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Hickory River Smokehouse

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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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank 2ftshy
Western Springs, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Brisket, brisket, brisket, sliced, on a plate without a bun, hot sauce on the side, accompanied by a square of good, mealy cornbread (not that gummy junk the wanna-be s serve) Beans have chili powder in them and are not sweet - not my fave. Cole slaw is vinegar-based, crisp and delicious, bursting with texture of colored cabbages. Ribs are... More 

Thank Hwy31s
Champaign, Illinois, United States
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The food here is outstanding. I have never had anything here that isn't exceptional! About 5 years ago they changed their recipe for their sauce so that those with gluten intolerance could eat it! Now that is customer service!

Thank Juleigh M
Central Illinois
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I have been eating Hickory River for a few years now. We love the flavor of the meat and the vinegar coleslaw was the best. My husband went through the drive thru to get a family pack. He got a pound of chopped beef brisket and a pound of turkey, plus 2 pints of coleslaw and one... More 

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Danville, Illinois
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199 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Had brisket plate for lunch with mixed sauce, Texas toast, chili, and fries. What a great lunch! $15 with a drink but all in all good. Staff was o.k.

Thank winks1996

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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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?