Barbecue Joint

★★★★☆

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This place has one of the best vinegar-based BBQ in the area. The atmosphere isn't much, and it is way out near Timberlyne Shopping Center. But, the food is great, the hot sauce is amazing, and the green beans or sprouts cooked with bacon are to die for!

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★★★★☆

This place has one of the best vinegar-based BBQ in the area. The atmosphere isn't much, and it is way out near Timberlyne Shopping Center. But, the food is great, the hot sauce is amazing, and the green beans or sprouts cooked with bacon are to die for!

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My dad lured my entire family here last weekend instead of our usual sushi lunch. It's not exactly the cleanest, most organized restaurant, so it had my mom and I a little worried. However, I ordered their chili, brussell sprouts, and collards and it was delicious!!!! Everyone else ordered barbecue and cleaned their plates! I should also mention they have quite the menu and it changes daily according to veggies that apparently come in fresh!!! Definitely a plus! I'll be back for sure!

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★★★★☆

My dad lured my entire family here last weekend instead of our usual sushi lunch. It's not exactly the cleanest, most organized restaurant, so it had my mom and I a little worried. However, I ordered their chili, brussell sprouts, and collards and it was delicious!!!! Everyone else ordered barbecue and cleaned their plates! I should also mention they have quite the menu and it changes daily according to veggies that apparently come in fresh!!! Definitely a plus! I'll be back for sure!

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Tender BBQ, but no smoke. Poor vinegar sauce, the "pickles" were more like cucumbers with vinegar sprinkled on them. Who serves pickles with BBQ anyway? The cornbread was cake like, but not sweet, makes you wonder if they use cornmeal. The hushpuppies at $4 extra were overcooked and greasy. It's cozy only if small is the only criteria for cozy. If so yes, it's cozy. This place made me remember where I was...chapel hill. And I don't mean that in a good way. An embarrassment to NC BBQ.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tender BBQ, but no smoke. Poor vinegar sauce, the "pickles" were more like cucumbers with vinegar sprinkled on them. Who serves pickles with BBQ anyway? The cornbread was cake like, but not sweet, makes you wonder if they use cornmeal. The hushpuppies at $4 extra were overcooked and greasy. It's cozy only if small is the only criteria for cozy. If so yes, it's cozy. This place made me remember where I was...chapel hill. And I don't mean that in a good way. An embarrassment to NC BBQ.

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I have recently dined at the Barbecue Joint. I also have read the prior reviews of this establishment. I can only say that those rave reviews must have been written by the staff, because the food my family was served deserved none of the praise.

I was looking forward to some nice brisket. They don't serve it at the Barbecue Joint, nice brisket that is. They do serve brisket, but their version doesn't come close to decent. The brisket appeared to be pre-cut, doused with sauce and then zapped in the microwave. I don't think I have had brisket quite that bad before. Any establishment that re-warms a main course in a microwave does not deserve to stay in business. The process drives away any moisture left in the food and gives it a very distinctive taste and mouth feel. Yuck!

The (taters), were greasy limp and just warm. Yuck! They also tasted like they were fried up in the same fryer as everything else. The hush puppies were about as bland as you could get. They were fried just fine, but they had no taste. They were not worth the space they take up. The slaw was also very bland. The baked beans were alright, but certainly were not exceptional.

My daughter was looking forward to the barbecued catfish that (Rachel Ray) had touted on her visit to the JOINT. All I can say is Rachel must have brought her own. The version we were served was quite soggy and appeared to have been pre-cooked and had been sitting. Yuck x 2!

The prior reviews simply did not reflect reality. To say that we were very disappointed with our visit would be and understatement. How this establishment has kept people coming in the door is beyond comprehension. Customers must have simply come in based on the prior reviews.

By the way, I have been to Allen and Sons also. Their food is equally as poor in pizzaz & quality. Again, the Triangle is a vast wasteland of poor barbecue and overuse of vinegar. Wise up.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have recently dined at the Barbecue Joint. I also have read the prior reviews of this establishment. I can only say that those rave reviews must have been written by the staff, because the food my family was served deserved none of the praise.

