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Bandana's Barbecue

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308 S 44th St, Mount Vernon, IL 62864-6700
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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237 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten at 4 different Bandana's BBQ locations and this one in Mt Vernon, IL is as good as they get. They are consistently very good. Great portions, like the BBQ sauce options, and the variety of sides. The service was excellent!

Thank Psyprof51
Carbondale, Illinois
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A few weeks ago, I took all my employees out to lunch for our yearly Christmas party. We're a large group, which can be difficult for many restaurants to accommodate at busy serving times. No need to worry about this Bandanas, they got you! I was so impressed with the management and service we received, even before we walked through... More 

Thank emyork14
Wauconda, Illinois
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124 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for BBQ dinner. I tried the one in Carbondale and it was great. This place was different....🤔 first there was no BBQ smoke in the air so I wounder if they even had a smoker there? The food was not like the Carbondale place. It tastes more like fast food not slow cooked BBQ. Disappointed for me. Service... More 

Thank Rex M
Naples, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had pulled pork and ribs. Food was over cooked. Ribs heavily smoked. Fair value. Service was good. We ate here based on reviews, but I think I would try somewhere else on my next trip through the area.

Thank LisaG1509lmgm
Middletown, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the smell of BBQ when we walked in. Food came out pretty quick. Everything was good. I personally just didn't like the potato salad.. it tasted relishy. Coleslaw, greenbeans, pulled pork, ribs & garlic bread were delish!

Thank koabraveone
Roscoe, Illinois
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105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't normally review chain restaurants but I'll make an exception for Bandana's Barbecue. We were traveling home from a motor-coach tour and our Tour Mgr. stopped here for lunch. Our group was small and Bandana's accommodated us wonderfully. The waitress explained all of the menu items perfectly. The four seated at our table all ordered something different and enjoyed... More 

Thank Duane B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This was my first visit to this Bandana's location. I found it while traveling today and it was up to the same great quality of food and service that I have enjoyed at other Bandana's. I love the options for sides--had an very nicely cooked baked potato today. I really like their house made potato salad and slaw, but had... More 

Thank Paula K
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
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128 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 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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170 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 26 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

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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, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
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?