Herberts Bar-B-Q Restaurant
111 N. Royal Oak Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
My first impression was A little
fancy to expect good Q, but buddy, they deliver. Autographed pictures of celebrities
covered every inch of wall space. Stars of note near my seat: George Jones, Ronnie Milsap,
Alan Jackson, and best of all ELVIS! Right after I was seated I was given a slice of corn
light bread. Having never heard of corn light bread, much less tried it, I didnt
know what to expect. It was great! I ended up having three more slices. (Anyone have a
recipe for this stuff?) The coleslaw was above average and so were the beans. The
sauce was good. Note: I bought a bottle of the mild to add to my collection. I tried some
a few days latter, and it was better than what was on the table. I ordered ribs. They were
served 3 across, uncut. When I grabbed a bone to cut them, the bone fell out! They claim
to slow smoke for 12 hours! Great smokey flavor. My only complaint was the ribs were
rather greasy. The person at the table next to me told me the pulled pork is their
specialty, guess Ill have to try this next time through here! I consider this a
must stop place!
Reviewed By: Wyndell Ferguson ( email@example.com
900 Elizabethton Highway (Old 19-E)
Bluff City, TN
Reviewer's Comments: This is far and away the best barbecue known to man. The
two highlights of Ridgewood is their incredible barbecue beans and their oh so tasty
sauce. Both the best I have ever tasted (and I have had alot of barbecue). The
portions are very generous and the prices are extremely reasonable. The only real
drawback to Ridgewood is the fact that thet do not serve barbecued ribs. But, one
taste and that is a fact that is easily forgotten. So, for the bbq experience of
your life, go to Ridgewood Barbecue in Bluff City, Tennessee. You will not be sorry.
Reviewed By: Travis B. Wood ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) on 01/27/98.
334 West Trinity Lane
Reviewer's Comments: There
are two locations in Nashville. I haven't eaten at the 416 Broadway, which is "Back
to Back" with the Ryman. We make travel plans so we can stop at the Trinity Lane
location whenever we travel through on the I-24 & I-65. It's less than a mile off the
Interstate at Exit 87B. Home cooked sides. A bird's nest on the ground.
Reviewed By: Chuck Bearden ( email@example.com ) Feb 98, but lots of times.
745 N PARKWAY
Reviewer's Comments: Good dry ribs served with sauce. Best beef sandwich that
I could find when touring the area in search of q. Pork sand is tasty too.
Cornish hen was really a treat. Mr. Ray Robinson runs a nice, clean, respectable
establishment that is a real find. Don't miss it.
Reviewed By: Dana (MGOOSESCHL@AOL.COM)
200 Union St.
Reviewer's Comments: I couldn't go through memphis without the obligatory stop in
the world famous Rendevous for Ribs. Interesting locale being in a alley across the street
from the world famous Peabody Hotel. Walking past the Holiday Inn's dumpster really
sharpens the appetite. The Rendevous is down stairs and was deceptively large. The walls
are packed with local and regional memrobilia. The ovens are in the rear of one of the
dining rooms. It looks like they extend under the alley.
Well, on to the important stuff. My family of three ordered the ribs and
were not too disappointed, let me explain. The ribs were dry rubbed and slow smoked. The
dry rub was tasty but much too thick. It seems they hit it with the seasoning just before
service. My rib rack of about 12 was tender on one end but was very tough on the other
end. The Sauce was a sweet and sour tomato sauce with very little heat. The spice came
mainly from the slight cayenne pepper they added. It took some getting used to but it grew
on you. They seemed to use the same sauce in the coleslaw. It was much sweeter and sourer
(sp?) but tasty. I liked it but my wife didn't. My daughter is 13 and she doesn't like
anything that doesn't have pepperoni on it. The beans were very good with chunks of pork
floating in it. Over all a 3.5 out of 5 would be appropiate.
Reviewed By: Ken Haycook (firstname.lastname@example.org) on4/19/99.
334 W. Trinity Lane
Reviewer's Comments: I grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and started
eating BBQ and chili before I was weaned. I'm partial to my home States --
but I gotta admit the best BBQ I have ever eaten is in Tennessee!