I was looking forward to some nice brisket. They don't serve it at the Barbecue Joint, nice brisket that is. They do serve brisket, but their version doesn't come close to decent. The brisket appeared to be pre-cut, doused with sauce and then zapped in the microwave. I don't think I have had brisket quite that bad before. Any establishment that re-warms a main course in a microwave does not deserve to stay in business. The process drives away any moisture left in the food and gives it a very distinctive taste and mouth feel. Yuck!

The (taters), were greasy limp and just warm. Yuck! They also tasted like they were fried up in the same fryer as everything else. The hush puppies were about as bland as you could get. They were fried just fine, but they had no taste. They were not worth the space they take up. The slaw was also very bland. The baked beans were alright, but certainly were not exceptional.

My daughter was looking forward to the barbecued catfish that (Rachel Ray) had touted on her visit to the JOINT. All I can say is Rachel must have brought her own. The version we were served was quite soggy and appeared to have been pre-cooked and had been sitting. Yuck x 2!

The prior reviews simply did not reflect reality. To say that we were very disappointed with our visit would be and understatement. How this establishment has kept people coming in the door is beyond comprehension. Customers must have simply come in based on the prior reviews.

By the way, I have been to Allen and Sons also. Their food is equally as poor in pizzaz & quality. Again, the Triangle is a vast wasteland of poor barbecue and overuse of vinegar. Wise up.

Pros: GOOD EXAMPLE OF BAD FOOD

Cons: BAD EXAMPLE OF GOOD FOOD

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cozy little place(for now) moving to a larger resturant in 2-4 months. b-b-que is prepared very well,not gressy,plenty to eat,sides are fresh. variety of the menu is excellant. gumbo to q to fishan all is well prepared. nice selection of beers and beverages.

4
★★★★☆

cozy little place(for now) moving to a larger resturant in 2-4 months. b-b-que is prepared very well,not gressy,plenty to eat,sides are fresh. variety of the menu is excellant. gumbo to q to fishan all is well prepared. nice selection of beers and beverages.

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My lunch partner swears by the barbecue platter here, but I never order without checking what's cooking today. Recently, I had an excellent meal of boudin and tongue, a platter you'd have a hard time finding north of Lafayette, La. Yesterday, it was a large bowl of Brunswick Stew. And the gumbo is uniformly delicious.
I've eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Truly, one of the great food finds, and food bargains, in the Triangle.

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★★★★★

My lunch partner swears by the barbecue platter here, but I never order without checking what's cooking today. Recently, I had an excellent meal of boudin and tongue, a platter you'd have a hard time finding north of Lafayette, La. Yesterday, it was a large bowl of Brunswick Stew. And the gumbo is uniformly delicious.
I've eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Truly, one of the great food finds, and food bargains, in the Triangle.

Pros: Variety and originality of the menu. Quality of the preparation.

Cons: A bit out of the way, but that will be fixed in 2009

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The Triangle is a BBQ desert in the middle of the BBQ oasis of North Carolina. There are very few places for BBQ in the Triangle worthy of NC's reputation in the craft of the porcine ambrosia. The BBQ joint is the best and is a decent example of Eastern style BBQ. The BBQ is moist, smokey, and importantly, consistent from visit to visit. It definitely passes the "needs no sauce" test. The sides are gourmet quality, especially the brussel sprouts with homemade smoked bacon. The menu has a wide selection which varies daily. Other high points are desserts such as sweet potato bread pudding with bourbon cream sauce.

I don't know what to make of the following two reviews other than they must from the gustatorily challenged. Perhaps it is part of a campaign, for there is another BBQ place not far down the road which in the last year has hired a PR agent to do things like get them listed in GQ as "best BBQ restaurant in America," despite the fact that they serve dried out bacon every other day in place of BBQ. When that place even bothers to open, that is, as I find them closed seemingly randomly both at lunch and dinner during prime days of the week. Newcomers to the area often read such propaganda for hire and recycle it as if it makes them a BBQ expert. It most assuredly does not.

