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Bandana's Barbecue

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308 S 44th St, Mount Vernon, IL 62864-6700
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Greencastle, Pennsylvania
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127 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love bandanas. I've been to this location three times and the service and food are always excellent. Clean place. Great barbecue. All the sauces you can try are a bonus if you're a sauce person.

Thank Mandy S
Baltimore, Maryland
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169 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Don't know about the locals, but if you're going to bother with draught beer, wouldn't you have more than TWO? I started out with a good impression of the place after smelling smoke in the air in the parking lot. Then I read the menu and found only vague descriptions of "pork" or "beef". Really? What are you serving? That... More 

Thank DayTripDude
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

"Best..." according to our cousin who lives in nearby Waltonville. We definitely enjoyed it. They have two sizes of meal - lunch and dinner. We found the lunch portions to be plenty. There were 6 choices of BBQ sauce, which was fun to try.

Thank Kathy W
Mankato, Minnesota
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Super 8 next door and walked here for supper. The waitstaff are friendly, the food was good. They have beer and very limited wine selection, no full bar. This type of BBQ is a little more dry, but there are plenty of sauce choices right at the table. We were a group of 3 who each... More 

Thank mnwels
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111 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

The BBQ here is good. I had ribs and chicken. The ribs were tender and not falling off the bone. The chicken was flavorful and juicy. My wife had a pulled pork sandwich. Need to add a bit of sauce. Fortunately they have several types of sauce on the table. They have numerous sides to choose from. Portions are large... More 

Thank Don C
Bartlett, Tennessee
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We ate here while on a road trip from Chicago to Memphis. The food is awesome here. Love the charcoal smell. You can actually smell the smoke in food.

Thank Pratinav
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119 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

They have fantastic BBQ at a reasonable price. I miss the $5.00 lunch specials, but was still able to order without breaking the bank. The chicken is so moist and delicious.

Thank MTB-Illinois
Saint Louis, Missouri
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The location is right on 15 at I57, but it's a little SE from the intersection so it's easy to miss if you're not looking here on TA..

Thank Lee L
Campbellsville, Kentucky
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Decent BBQ and good portion size but the service is slow and inattentive. For no more people eating there they had at least 15 people working. There were five tables taken while I was there. Not sure why they're so overstaffed but the service isn't great considering how many people are working there.

Thank DoubleB65
Southern Illinois
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Carry out food on this visit - hot and delicious! Prompt - it was ready soon after I arrived to pick up. Would recommend this restaurant to travelers.

Thank MommaKath

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 S 44th St, Mount Vernon, IL 62864-6700
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mount Vernon

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