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Honey Bears Barbeque

2824 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1019 (Encanto)
602-279-7911
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Ranked #454 of 2,535 restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $16 - $16
Cuisines: Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Encanto
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Yuk. I've heard about this place for years and finally ventured 'downtown' to try it out using a Groupon. It was horrible. The meat was dry and tasteless, the buns on the sandwhiches were stale, table was filthy. I am shivering in disqust as I write this.

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Elburn, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Heard this place is half way decent so had to try. Will say pretty good shared a BBQ pork sandwich with hubby, side of Mac & cheese, and their cowboy beans. Only tired one BBQ sauce didn't know if there was more to choose from (that's all hubby brought to table) but that would b my suggestion to have more... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We flew into Phoenix for our vacation in Sedona and of course airline food does nothing for me so we asked about BBQ we are from Georgia and wanted to see what "good" bbq in AZ meant. We were told that Honey Bears was the best so after getting our rental car off we went. ( side note if you... More

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Richardson, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We had checked out the reviews and decided to walk across the street from our hotel to try this for our last lunch in Phoenix. We gave it a fair shot -- ribs, pulled pork sandwich, sweet potato fries, and the macaroni and cheese. We didn't finish anything. We've both eaten quite a bit of barbecue of various types. This... More

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henderson, nv
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

average ribs and bbq chicken. not fantastic, but certainly not bad. stayed at hilton, so location was very close.

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London, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I went here with a large group, as we were told the food was excellent. Most of us didn't finish our food, and all agreed it was certainly not what it had been made out to be. The ribs were tough, and the sides were very standard. The peach cobbler tasted like it came from a can. It also for... More

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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87 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

had the rib tips, nice and meaty finger licking good, their sauce was excellent, kinda on the spicy side almost like hot wing sauce, i love it.had a little kick, i ate in a hurry being on my lunch 30 min. i want to go back to really enjoy and savor the taste,location wise no frills place, old building in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

I was told that this was one of the best barbecues around. The barbecue sauce was good. A little spicy which I'm not used to, but I really enjoyed it and the pulled pork was really tasty. However... They put too much in the bun which made it really soggy and difficult to eat. Also, half of the drinks they... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I'm a Texas gal who loves her barbeque and this is definitely up to snuff! Highly recommend, especially if you are midtown on business or staying at a nearby hotel. Heck...it's worth the drive from the burbs! Prices are cheap and meat portions are sold by the pound. Cornbread is just meh...but the collard greens beat any I've ever had.... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

The pulled pork sandwich here is excellent! Meat was tender, not too fatty and just the right amount of smoke flavor. The BBQ sauce is very good. Mac and cheese was slightly above average. Fountain drink selection could improve. No Coke, no Pepsi. RC cola? A little pricey for the portions ($10+ for sandwich, side and drink). The restaurant could... More

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