I also don't know what to make of the editorial review which cites slow service. The BBQ Joint is self-service. You order at a counter. Most of the food is pre-prepared. The food is dished up and delivered to you at the counter as you order it.

About the only criticism to be made of the BBQ joint is that, for purists, they aren't a "log burner." That is, the BBQ Joint's product is made in gas fired cookers which generate indirect smoke by heating a box for the wood. The gas fumes and exhaust do not make contact with the BBQ itself, however. The BBQ is slow cooked by wood smoke and is exceedingly flavorful for those with taste buds intact.

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★★★★★

The Triangle is a BBQ desert in the middle of the BBQ oasis of North Carolina. There are very few places for BBQ in the Triangle worthy of NC's reputation in the craft of the porcine ambrosia. The BBQ joint is the best and is a decent example of Eastern style BBQ. The BBQ is moist, smokey, and importantly, consistent from visit to visit. It definitely passes the "needs no sauce" test. The sides are gourmet quality, especially the brussel sprouts with homemade smoked bacon. The menu has a wide selection which varies daily. Other high points are desserts such as sweet potato bread pudding with bourbon cream sauce.

I don't know what to make of the following two reviews other than they must from the gustatorily challenged. Perhaps it is part of a campaign, for there is another BBQ place not far down the road which in the last year has hired a PR agent to do things like get them listed in GQ as "best BBQ restaurant in America," despite the fact that they serve dried out bacon every other day in place of BBQ. When that place even bothers to open, that is, as I find them closed seemingly randomly both at lunch and dinner during prime days of the week. Newcomers to the area often read such propaganda for hire and recycle it as if it makes them a BBQ expert. It most assuredly does not.

I also don't know what to make of the editorial review which cites slow service. The BBQ Joint is self-service. You order at a counter. Most of the food is pre-prepared. The food is dished up and delivered to you at the counter as you order it.

About the only criticism to be made of the BBQ joint is that, for purists, they aren't a "log burner." That is, the BBQ Joint's product is made in gas fired cookers which generate indirect smoke by heating a box for the wood. The gas fumes and exhaust do not make contact with the BBQ itself, however. The BBQ is slow cooked by wood smoke and is exceedingly flavorful for those with taste buds intact.

Pros: Great Eastern NC BBQ

Cons: Not purist BBQ

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I went to the BBQ joint with two friends. We ordered a selection of dishes, including the BBQ pork, cornbread, hush puppies, coleslaw, pickles. The staff could not have been more helpful and accomodating, but the food was beneath contempt. The pulled pork had not a whiff of smoke savour, while the hushpuppies' chief flavour-note was library paste. The only highlight of the meal was the pickled cucumbers--lightly sweet, tangy and fresh. The cornbread was good, but not outstanding. There are much better alternatives in the Triangle, including the Q-Shack and Allen & Son. Avoid this place!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to the BBQ joint with two friends. We ordered a selection of dishes, including the BBQ pork, cornbread, hush puppies, coleslaw, pickles. The staff could not have been more helpful and accomodating, but the food was beneath contempt. The pulled pork had not a whiff of smoke savour, while the hushpuppies' chief flavour-note was library paste. The only highlight of the meal was the pickled cucumbers--lightly sweet, tangy and fresh. The cornbread was good, but not outstanding. There are much better alternatives in the Triangle, including the Q-Shack and Allen & Son. Avoid this place!

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: ...but given the execrable quality of the food, still overpriced

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If you like terrible food and service in a dingy restaurant, this is the place for you. The food is inconsistent with odd flavors and the employees are more concerned with what is on TV than getting out your food. Visiting this establishment will test your patients and your stomach. Don?t say you weren?t warned!

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★☆☆☆☆

If you like terrible food and service in a dingy restaurant, this is the place for you. The food is inconsistent with odd flavors and the employees are more concerned with what is on TV than getting out your food. Visiting this establishment will test your patients and your stomach. Don?t say you weren?t warned!