Jack's is about 1/2 mile off the freeway on Trinity lane. I first ate
there (on recommendation of the young black maid at our motel) 2 years
ago. My party (wife and a New York business associate) all ordered ribs --
and they lived up to the maid's comment "the meat jus' fall off th'
bone". The smoke flavor was intense and the ribs very tender and very
moist -- not a dried out rib in the rack. My guest from upper New York had
never tasted real BBQ and he never uttered a word during the meal -- its
impossible to talk with your mouth full. The beans were above average and
the cold slaw was tart and yet semisweet. The only disappointment was the
fried okra. Nobody makes it the old fashioned way anymore -- they all use
more breading then okra.
The second night (yeah we went back) we tried the brisket. Again, top of
the line! Heavy smoke flavor yet moist and very tender. The third night we
opted for the ribs again -- and they didn't disappoint us. Our New York
friend observed that he had a hard time beliving he had lived over 60
years and never tasted anything that good.
On my last visit, we were driving through Nashville and planned to get
several orders of ribs to munch on as we drove South to Florida. We got to
Jack's a little after 9am, and found the door locked. A big sign said open
at 11am. I banged on the door until a cook came and ask if we could read.
By then I was so in need of a BBQ fix I was practally on my knees. I
explained we had driven all the way from Colorado for some of his ribs and
couldn't wait until 11am. Finally a tall guy in a black cowboy hat and
long cowboy black coat shouted from the dining room to the cook that it
was OK to let us in. The tall guy turned out to be Jack himself. We had a
long conversation and it was interesting to find out that before he
decided to open a BBQ place, he traveled all over the US sampling regional
fare. He didn't make a mistake when he developed his own dry rub and
method of smoking. I wish I could find out how he keeps his meat so moist
Well, we got our ribs and headed on down the highway. Even had a few left
over the next day, and by golly, they were just as good as brand new!
Jacks is a "must" to visit when your next in Nashville. Go for
dinner and don't eat lunch. You'll want a whole slab.
Reviewed By: Palmer Kimball ( PleasantP@msn.com
) on 6/8/99
Reviewer's Comments: Jack's is a pretty cool place for barbecue. I guess there are a few locations around
Nashville, but the one I was at was right on Broadway in the middle of where all of the
country music action used to be -- right acros from the Ernest Tubb Record Store, as I
recall. You're served cafeteria style, I chose the shoulder sandwich with two sides. I had
the green beans and fries and both were excellent. The pork was wood-fired (there's
firewood stacked up all over in the back part of the restaurant) and delicious, as was the
sauce. I tried the tomato-based sauce, which is similar to the Memphis style, but they
also had a vinegary Lexington-style sauce, as well. The sandwich was so good, in fact,
that I can still taste it as I write this, and I ate there about a year and a half ago.
That's good 'que!
Reviewed by: Pat Yourell ( email@example.com
) on 9/10/99.
2265 S 3rd
Reviewer's Comments: Interstate Bar-B-Q was the first place I wanted
to stop in Memphis, and it was worth the 700-mile drive. It's nothing
fancy, but that just means they spend more time on the food than the
decorating. The walls are covered with autographed pictures of celebrities
who've graced the establishment over the years.
I ordered the chopped pork shoulder sandwich with slaw, and order of baked
beans and a Dr. Pepper. The pork was swimming in that succulent Interstate
BBQ sauce with a dollop of slaw on top, and squashed between a cheap,
white hamburger bun. The whole thing disintegrated onto my paper plate,
and I ended-up eating about half of it with a fork.
Interstate is my idea of heaven. BBQ joints don't get much better than
this. I can't wait to go back.
Reviewed By: Pat Yourell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Name: Joe's B B Q
Address: Farmers Market
User: Jim Rich
Time: 9:24:46 AM
Joe has two Nashville locations and is a very successful vendor. NO liquid smoke, which I feel is the sure-fire way to cook up some phoney "BBQ"! His sandwich is so huge, that enough falls off the bun to make another sandwich! His sides are classic "soul food", and while they are fattening, they are delicious! Open seven days. I am not a relative of JOE"S! Just a huge fan.
