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Shemwell's Barbecue Downtown

1102 Washington Ave, Cairo, IL 62914-2048
+1 618-734-0165
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“bread” (5 reviews)
“catfish” (2 reviews)
“great bbq” (2 reviews)
Closes in 2 min
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
1102 Washington Ave, Cairo, IL 62914-2048
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I love this place I grew up eating here and it has been the same every time I have been in here over the past 30 years. It is a must try if you are in the area you will not be disappointed.

Thank scottcL2964SW
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We used to visit this place everytime we were close to Cairo. Special trips would be made to go there. When the Shemwell's had it, it was a great place. We're told it is now under new ownership and you can tell. The staff are...More

1  Thank IllinoisCardinalFan
Reviewed 5 March 2017

My husband love's shemwell's, i haven't ever really liked their barbecue, would usually get a hamburger. Recently when we went, I decided to try the shrimp and it was tasty. Went back last week and they were out of shrimp, so needless to say, I...More

Thank proimageteamil
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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

Thank 4wheaties
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.

1  Thank jimblakemore2
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

1  Thank bluto359
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.

1  Thank 4wheaties
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

1  Thank grandma212
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.

1  Thank Fezlo
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...More

1  Thank Jess M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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