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The BBQ Joint is one of my absolute favorite places to not eat BBQ. Their crabcakes are wonderful, their ribs, excellent, their BBQ chicken, outstanding. Their sides (especially sprouts, beer-baked beans, and collards) are equally delicious and they often have great deserts.

The BBQ: iffy at best. Too tough, too much gristle, too little seasoning. I'd eat it before I went to Allen&Son's or Danny's BBQ, but there's so many better items on the menu that I've never had to make that decision.

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★★★★☆

The BBQ Joint is one of my absolute favorite places to not eat BBQ. Their crabcakes are wonderful, their ribs, excellent, their BBQ chicken, outstanding. Their sides (especially sprouts, beer-baked beans, and collards) are equally delicious and they often have great deserts.

The BBQ: iffy at best. Too tough, too much gristle, too little seasoning. I'd eat it before I went to Allen&Son's or Danny's BBQ, but there's so many better items on the menu that I've never had to make that decision.

Pros: Great (non-BBQ) food, Fast Service, Expansive Menu, Fresh Ingredients

Cons: A bit pricy, They Run out of food sometimes

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Great food at times. We like the barbecue. The vegetables were a screaming buy when the place first opened, at $1.50. At $3, some are still worth it. The Spanish speaking workers are well intentioned; the owners are totally energetic, but some of the native USA white staff is less than enthusiastic.

2
★★★★★

Great food at times. We like the barbecue. The vegetables were a screaming buy when the place first opened, at $1.50. At $3, some are still worth it. The Spanish speaking workers are well intentioned; the owners are totally energetic, but some of the native USA white staff is less than enthusiastic.

Pros: Easy parking

Cons: Closed Sunday -- but that's ok.

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The BBQ is outstanding, but the sides are even better-- cheese grits, baked beans, brussel sprouts in garlic and bacon (see Rachel Ray's review). Slow service? Not any of the two dozen times we've been there.

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★★★★★

The BBQ is outstanding, but the sides are even better-- cheese grits, baked beans, brussel sprouts in garlic and bacon (see Rachel Ray's review). Slow service? Not any of the two dozen times we've been there.

Pros: Outstanding BBQ, wonderful side dishes

Cons: Off the beaten path, can be crowded

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A casual restaurant which not only serves decent barbecue (not the best I've had, but pretty good), but really excellent sides. The fried squash was made to order and the best I've ever had - perfectly cooked slices of squash with shatteringly crisp shell, with a little thyme and kosher salt. The cole slaw was flavorful and crunchy without being runny/watery. The hush puppies were good - perfectly fried without being greasy. They also serve some great salads and other entrees, a little more variety than the typical barbecue place. I like the barbecue - but I prefer a little more fatty meat - this barbecue is pretty lean and not as tender as I like. Overall, I'm looking forward to my next visit there!

2
★★★★☆

A casual restaurant which not only serves decent barbecue (not the best I've had, but pretty good), but really excellent sides. The fried squash was made to order and the best I've ever had - perfectly cooked slices of squash with shatteringly crisp shell, with a little thyme and kosher salt. The cole slaw was flavorful and crunchy without being runny/watery. The hush puppies were good - perfectly fried without being greasy. They also serve some great salads and other entrees, a little more variety than the typical barbecue place. I like the barbecue - but I prefer a little more fatty meat - this barbecue is pretty lean and not as tender as I like. Overall, I'm looking forward to my next visit there!

Pros: Awesome sides

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I am one of those rare people (I guess) that is not crazy about BBQ, however, my husband loves it and loves this place. I recently discovered that their gumbo is FABULOUS, and addictive! I love the tender morsels of their smoked chicken and they're not afraid to make it HOT! The sweet tea is perfect and the guys behind the counter are happy, I would even say PROUD to talk about their food. So don't be afraid if you're not a big BBQ fan - they have many other delicious offerings.

