly folks who work there. The lunch special with beef tips, and pork is my favorite. The sauce is always the same; delicious. The sides, potato salad, slaw, and baked beans, are the best. My favorite is the potato salad because... More 

Thank oxfordcook
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2012

I was visiting the area and extensively searched for a BBQ restaurant. Based on the reviews, we went and it wasn't as expected. In a nutshell, if you are looking for BBQ that reflects that Chicago flare, this place has lost it's spark. According, to one of the locals, it has undergone a change in management over the years. My... More 

1 Thank JANET4749
Kincaid, Illinois, United States
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2012

This place has been around for sometime, and BBQ is their game, Pulled pork, Chicken and ribs, rib tips, and sausage. I have eaten there more times than I can count and have Never had a bad meal, the people that run and own it are great and try their best to please the customer. Clean as a pin, you... More 

Thank Toney L
Battlefield, MO
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2012

Looking for a good hometown BBQ place and found good reviews on Popeye's so decided to give it a try. It was very good! We ordered the ribs! They were awesome! For $12 you get about 7 or 8 bones and coleslaw. Lots of reviews talked about the friendly staff so my expectations may have been a little high. It... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1121 S Grand Ave E, Springfield, IL 62703-2618
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: +1 217-522-0386

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?