Russell Street Bar-B-Que

★★★★★
Old-fashioned barbecue with lots of sauces heats up Northeast.
  • 325 NE Russell St

    Portland, OR 97212

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  • 503-528-8224

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Best BBQ in town....HANDS DOWN! Do yourself a favor and eat here!!!!

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Best BBQ in town....HANDS DOWN! Do yourself a favor and eat here!!!!

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I really enjoy come here. There BBQ sauce is good which is so important with a place like this. There's to many other spots without good BBQ sauce.

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★★★★★

I really enjoy come here. There BBQ sauce is good which is so important with a place like this. There's to many other spots without good BBQ sauce.

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I've tried all of the barbecue places in Portland, and still think Russell St. Is the best. There is often a wait for a table, but once seated, the service is always friendly and prompt.

The beef ribs are incredible, with a little

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I've tried all of the barbecue places in Portland, and still think Russell St. Is the best. There is often a wait for a table, but once seated, the service is always friendly and prompt.

The beef ribs are incredible, with a little

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So Russell Street BBQ isn't horrible by any means but not sure what all the hype is about. This place is packed at lunch and sometimes at night but it is only OK. My only guess is that people who frequent this spot have never had good

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So Russell Street BBQ isn't horrible by any means but not sure what all the hype is about. This place is packed at lunch and sometimes at night but it is only OK. My only guess is that people who frequent this spot have never had good

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This is a great place to bring family and friends. Bright and cheery, waitstaff is nice and quick. The food is fantastic with good pricing and portions.

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This is a great place to bring family and friends. Bright and cheery, waitstaff is nice and quick. The food is fantastic with good pricing and portions.

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Very disappointed by the food. Cornbread dry, cole slaw heavy, macaroni and cheese dry, and the greens were an unusual soupy watery, not fresh made greens. My kids usually like corn bread and cole slaw. But did not touch it here. Hush

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★★★★★

Very disappointed by the food. Cornbread dry, cole slaw heavy, macaroni and cheese dry, and the greens were an unusual soupy watery, not fresh made greens. My kids usually like corn bread and cole slaw. But did not touch it here. Hush

Pros: baby back ribs when not too burned or dry

Cons: all side dishes and prices

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Every staff member we encountered was super-friendly, the atmosphere was fun and clean and the food was fantastic. We are going back for more!!!!

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Every staff member we encountered was super-friendly, the atmosphere was fun and clean and the food was fantastic. We are going back for more!!!!

Pros: All-around great restaurant

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I have been a patron of Russell Street BBQ for the last 5 years due to the consistency of their food. It is my tried and true place to always bring friends and family that are visiting from out-of-town. Typically, I do not post reviews

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I have been a patron of Russell Street BBQ for the last 5 years due to the consistency of their food. It is my tried and true place to always bring friends and family that are visiting from out-of-town. Typically, I do not post reviews

Pros: Love the beef brisket

Cons: You will wait if you do not get there early.

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Sometimes I find myself thinking nonstop about this place. The urge to go back can ba all-consuming sometimes. The ONLY bad things I've ever experienced here are the difficulty finding parking and the wait that is required for seating

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Sometimes I find myself thinking nonstop about this place. The urge to go back can ba all-consuming sometimes. The ONLY bad things I've ever experienced here are the difficulty finding parking and the wait that is required for seating

Pros: Great food, great service.

Cons: Parking and occasionally the wait to get in.

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food is not real BBQ...anyone who knows the BBQ can tell this is not real...vegis are like from cans...meat is like from the electric smoker, doesn't have the evidence of slow cooked with real wood from the pit... these folks should of

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food is not real BBQ...anyone who knows the BBQ can tell this is not real...vegis are like from cans...meat is like from the electric smoker, doesn't have the evidence of slow cooked with real wood from the pit... these folks should of

Pros: location

Cons: shabby food

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Great food, love the place and atmosphere. If you like like bbq pork, get the bbq pork sandwich! Great mac and cheese too!

3
★★★★★

Great food, love the place and atmosphere. If you like like bbq pork, get the bbq pork sandwich! Great mac and cheese too!

Pros: Pork

Cons: Lengthy wait for food

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I have heard many times this was a great BBQ restaurant. The service was above average, but not much more. Though the prices were reasonable, we were overall severely underwhelmed with the food . \r
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The pulled pork though tender

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I have heard many times this was a great BBQ restaurant. The service was above average, but not much more. Though the prices were reasonable, we were overall severely underwhelmed with the food . \r
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The pulled pork though tender

Cons: food was very bland and no taste of smoke in the BBQ

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Some of the best BBQ I've had! The meats are flavorful and well seasoned with a choice of four different sauces. The greens are to die for! They also have peppermint ice cream and delicious iced tea. One of my very favorite restaurants in Portland. Prices are a bit high, but this place is worth the cost.

