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Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Catering

13208 Fountain Head Plaza, Hagerstown, MD 21742
301-797-4455
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Ranked #14 of 200 Restaurants in Hagerstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Hempen Hill BBQ has come to be known for it’s diverse, yet simple, menu. We offer the Best Pit BBQ in the area and often fuse it with a culinary twist for some real unique dishes. We invite you to come in and eat with us TODAY! Start off with our award winning Kettle Crab Chip appetizer or a cup of Chef Jason’s Crab Bisque. Dine on our fresh green salads, grab a quick North Carolina Pulled Pork sandwich or indulge with a spicy house blended Chorizo Burger. If you’re in the mood for a good steak– you hit the spot! Our steaks are hand-cut, seasoned up and grilled to perfection. While in Maryland try our Crab Cakes– nothing but Jumbo Lump Crab! If you come for BBQ– try our Texas Brisket, Baby Back Ribs or even Smoke Tofu! Wash it all down with a pint from one of our many Microbrews on draft.We offer a full Kid’s Menu and Homemade Desserts by Miss Kitty—so call or come by and visit us!
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English first
Hagerstown, Maryland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

BBQ is my passion. I have traveled all over the country and eaten at some of the best. Hempen Hill fits right up there with the best. The owner is a real deal pit master, competing with the big boys all over the nation on the BBQ circuit. Take a look at the trophies when you visit, wins at some... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

On a recommendation from a friend and a craving for BBQ we decided to give this place a try. Walking it the place smells delightful. Atmosphere is ok. Very open. (Not a good place for a quiet date) Now for the disappointment of food. I will say my son ordered the mini cheeseburger and he loved them and they were... More

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washington dc
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We love to try barbeque and found this restaurant because of tripadvisor recommendations as we were traveling through Hagerstown. Our expectations were somewhat to arrive at a bit of a dive restaurant and take-a-chance on the taste. Nice to have expectations exceeded on all counts. One of us had the platter of dark chicken and ribs. Very tasty. Sides of... More

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I got bbq chicken& boyfriend got ribs. Mine was delicious and my boyfriend loved his. Great service! Great specials! And shockingly the bottle beer selection is decently priced. Only issues is---it took quite awhile for food/beers to arrive. And it's extremely noisy. But none of those downsides would be enough to prevent me from returning for a 2nd visit!

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Frederick, MD
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Smoked wings, burnt ends and craft beer selection keep me coming back! The reason I give 4 stars is because the service is terrible. But the food is worth it! Live music at night. Ample parking. Easy to find. Prices are reasonable especially draft beer.

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Screamin wings with homemade chunky blue cheese, are really good, and chorizo burger is awesome. Not many places to choose from in hagerstown for BBQ, so this is the best by default. Not a huge fan of ribs, chicken but that because I like wet ribs. They use only dry rubs and you choose type of sauce which is squeeze... More

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I love Hempen Hill. The food is some of the best in town. I have been many times and never disappointed. The specials are always interesting and very tasty. Beer selection is constantly changing and stays fresh. Hempen Hill is a must try if your passing through town or if you've lived here your whole life. Friday and Saturday can... More

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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We ate at Hempen Hill recently. I order stew and an appetizer that provided three different meets and my husband had the brisket. Our service was excellent. We were in and out in a jiffy. My stew was really good as was my appetizer although I definitely had enough meat for 2. Hubby raved about the brisket.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We love Hempen Hill so much that we had our annual family holiday party here. (They do have private rooms.) Our entire family(about 25 people) really enjoyed the food. The menu has a LOT of choices,which made everyone happy. Of course the barbecue is great, but there are many seafood options too.Everyone loved the food.Our waiter was awesome, he became... More

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raleigh nc
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

First visit on a recent trip to Hagerstown. Great big menu, good beer...lots of crab and seafood for this non BBQ eater! I got crab soup which was fabulous and scallops, also done well. Don't let the name/strip mall location fool you...very good menu, fun atmosphere.

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