2
★★★★★

I am one of those rare people (I guess) that is not crazy about BBQ, however, my husband loves it and loves this place. I recently discovered that their gumbo is FABULOUS, and addictive! I love the tender morsels of their smoked chicken and they're not afraid to make it HOT! The sweet tea is perfect and the guys behind the counter are happy, I would even say PROUD to talk about their food. So don't be afraid if you're not a big BBQ fan - they have many other delicious offerings.

Pros: not just BBQ, excellent food, excellent service

Cons: not cheap, not fancy

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We were a little wary due to it's location (not in business area), but we were WOWED when we went. The guys behind the counter were very nice to explain how to order and we were very pleased to get a seat. If you go during peak times, I hear it is difficult to get a table, but don't get dismayed. If there isn't a table available, get the food to go. It is so worth it! We both got the ribs. There was so much food and it was so wonderful, it was hard to stop eating when we got full! I wish we lived closer, because I think we would be frequent customers!

2
★★★★★

We were a little wary due to it's location (not in business area), but we were WOWED when we went. The guys behind the counter were very nice to explain how to order and we were very pleased to get a seat. If you go during peak times, I hear it is difficult to get a table, but don't get dismayed. If there isn't a table available, get the food to go. It is so worth it! We both got the ribs. There was so much food and it was so wonderful, it was hard to stop eating when we got full! I wish we lived closer, because I think we would be frequent customers!

Pros: tasty food, good service, bargain

Cons: too far from home

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Though crowded (Sat night), we were served quite promptly. The food was great; the missus loved the Q; I am a vegetarian and highly recommend the Eggplant muffaletta (sp.?). Delicious, filling and great value for $$. Oh ... and the corn bread is the best we've ever had. When I mentioned that to one of the guys, he went out of his way to pack some for us to take home .. free! Highly recommend.

2
★★★★★

Though crowded (Sat night), we were served quite promptly. The food was great; the missus loved the Q; I am a vegetarian and highly recommend the Eggplant muffaletta (sp.?). Delicious, filling and great value for $$. Oh ... and the corn bread is the best we've ever had. When I mentioned that to one of the guys, he went out of his way to pack some for us to take home .. free! Highly recommend.

Pros: Great food, Great value

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I grew up in North Carolina and know barbecue and have traveled in France extensively. I'm a great admirer of Wilson County Q and of our own Allen & Sons, but this beats all. The best Q I've ever had, along with the fixins. And the rest of the menu is extremely well prepared and a great mix of French bistro, down home food, and New Orleans cookery. The atmosphere is funky and fun, the service sometimes great, sometimes just OK, the servings are enormous. I go to France or Italy for this kind of experience. The value is enormous - both in the pocket and in the tummy.

2
★★★★★

I grew up in North Carolina and know barbecue and have traveled in France extensively. I'm a great admirer of Wilson County Q and of our own Allen & Sons, but this beats all. The best Q I've ever had, along with the fixins. And the rest of the menu is extremely well prepared and a great mix of French bistro, down home food, and New Orleans cookery. The atmosphere is funky and fun, the service sometimes great, sometimes just OK, the servings are enormous. I go to France or Italy for this kind of experience. The value is enormous - both in the pocket and in the tummy.

Pros: Delicious, Inexpensive, Adventurous

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The value at The Joint cannot be overstated. I rarely have room for dessert as the portions, lunch or dinner, are quite large. A downside is that with the everchanging menu, sometimes you see something you'd like to try but it's gone by your next visit. The gumbos are excellent (and excellent values as well).

2
★★★★★

The value at The Joint cannot be overstated. I rarely have room for dessert as the portions, lunch or dinner, are quite large. A downside is that with the everchanging menu, sometimes you see something you'd like to try but it's gone by your next visit. The gumbos are excellent (and excellent values as well).

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The half roasted chicken is finger licking good and at $8-$9 is a really good deal. The barbecue is smoky and cheaper and comes out faster than it's local competition. The sides are really good too. It's nice to have some healthy options at a southern barbecue joint. Oh, and the desserts are to die for- real banana pudding, bread pudding, and their chess pies are real good. One of my favorite places in the area.