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Some of the best BBQ I've had! The meats are flavorful and well seasoned with a choice of four different sauces. The greens are to die for! They also have peppermint ice cream and delicious iced tea. One of my very favorite restaurants in Portland. Prices are a bit high, but this place is worth the cost.

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It was one of the worst bbq i had, because it wasn't real bbq. Meat tasted like it came out of the electric oven. Portlanders who doesn't know what real bbq is don't know it I guess, as long as it's flavored with hickory pellets and liquid

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★★★★★

It was one of the worst bbq i had, because it wasn't real bbq. Meat tasted like it came out of the electric oven. Portlanders who doesn't know what real bbq is don't know it I guess, as long as it's flavored with hickory pellets and liquid

Pros: effort

Cons: quality

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I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was tasty! and the portion was big between the sandwich and the fries i was stuffed. They have a good selection on sauces from sweet to spicy. they are all good, I like the spicier sauces.

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I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was tasty! and the portion was big between the sandwich and the fries i was stuffed. They have a good selection on sauces from sweet to spicy. they are all good, I like the spicier sauces.

Pros: Good food, parking

Cons: busy most of the time

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I've just tried their pork ribs and it was over cooked, too small of volume for the price. Their sauce is not authentic southern sauce, food is more of a fusion southern food...I will not go there again. I also hate the bar that is visible

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★★★★★

I've just tried their pork ribs and it was over cooked, too small of volume for the price. Their sauce is not authentic southern sauce, food is more of a fusion southern food...I will not go there again. I also hate the bar that is visible

Cons: food,service

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This place is talented and wise enough to make bbq healthy and better than any I have ever eaten. The meats ans sauces were great. Just enough of everything, smoky, juicy, tasty, sweet, tangy and flavorful. Our waiter said try the brisket

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★★★★★

This place is talented and wise enough to make bbq healthy and better than any I have ever eaten. The meats ans sauces were great. Just enough of everything, smoky, juicy, tasty, sweet, tangy and flavorful. Our waiter said try the brisket

Pros: Variety galore

Cons: No way to eat as much as you want to

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Wow, what a fabulous restaurant! Had the brisket with mac n cheese and cole slaw. Also had the fresh cut fries for an appetizer with cajon sauce and wow, soooo yummy! The services was really good as well. A great local restaurant. My

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★★★★★

Wow, what a fabulous restaurant! Had the brisket with mac n cheese and cole slaw. Also had the fresh cut fries for an appetizer with cajon sauce and wow, soooo yummy! The services was really good as well. A great local restaurant. My

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I HAD TO WAIT TOO LONG TO SIT AND THEN FINALLY WHEN I GOT THE FOOD, IT TASTED TOO DRY AND FATTY...SIDES WERE MEDIOCRE AND FOR THE PRICE AND THE WAIT, I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND IT. THE SIGN HAS A TWO LARGE NEON PIG ON THE ENTRANCE, NO WONDER,

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I HAD TO WAIT TOO LONG TO SIT AND THEN FINALLY WHEN I GOT THE FOOD, IT TASTED TOO DRY AND FATTY...SIDES WERE MEDIOCRE AND FOR THE PRICE AND THE WAIT, I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND IT. THE SIGN HAS A TWO LARGE NEON PIG ON THE ENTRANCE, NO WONDER,

Pros: BAR WITH HARD LIQUOUR

Cons: NO PARKING(PARK ON STREET) ,NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY ATMOSPHERE, EXPENSIVE

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Yummy, yummy, yummy !!!\r
Great quality food, organic and free range options. Bbq healthy but still so tasty. the sides were divine and the turkey, ribs and hot links were the best ever. We ordered them without the sauce and they were

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Yummy, yummy, yummy !!!\r
Great quality food, organic and free range options. Bbq healthy but still so tasty. the sides were divine and the turkey, ribs and hot links were the best ever. We ordered them without the sauce and they were

Pros: Best tasing, great quality and healthy

Cons: Not one

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You need to go here. I don't care if you are a foodie who usually opts only for the seasonal and sustainable organic choices at a local northwest inspired restaurant. I enjoy that too. Russell Street has a huge selection, from TOFU

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★★★★★

You need to go here. I don't care if you are a foodie who usually opts only for the seasonal and sustainable organic choices at a local northwest inspired restaurant. I enjoy that too. Russell Street has a huge selection, from TOFU

