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Pauly's BBQ

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310 E Columbia St, Arthur, IL 61911-1402
+1 217-543-2400
10:30 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Sullivan, Illinois
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pretty good food, not the cheapest though. Make sure you read the menu before ordering. Mostly sandwiches and side orders to go with them.

Thank meandje
Mattoon, Illinois
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92 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place looks like a little dive or hole in the wall, but it as the best smoked pork around. The HoBo potatoes are to die for as well as the very sweet corn bread. Tastes almost like cake.

Thank idclaire
Effingham, Illinois
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

It's a small place, so you might have to wait for a seat. Totally worth it! I haven't had anything here that wasn't fantastic.

Thank carbetsto
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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141 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 15 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
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?