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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 good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“ribs” (25 reviews)
“pork sandwich” (11 reviews)
“cole slaw” (14 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 2 weeks ago

To answer another post, the sauce is not nasty, it is fabulous, my entire family loves it! It is very different than most sauces, I will give them that. The flavor they may not have been accustomed to is Tamarind. It is kind of spicy...More

Thank sberry500
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sauce has a noticeable cinnamon flavor. Some people may like it, but it is not my thing. I always try ribs first at a BBQ joint and they were just OK. The average age of the staff is at least 60 and they can...More

Thank Mark37Chicago
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious BBQ beef sandwich and outstanding Cole slaw--and baked potato is available. They new management has made great improvements in beef quality. Can't wait to go back. Been going there for years but beef had gotten a little fatty. Not anymore!!! Really great again. Don't...More

Thank travelwise654
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

What a dump two burgers cost me 25 bucks I was on my way to the hotel from hell it was December 23 on my way to Mexico so my wife and I stopped for a quick bite we had to guess how to order...More

Thank Lowllama
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Our food was served cold and not what was ordered. I was already sitting with the food when my husband went up to get a knife because they failed to give him one and ask for the correct side item. They demanded we return my...More

Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Definitely not authentic southern BBQ, but a delicious alternative. Brisket is recent addition that is moist and tasty. Smoked meats are all good recent additions. Conventional offerings are good too, just not smoked. Ribs and chicken are tasty, tender and juicy. Hot sauce is outstanding.

Thank Abenture
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Walking into Russell's Dining Room reminded me of my days at summer camp as a youth. Lots of windows. (See pic that accompanies the TripAdvisor heading for this establishment.) You get the feeling you're out on someone's enclosed porch. But on to the important stuff....More

Thank ssvvpp
Reviewed 19 October 2017

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 2 October 2017 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 23 September 2017

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
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they have salad
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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
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
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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