Pros: Good quality food, fantastic wait staff

Cons: No reservations, first come first serve (with your complete party to get a table)

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And that is saying something seeing as how my Granny is a cook in Tennessee. Some of her stuff is still better, but it sure was nice to be able to get it right here in Portland!
Really great, authentic food. Would recommend to anyone--try the hush puppies for sure with a root beer float--you will never go anywhere else. :)

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And that is saying something seeing as how my Granny is a cook in Tennessee. Some of her stuff is still better, but it sure was nice to be able to get it right here in Portland!
Really great, authentic food. Would recommend to anyone--try the hush puppies for sure with a root beer float--you will never go anywhere else. :)

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Great food! I love it all, but have a real place in my heart for the brisket sandwich with slaw, or a chicken sandwich with pimento cheese. My favorite must have sides are: mac and cheese, greens, and beans! Kids get perfect sized

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Great food! I love it all, but have a real place in my heart for the brisket sandwich with slaw, or a chicken sandwich with pimento cheese. My favorite must have sides are: mac and cheese, greens, and beans! Kids get perfect sized

Pros: food, service, beer, cocktails

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I've been to this restaurant I guess 25+ times in the past year. It has always been consistently good. Everything from the brisket to the pulled pork sandwiches. I think they are very reasonably priced. It doesn't get any better than

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I've been to this restaurant I guess 25+ times in the past year. It has always been consistently good. Everything from the brisket to the pulled pork sandwiches. I think they are very reasonably priced. It doesn't get any better than

Pros: Great Food, Music, Customer Service,Sweet Tea!

Cons: Parking on Friday nights (understandably)

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I read about this place about a year ago and always wanted to go. Im not too familiar with that part of town so I didnt rush into it, besides, nobody can get EVERYTHING right. Either the bbq is good but the side dishes are horrible, or

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★★★★★

I read about this place about a year ago and always wanted to go. Im not too familiar with that part of town so I didnt rush into it, besides, nobody can get EVERYTHING right. Either the bbq is good but the side dishes are horrible, or

Pros: Food, service, cleanliness, ambiance, actual parking spaces!!

Cons: That I dont live upstairs

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Expect to be full when you go to the Tuccis BBQ house. They offer so many great items and really nice sampler type plates. Hushpuppies, fried green tomatos, sweet coleslaw, and baked beans are a few of the side dishes. Pulled pork, brisket, po boy sandwhiches you name it and they have it. Pecan pie for dessert and super sweet ice tea like in the south to drink. This place offers everthing and it is moderately priced.

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Expect to be full when you go to the Tuccis BBQ house. They offer so many great items and really nice sampler type plates. Hushpuppies, fried green tomatos, sweet coleslaw, and baked beans are a few of the side dishes. Pulled pork, brisket, po boy sandwhiches you name it and they have it. Pecan pie for dessert and super sweet ice tea like in the south to drink. This place offers everthing and it is moderately priced.

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I agree with some of the comments that it could use more hickory smoke flavor like some of the barbeque that I have had in the south, but overall I have enjoyed it very much in each of my return visits. The Carolina barbeque needs some

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I agree with some of the comments that it could use more hickory smoke flavor like some of the barbeque that I have had in the south, but overall I have enjoyed it very much in each of my return visits. The Carolina barbeque needs some

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I was really impressed by Russell St. - the staff was friendly and we were promptly seated. I ordered the meatapalooza - including three meats, two sides and corn bread. Overall the meal was very good - the three choices I made for meat

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I was really impressed by Russell St. - the staff was friendly and we were promptly seated. I ordered the meatapalooza - including three meats, two sides and corn bread. Overall the meal was very good - the three choices I made for meat

Pros: main dishes, portions, service

Cons: side dishes

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The bbq was so good, especially because it doesn't leave you feeling overly full and gross. They put a lot of healthy options on the menu, which I really appreciated. Great food, decent wine selection, and really fun atmosphere.

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★★★★★

The bbq was so good, especially because it doesn't leave you feeling overly full and gross. They put a lot of healthy options on the menu, which I really appreciated. Great food, decent wine selection, and really fun atmosphere.

Pros: Easy parking, good service, great food

Cons: None that I can think of

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Seriously, how did this place get 5 stars? The portions are small, the food is bland and the atmosphere is that of an upscale mcdonalds. The chicken was grey and the ribs were dull. Maybe I just had a rare bad experience, but nothing we

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Seriously, how did this place get 5 stars? The portions are small, the food is bland and the atmosphere is that of an upscale mcdonalds. The chicken was grey and the ribs were dull. Maybe I just had a rare bad experience, but nothing we

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A little more expensive than I like for a restaurant I want to frequent often, but their bbq has never let me down!

