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Shemwell's Barbecue Downtown

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1102 Washington Ave, Cairo, IL 62914-2048
+1 618-734-0165
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07:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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Sikeston, Missouri
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45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband likes the BBQ, I love the Catfish. It is always a win win for good food and service. Thank you !!

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A must stop for Pork BBQ, served hot and delish on a bun or toast. The smoke cooking is still done with Hickory, as it has been done for over 50 years.

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Good local food. They have beef pork chicken, and fish. Call ahead if you want brisket they usually run out pretty early. It's a small place it's been around for a long time and for good reason

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Sikeston, Missouri
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45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We have been there many times and Love the BBQ and Catfish We have never had a bad meal there, and service. A must try if your in the area.

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1 Thank 4wheaties
Cairo, Illinois
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Has a great variety of food the barbecue pork/ beef/ and turkey is really good they have the best onion rings I've tasted also the staff of young ladies are nice

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Newport, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

At the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers lies the almost deserted town of Cairo, Illinois of Huckleberry Finn fame. Although the town is almost gone, the food at Shemwell's is still mighty good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

I live 30 miles away, eat bbq all over the south, even lived in MS for awhile. Hands down, Shemwell's is my favorite. My brother comes home and never, ever misses going to get at least one bbq. They've been there for years, and will be there much longer. No yuppie stuff, no garlic butter on the bread, it's not... More 

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1 Thank Jess M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The epitome of a small town restaurant! Kitsch without having to work at it. The food was fabulous with large portions, friendly service, and surrounded by locals. Cairo might as well be the South when it comes to BBQ excellence and Shemwell's doesn't disappoint. Can't remember but I think they only take cash.

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Thank Jay M
Greenwood, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We were very disappointed. No real turkey, you can't serve smoked lunch meat and they serve 3 day old pork shoulders.

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Thank StPaul82
Aiken
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

I've always smelled and passed Shemwells while I'm working in the area. I finally got on here and read some reviews and decided to try it since it seemed pretty good through the reviews.... they are right. This is a great small town BBQ place that's appears to do things right. To me bar b que places aren't suppose to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Barbecue, American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 19:00
Saturday
07:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1102 Washington Ave, Cairo, IL 62914-2048
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Cairo
  • Phone Number: +1 618-734-0165

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