Address: Trinity Lane
User: Jim Rich
Time: 9:44:12 AM
A very disappointing trip to Jacks! Had eaten there shortly after this location opened and went nuts about it! Talk about GOOD BBQ! Bragged to my wife about it and promised to take her there some day. The day came and all I have done since, is apologize. Enough phoney smoke in this meat to almost kill a smoke allergic eater. I suffered for three days! This was great product at first. Why do "Barbecuers" feel the urge to use this disgusting artificial flavoring ? Some of us out here have a very tough time with smoke. I also have an enormous problem with MSG, another product that extremely poor cooks find favor with. C'mon, Jack! Back to the basics!
Name: The Rendevous
Address: 200 Union St.
Time: 12:39:09 PM
The best I've tried and definitely a place to stop whenever I'm within 300 miles of the door. Dry rubbed with optional mild sauce at the table. Hot sauce is also at the table. Good slaw and beans too. A visit to Graceland wouldn't be complete without stopping at Elvis's favorite rib joint. (that's how we found out about it and why we stopped) He loved them so much he had them flown to Vegas when he was performing there. The service was just so so and the alley entrance was a bummer but you have to relax and go with the flow. If you want to shake your hips like the King then you have to stop at the Rendezvous. A little heaven on earth. God, I want some right now. Oh well, I think I'll go out, shovel snow and chop ice out of the gutters and take my mind off the it.
Name: John G's BBQ Restaurant & Steak House
Address: 220 S. Ocoee St.
Phone: 423 479-7885
User: Jim McCutcheon
Time: 12:57:12 AM
John G's place in Cleveland TN is a down-to-earth piece of heaven for BBQ lovers. Decorated with about a thousand artifacts of
pigmania, the restaurant puts on no airs or pretense - just excellent food. Quality meat smoked daily in a huge cooker across the street added to a wonderful sauce which makes this reviewer want to return anytime he visits Tennessee. The steak I had was the best I have ever eaten, prepared medium rare and seasoned exquisitely. I also have enjoyed John G's catering, which I would order if I only lived closer.
This place is a definite jewel if you like BBQ and steaks! I'm going back!
Name: Sticky Fingers
Time: 10:20:28 PM
Not bad for a chain... actually pretty good. Rib sampler includes 4 kinds (dry, sweet, Jack Daniels, and another I can't remember). The Memphis Dry and the sweet sauces were about the best I've had.
There is an all you can eat buffet on Sunday afternoon but it doesn't include ribs. :(
Name: Jack's Bar-B-Que
Address: 334 W. Trinity Lane
Time: 1:33:58 PM
I had the three meat combo with Brisket, Pork, and Ribs. Brisket and pork were tops, smoky and moist, easily a 4.5 and maybe a 5! Ribs were ok, they drag the overal meat score down.
Sauce received a 4 for the variety (3 types) more than the taste. There was nothing wrong with the sauce, just average.
Sides were ok, the beans were good and sweet, I didn't care much for the coleslaw. The chess pie was great!
Service from those slicing the meat and preparing the food was great. The person running the register however seemed like they would rather have been anywhere else.
Over all, a MUST stop for those who like their Q. I will make a special effort to go back when in Nashville.
Thanks, for great Q!
Name: my 3 sons
Time: 11:54:13 AM
LOOKS LIKE THE BOARD OF HEALTH SHOULD CLOSE IT DOWN. GET BY THAT AND EAT THE BEST PULLED PORK IMAGINABLE. BEANS EXCELLENT AND COLE SLAW PERFECT FOR THE MEAT. JUCIEST PULLED PORK I'VE EVER EATEN. IF YOU'RE LUCKY, THE OWNER WILL TAKE YOU ROUND BACK AND SHOW YOU THE SMOKER. MAYBE HE'LL EVEN TEAR OFF A PIECE OR TWO WITH CRISPY SKIN. IF I'M EVER WITHIN 100 MILES, I'LL BE SURE TO STOP THERE.