3
★★★★★

A little more expensive than I like for a restaurant I want to frequent often, but their bbq has never let me down!

Pros: Great BBQ

Cons: A little expensive

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I am from the South, and put a 5 stars on this place -- friendly owners, great food , environment and prices. Two thumbs up for this affordable , great place to eat

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★★★★★

I am from the South, and put a 5 stars on this place -- friendly owners, great food , environment and prices. Two thumbs up for this affordable , great place to eat

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Russell Street BBQ is one of Portland's jewels.\r
It started with a friendly welcome from the hostess and fresh water served to your table right away. The ambiance is well balanced: warm from the wood furniture and floors (no more red and

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Russell Street BBQ is one of Portland's jewels.\r
It started with a friendly welcome from the hostess and fresh water served to your table right away. The ambiance is well balanced: warm from the wood furniture and floors (no more red and

Pros: great service and food, clean and spacious restaurant, easy parking.

Cons: need to open a branch in LA

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I had the 'three meat' special but I chose no meat - just tofu, shrimp and salmon. For sides, I had coleslaw and greens, with cornbread and the Virginia classic sauce. It must be the healthiest and tastiest barbecue I've ever had. They

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I had the 'three meat' special but I chose no meat - just tofu, shrimp and salmon. For sides, I had coleslaw and greens, with cornbread and the Virginia classic sauce. It must be the healthiest and tastiest barbecue I've ever had. They

Pros: Great food

Cons: Parking difficult because of all the Audis and Saabs in this newly-yuppified district

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Being a displaced Southerner, I had been overwhelmed by my co-workers and friends about Russell Street BBQ and it's greatness. Well, I ordered the 3 Meat Sampler (MeataPoolza) in which I got chicken, beef brisket, and pork ribs; plus, a

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Being a displaced Southerner, I had been overwhelmed by my co-workers and friends about Russell Street BBQ and it's greatness. Well, I ordered the 3 Meat Sampler (MeataPoolza) in which I got chicken, beef brisket, and pork ribs; plus, a

Pros: Parking, service, ambience...

Cons: No hickory smoke to be found, side dishes were tastless and slaw was somehwat soggy

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On the way home from a long day of work we decided to order out from RUSSELL STREET BBQ. Hadn't eaten there for awhile and we were in a bad way. Jonesing for that taste of smoky goodness and sauces that just can't be beat in Portland.

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On the way home from a long day of work we decided to order out from RUSSELL STREET BBQ. Hadn't eaten there for awhile and we were in a bad way. Jonesing for that taste of smoky goodness and sauces that just can't be beat in Portland.

Pros: sometimes a wait, parking, patio, great atmosphere, the best pralene.

Cons: sometimes a wait

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This is one of the few restaurants in town that remains consistently excellent. Whether my husband and I pop in for lunch with our toddler on Saturday for a beef brisket sandwich (with classic sauce, add pimento cheese) and mac & cheese,

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This is one of the few restaurants in town that remains consistently excellent. Whether my husband and I pop in for lunch with our toddler on Saturday for a beef brisket sandwich (with classic sauce, add pimento cheese) and mac & cheese,

Pros: Chopped turkey salad, pork ribs, brisket, mac and cheese, fries, service, atmosphere

Cons: Addictive!

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i love a pork sandwich and i found my love at russell street bbq. the smokey pork is delicious with the derby mustard sauce and the slaw topping takes it over the top. delicious. however, my favorite dish on the menu is the unique bbq

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★★★★★

i love a pork sandwich and i found my love at russell street bbq. the smokey pork is delicious with the derby mustard sauce and the slaw topping takes it over the top. delicious. however, my favorite dish on the menu is the unique bbq

Pros: pork, service, outside seating

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I love this place, and I've been a customer since it opened. The food is fantastic - my favorites are Smoked Beef Ribs, Turkey BBQ salad, and strawberry lemonade. The service rocks and the owners and staff are super friendly. I recommend

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I love this place, and I've been a customer since it opened. The food is fantastic - my favorites are Smoked Beef Ribs, Turkey BBQ salad, and strawberry lemonade. The service rocks and the owners and staff are super friendly. I recommend

Pros: The food

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My husband and I went to Russell Street Bar.B.Que our first night in Portland. After a long drive we wanted a relaxed atmosphere. The service was prompt and friendly, and our server was able to give us details and his opinion on what to

3
★★★★★

My husband and I went to Russell Street Bar.B.Que our first night in Portland. After a long drive we wanted a relaxed atmosphere. The service was prompt and friendly, and our server was able to give us details and his opinion on what to

