Russell's Barbecue

$ $
1621 N Thatcher Ave (btwn Bloomingdale Ave & North Ave)
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
(708) 453-7065
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 11:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm



  • The beef sandwiches are the most famous here. Make sure you get a bottle of the famous BBQ sauce to take home.
  • Buy there bbq sauce.... Best in america!
  • The food was very good! Ribs and chicken were great. The sauce is the best i have ever had. What a cool old timey place!
  • One Beef is never enough...go for two and smother your fries with BBQ sauce! BTW...the sauce is so delicious you can drink it like a shake!
  • Great BBQ beef or pork sandwich's. Classic place. In the main building they have booths that look to date back to the 40's. Pictures on the wall from the end of WW2, seem to show the same booths.
  • Amazing ribs and sides! Fries go well with anything. Great for groups and special occasions!
  • I can have a beef sandwich from here everyday! The best BBQ in Illinois.
  • Pork sandwich was scraps with no sauce. Ribs left much to be desired. They seriously charge $2 for those mini sides? Italian ice tasted like the scrappings off the freezer.
  • OMG the Rib's are the bomb diggity!
  • I like the beef sandwiches :-)
  • The BBQ, of course.
  • A true classic restaurant in the area! Must go. Awesome brisket sandwich and pork sandwich! (NOTE: THIS IS NOT BBQ LIKE Famous Daves, or somewhere like that.)
  • Beef,pork- why would you get anything else? Best in Chicago!
  • had ribs and chicken combo, with fries. fries were on the crunchy side, not overcooked but not undercooked. ribs and chicken were tender, but no rub. sauce is flavorful but thin. I will not return.
  • Beef and Pork are delicious! Their sauce is the best!!
  • First time here. I like the nostalgia but that's about it. The quality/quantity of the meat is good but the sauce doesn't do it for me. Reminds me of Skyline with the cinnamon spice. Not a fav.
  • Everything is good!
  • A Chicago institution. Best beef in the city.
  • Didn't like their ribs much never went back. Didn't like the taste
  • All the food is bland, most of it is pretty clearly made from frozen. Confused how this place manages to stay in business

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