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Pauly's BBQ

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310 E Columbia St, Arthur, IL 61911-1402
+1 217-543-2400
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Warrensburg, Il
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The meat is cooked outside on a big spit and is Fabulous! The place is small and VERY busy especially on weekends so go early or be prepared to wait.

Thank Linda H
Fairmount, Illinois
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I probably return but not make special. trip.. It wasn't as good I thought it be .it's pretty small inside .

Thank msvickie1953
Espoo, Finland
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124 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

There didn't seem to be very interesting restaurant options in Arthur so we chose Pauly's, which was nice. The food was average and the people working there nice but the place could use a cleaning every once in a while...

Thank Nora T
Omaha, Nebraska
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

This is a great hole in the wall BBQ restaurant that is a must stop if you're in the neighborhood! The service was great and the food was delicious! To top it all off, the prices were very reasonable! It was very family friendly too!

Thank ImInNE
Tuscola, Illinois
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

While everyone in the area raves about Yoders and the Country Kitchen in Chesterville, Pauly's gets my vote vote for best food in Douglas County! Excellent Barbeque, some of the best ribs around, a diverse menu, and some down home country fixins make this little place a great place to eat. Maybe not quite 5 star but definitely 4.5. (Dinner... More 

Thank Geoff S
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

The smoked pork barbecue was excellent, with plenty of extra barbecue sauce available on the side, both regular and hot. Loved the potatoes - the flavor was delicious. And the baked beans were heavenly.... I think I screwed my diet for a month, but it was worth it. Homey, small town feeling - good service, family oriented. Definitely a thumbs... More 

Thank loongirl
Chicago Suburbs
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

We have gone to Pauly's twice a year for at least seven years. Something has changed. The ribs are NOT baby back ribs--so expect harder meat and not even close to fall of the bone like it used to be. Sweet potato and slaw were great--but the ribs were fibrous. Nice and hot--I am sure just fresh. But maybe the... More 

Thank sellinglikecrazy
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

It's a family favorite and it never disappoints. Great smoked pork! Good value for the money too. Great rural, small town atmosphere.

Thank Virginia J
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

It's really good. Amish like it too! Service good and homey, friendly atmosphere. Easy drive from Decatur or Champaign.

Thank Byrdlegges
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

My husband and I love BBQ and just returned from a trip to Kansas City which has some of the best. We were riding our motorcycle and decided to check out this local spot. SO glad we did!! The waitress was super friendly and the service was very fast. I had the pulled pork sandwich with mac & cheese and... More 

Thank Kathy D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 310 E Columbia St, Arthur, IL 61911-1402
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Arthur
  • Phone Number: +1 217-543-2400

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