Pros: Service, atmosphere, variety

Cons: Sides could be better

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It's a bright, cheery place; no question. The sauces are great and the service is very friendly. I ordered a half order of the beef ribs for $12 and got an overcooked order. The outside was so tough as to be inedible and there was so

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★★★★★

It's a bright, cheery place; no question. The sauces are great and the service is very friendly. I ordered a half order of the beef ribs for $12 and got an overcooked order. The outside was so tough as to be inedible and there was so

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If you have spent any time in South Carolina, you will know that this restaurant has figured it out. The decor reminds me of some of the family style restaurants I have visited in and around South and North Carolina as well as GA and even Al. The barbecued ribs are to die for and I can't say enough about the side dishes, my favorite of which is Mess-o-greens. If you wish to enjoy some deep south cooking - I recommend this experience.

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If you have spent any time in South Carolina, you will know that this restaurant has figured it out. The decor reminds me of some of the family style restaurants I have visited in and around South and North Carolina as well as GA and even Al. The barbecued ribs are to die for and I can't say enough about the side dishes, my favorite of which is Mess-o-greens. If you wish to enjoy some deep south cooking - I recommend this experience.

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Even if you don't eat meat the side dishes are awesome. Everything on the menu is great!\r
The spare ribs are the best deal in town!

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Even if you don't eat meat the side dishes are awesome. Everything on the menu is great!\r
The spare ribs are the best deal in town!

Pros: Hot Sauces are wonderful!

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I love BBQ and have tried most of the joints in Portland. How I missed Russell Street is beyond me. Pork Ribs were very good, not drowned in sauce and done to mouth watering perfection. If you like your meat to fall off the bone and

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I love BBQ and have tried most of the joints in Portland. How I missed Russell Street is beyond me. Pork Ribs were very good, not drowned in sauce and done to mouth watering perfection. If you like your meat to fall off the bone and

Pros: BBQ done right. Pork ribs outstanding. Great sides, sweet tea a good compliment to the meal.

Cons: Didn't care for the fried chocalate pie dessert

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I love this place. The food is terrific. The ribs are juicy, tangy and meaty. The portions are a bit too large--which with ribs means they are perfect! Service is friendly, the interior is nice and parking is easy. I only eat there

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I love this place. The food is terrific. The ribs are juicy, tangy and meaty. The portions are a bit too large--which with ribs means they are perfect! Service is friendly, the interior is nice and parking is easy. I only eat there

Pros: Tangy sweet meaty ribs.

Cons: Fattening and artery clogging

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I have eaten here three times and have loved it every time. The meats are wonderfully smoked, the sides are delicious, and the sauces compliment everything well. The grilled shrimp are without a doubt some of the best shrimp I have enjoyed

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I have eaten here three times and have loved it every time. The meats are wonderfully smoked, the sides are delicious, and the sauces compliment everything well. The grilled shrimp are without a doubt some of the best shrimp I have enjoyed

Pros: The pork ribs, shrimp, pulled pork, pecan pralines

Cons: Somewhat dry brisket, service can be abrupt

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Always looking for good barbecue,have always been pleased with the food here, love the ribs. sides are always good!!!

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Always looking for good barbecue,have always been pleased with the food here, love the ribs. sides are always good!!!

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We have made this place one of our regular haunts, thanks to the terrific food and the consistency of the service. The ribs, mac and cheese, fries, and hush puppies are our favorites, but we (or our guests) have also tried the chicken,

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★★★★★

We have made this place one of our regular haunts, thanks to the terrific food and the consistency of the service. The ribs, mac and cheese, fries, and hush puppies are our favorites, but we (or our guests) have also tried the chicken,

Pros: Great food, huge portions, good service

Cons: Well ... none.

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As Im always in a search for excellent BBQ, I thought Id try Russells. The decor was clean, upscale pig. There were little porkers all through the restaurant. It was a nice touch. Although there is a variety of pork on the menu, I felt

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As Im always in a search for excellent BBQ, I thought Id try Russells. The decor was clean, upscale pig. There were little porkers all through the restaurant. It was a nice touch. Although there is a variety of pork on the menu, I felt

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First, we would like to thank everyone for their opinions and taking the time to post their thoughts here.\r
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We have never responded to a review but it is important to us to point out a few mis-interpretations. The Derby Mustard Sauce

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First, we would like to thank everyone for their opinions and taking the time to post their thoughts here.\r
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We have never responded to a review but it is important to us to point out a few mis-interpretations. The Derby Mustard Sauce

 

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