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Russell's Barbecue

BBQ Joint$$$$
Elmwood Park
  • Kevin M.
    "Awesome brisket sandwich and pork sandwich!"(7 Tips)
    Phil W.
    "Great bbq beef sandwich"(4 Tips)
    Max R.
    "had ribs and chicken combo, with fries."(3 Tips)
    Ryan S.
    "Italian ice tasted like the scrappings off the freezer."(2 Tips)
43 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • pork sandwiches
  • ribs
  • family-friendly
  • good for groups
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  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MurphySeptember 25
    Barbecue sauce tasted old. Bad flavor and only offered one
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McKayMay 12
    Been here 10+ times
    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.)
  • Kate R.
    Kate RomanoSeptember 6, 2016
    Beef,pork- why would you get anything else? Best in Chicago!
  • Max R.
    Max RaschkeSeptember 1, 2016
    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.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GiaseJuly 22, 2016
    Beef and Pork are delicious! Their sauce is the best!!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CattravelMay 7, 2016
    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.
  • Tina M.
    Tina MelendezFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good!
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurphyDecember 4, 2015
    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.
  • Benjamin N.
    Benjamin NelsonSeptember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A Chicago institution. Best beef in the city.
  • shedrick l.
    shedrick larksJanuary 27, 2015
    Didn't like their ribs much never went back. Didn't like the taste
  • Isaac R.
    Isaac RadnitzerNovember 30, 2014
    All the food is bland, most of it is pretty clearly made from frozen. Confused how this place manages to stay in business
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerOctober 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing ribs and sides! Fries go well with anything. Great for groups and special occasions!
  • Dennis G.
    Dennis GeorgesNovember 30, 2013
    Food was just ok. Bbq beef was over cooked and crumbly, Mac & cheese was watery. Bbq sauce wasn't very good. Won't be back any time soon..
  • Jecy R.
    Jecy RosarioAugust 31, 2013
    Long islands PACK A PUNCH YO
  • Scott A.
    Scott AradoAugust 3, 2013
    Still one of my favorites
  • Tara D.
    Tara DarnellAugust 1, 2013
    Get the pork sandwich
  • Michael
    MichaelJuly 20, 2013
    Get the watermelon Italian ice.
  • Edwin P.
    Edwin PerezJuly 16, 2013
    Eat anything with barbecue very delicious
  • Arlyn S.
    Arlyn SJune 23, 2013
    Great pork sandwiches that taste the same way they did when I was a kid. I love this place!
  • Debra S.
    Debra SecorJune 10, 2013
    The beef brisket is delis!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SMay 10, 2013
    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!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McKayJanuary 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The new Smoked BBQ Pork sandwich was a great change-of-pace.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SimonAugust 17, 2012
    All is great here must eat
  • Chi-Town N.
    Chi-Town NistaJune 4, 2012
    First time there & can't wait to go time I'm bringing my own sauce.
  • Mitch E.
    Mitch ElatkinApril 14, 2012
    I can have a beef sandwich from here everyday! The best BBQ in Illinois.
  • Phil W.
    Phil WarnerApril 13, 2012
    Great bbq beef sandwich
  • Tina B.
    Tina BeeMarch 22, 2012
    Food was bland in my opinion. BBQ sauce was just ok. Don't get the hype. Heard this place was the s**t, maybe it used to be....
  • Scott S.
    Scott SaxFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The beef sandwiches are the most famous here. Make sure you get a bottle of the famous BBQ sauce to take home.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SizemoreOctober 9, 2011
    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.
  • James B.
    James BurrellOctober 7, 2011
    Food is good. Some days they do really good at not scorching the meat.
  • Steve V.
    Steve VinguaSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The best beef sandwich, pour on the sauce too.
  • Ajaii Knight A.
    Ajaii Knight AlemanSeptember 16, 2011
    Ribtipz are mmmmm omgezzzzz
  • Enrique V.
    Enrique VasquezAugust 16, 2011
    OMG the Rib's are the bomb diggity!
  • Khristofer V.
    Khristofer VicencioJune 21, 2011
    I like the beef sandwiches :-)
  • Khristofer V.
    Khristofer VicencioJune 18, 2011
    Beef sandwich
  • kristin d.
    kristin difrancoApril 17, 2011
    Bbq beef is amazing!
  • SingletonsaysVO V.
    The ribs were ok at best. Fries were flat & very cold. You should also get the option of putting the sauce on your own meal. Just saying....
  • Marc H.
    Marc HooksSeptember 21, 2010
    Buy there bbq sauce.... Best in america!
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AriolaSeptember 18, 2010
    Their pork is amazing! Their bbq sauce is the best! I love their mushrooms and my hubby loves their mac and cheese wedges... This place is like, the greatest...
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole ScilingoAugust 16, 2010
    The pork sandwiches are a classic... and of course, you have to buy a bottle of their killer sauce!
  • Joey G.
    Joey GreaseJuly 12, 2010
    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!
  • Steve V.
    Steve VinguaMay 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the beef sandwiches. Always get BBQ sauce to take home. Has been around for generations and has always been great. A classic Chicago stop.
  • Dawn C.
    Dawn ConroyMarch 17, 2010
    They now have strawberry and banana flavored shakes. I never thought I'd see the day.
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