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1603 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703-4737
(512) 320-1541
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining on a budget

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pok-e-Joe's Catering is Great!

This review is for the catering aspect of Pok-e-Joe's which we used for a backyard BBQ the weekend of my wedding. The staff were super helpful especially since we tasted their food and decided that the flavor profile needed to be amped UP. The Catering manager accommodated our needs and on the day... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2012
Mel C
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Texas
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  • Dining on a budget
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Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This review is for the catering aspect of Pok-e-Joe's which we used for a backyard BBQ the weekend of my wedding. The staff were super helpful especially since we tasted their food and decided that the flavor profile needed to be amped UP. The Catering manager accommodated our needs and on the day of delivery, the set up was flawless,... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Meats were ehh, I had the spicy bbq sauce, it was pretty good, but I felt nervous eating all of the sides as they were not at a food safe temperature. Jalapeno corn bread was dry and bland, mac and cheese was average. They did have IBC rootbeer, that was a plus

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Austin, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I went to this restaurant yesterday. My hubs and I both got a 2 meat plate for 9.99 each. The sides were fantastic, the meat as good as Salt Lick, which is a high end BBQ in Austin, I was very impressed. The servers were all really friendly and made our visit even more enjoyable. I also went to the... More 

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New York City, New York
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94 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Leave downtown Austin and make the effort to find Pok-e-Joe's in a nearby food mall. It is real Texas BBQ, frequented by locals, where they smoke all their own meats. I had brisket over salad, a light alternative to the typically heavy fare of the area. The BBQ sauce for dipping the meat was sublime, and I got a bottle... More 

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Garland, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

Service was fast and food was excellent. I had the new pulled pork sandwich and would definitely recommend it.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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101 restaurant reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

I love BBQ and i have to say, especially for Texas this was just average. They said the sausage was the best and the ribs were very popular too. They were decent, but nothing to write home about. Same with the sides. The staff was really nice and we had a nice chat. Its just too bad the food wasnt... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2010

Our family has been going to Pok-E-Joe's for several years and have never been disappointed. If you are looking for awesome bbq, Pok-E-Joe's is a must! Our picks: Three meat plate with brisket (order the Moist variety), sausage and chicken; baked potato casserole; either mac & cheese or jalapeno corn bread and LOTS of regular sauce, sharing is optional.

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Del City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

IT IS SAD THAT PROGRESS HAS TAKEN A GREAT PARTY PLACE FOR REAL TEXAS BBQ. This was the most popular of the locally owned chain and run by Sam, Big E and Karl, with an awesome staff that served Great Texas BBQ with a decor that is all Texas. They offered Barbecue by the pound, Barbecue plates, and Catering. Since... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2008

Up there with Rudy's.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1603 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703-4737
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (512) 320-1541

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 7
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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