2
★★★★★

The half roasted chicken is finger licking good and at $8-$9 is a really good deal. The barbecue is smoky and cheaper and comes out faster than it's local competition. The sides are really good too. It's nice to have some healthy options at a southern barbecue joint. Oh, and the desserts are to die for- real banana pudding, bread pudding, and their chess pies are real good. One of my favorite places in the area.

Pros: Easy access, Quick, Inexpensive

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If it weren't called The Barbecue Joint, it would be a tolerable spot, with a range of food for all tastes. But I believe you'd better serve some decent 'que if you put the lovely word in your name, and this joint serves a bland, soggy, unimpressive and overpriced plate. If you want real 'que, do yourself a favor and head up the road a couple miles to Allen and Son. On the other hand, if you want to pretend you like barbecue while sipping an import, then drop by The Barbecue Joint.

1
★★☆☆☆

If it weren't called The Barbecue Joint, it would be a tolerable spot, with a range of food for all tastes. But I believe you'd better serve some decent 'que if you put the lovely word in your name, and this joint serves a bland, soggy, unimpressive and overpriced plate. If you want real 'que, do yourself a favor and head up the road a couple miles to Allen and Son. On the other hand, if you want to pretend you like barbecue while sipping an import, then drop by The Barbecue Joint.

Pros: Wide range of food, Beer served, Friendly staff

Cons: Lousy bbq!, Need I say more

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Quite a disappointment after positive critical reviews here and in local newspapers--did the staff know that food critics were visiting? While the barbecue was tasty, the portions were extremely small. Plus, my fiance` found a hair in her salad. The atmosphere was weird and the prices are high considering it's almost a fast-food type place (read: order at the counter, pick up your food, get your own drinks, bus your own table). The Barbecue Joint is at the bottom of the Triangle's barbecue restaurant list.

1
★★☆☆☆

Quite a disappointment after positive critical reviews here and in local newspapers--did the staff know that food critics were visiting? While the barbecue was tasty, the portions were extremely small. Plus, my fiance` found a hair in her salad. The atmosphere was weird and the prices are high considering it's almost a fast-food type place (read: order at the counter, pick up your food, get your own drinks, bus your own table). The Barbecue Joint is at the bottom of the Triangle's barbecue restaurant list.

Pros: Barbecue taste

Cons: Cleanliness, Portion size, Taste

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I would not eat at this place again. My roast chicken was underdone as was my compainions. The spinach was overcooked and not hot. For almost $9.00, I can do better somewhere else

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★☆☆☆☆

I would not eat at this place again. My roast chicken was underdone as was my compainions. The spinach was overcooked and not hot. For almost $9.00, I can do better somewhere else

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Service was lackadaisical and the food was below average. Allen & Son is just a few miles away, why put up with mediocre BBQ?

1
★★☆☆☆

Service was lackadaisical and the food was below average. Allen & Son is just a few miles away, why put up with mediocre BBQ?

Pros: parking

Cons: slow service, poor food

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This place has the best crabcake sandwich around. Definitely best to hit after the lunch rush to assure a good seat and decent parking.

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★★★★☆

This place has the best crabcake sandwich around. Definitely best to hit after the lunch rush to assure a good seat and decent parking.

Pros: Good food

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Get you some chopped barbeque served the traditional way, but that's the only thing traditional about the Barbeque Joint. This place has the best barbeque this side of Wilbur's on US 70. Their changing menu items include salads, veggies, and fish. All are fresh, inventive, and well prepared. I especially liked the spicy peanuts in my salad!

2
★★★★☆

Get you some chopped barbeque served the traditional way, but that's the only thing traditional about the Barbeque Joint. This place has the best barbeque this side of Wilbur's on US 70. Their changing menu items include salads, veggies, and fish. All are fresh, inventive, and well prepared. I especially liked the spicy peanuts in my salad!

Pros: good barbeque, fresh appealing food, changing menu

Cons: no hushpuppies, dining area

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In location--and expectation--this cozy barbecue spot is perfection. The ordering line stays full of families and suits and skirts, each picking up supper on the way home. Inside, booths line the front windows--but…

 

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