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Clay's Popeye's Bar-B-Que

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1121 South Grand Ave. East, Springfield, IL 62703
+1 217-522-0386
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11:00 - 18:00
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Athens
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Was in town wanted some bbq, my family and I stopped in and we enjoyed everything we got everyone got something different

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Thank Yolanda P
Petersburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a very non-formal restaurant, if you come in a few times they start calling you by name. It's a family run business, and that comes through from the start. It's a wet Bar-B-Que, with temperature ranges from mild to their famous Blazing Heifer sauce. I would warn those people who think they can take hot food to work... More 

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Thank Tedd W
Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

A great place for BBQ, especially considering the price. For just a few bucks, you get a pile of meat, bread, a side, and a drink. Great sauces, quick service, and plenty of seats round out the experience. On your first trip, you can easily see how this place earned, and keeps, its reputation as a Springfield staple.

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Thank Joseph B
Riverton, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

I've been eating at Popeye's Bar-B-Que since it was originally opened by Benson "Popeye" Jones, and I've never been disappointed!

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Thank jeanaff
Springfield, Illinois
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

Showed up at noon was only 2 people in place eating. Got a soda and couldn't drink it tasted bad. To bad it was the best and portion would fill you up not no more. The sauce is good. Won't go back.

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Thank earl r
Springfield, Illinois
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132 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

I have lived here all my life and have always heard of Popeyes bbq. Their hours always made it a bit diffucult to catch them open, but finally managed to try it. I was expecting fall off the bone tender ribs and these were not, so I was a bit disappointed. I can say now I've tried them, but probably... More 

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Thank KittyandFelix
illinois
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90 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

My family and I have eaten there so many times. Never had a bad meal. Always good service and friendly folks who work there. The lunch special with beef tips, and pork is my favorite. The sauce is always the same; delicious. The sides, potato salad, slaw, and baked beans, are the best. My favorite is the potato salad because... More 

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Thank oxfordcook
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

I was visiting the area and extensively searched for a BBQ restaurant. Based on the reviews, we went and it wasn't as expected. In a nutshell, if you are looking for BBQ that reflects that Chicago flare, this place has lost it's spark. According, to one of the locals, it has undergone a change in management over the years. My... More 

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Kincaid, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

This place has been around for sometime, and BBQ is their game, Pulled pork, Chicken and ribs, rib tips, and sausage. I have eaten there more times than I can count and have Never had a bad meal, the people that run and own it are great and try their best to please the customer. Clean as a pin, you... More 

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Thank Toney L
Battlefield, MO
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

Looking for a good hometown BBQ place and found good reviews on Popeye's so decided to give it a try. It was very good! We ordered the ribs! They were awesome! For $12 you get about 7 or 8 bones and coleslaw. Lots of reviews talked about the friendly staff so my expectations may have been a little high. It... More 

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Thank MamaHuHot

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 18:00
Thursday
11:00 - 18:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1121 South Grand Ave. East, Springfield, IL 62703
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: +1 217-522-0386

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?