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American Barbecue

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Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
(978) 948-2626
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A slice of authentic Americana food....

Hidden away in the outskirts of Rowley is a little place that offers true wood-smoked BBQ meals that do more than wet your appetite. The food is so tasty and moist that it feels like it melts in your mouth. They make everything on the premises in what they call a southern style bbq. All meals... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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English first
Methuen, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I had been once before and thought it was excellent. I brought another very finicky/picky person and that person loved it! And can't wait to go back again.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Sorry although they specialize BBQ, I had a haddock plate for $12.50 which the haddock was a large size, previously frozen filet. BBQ beans are doctored canned beans and cornbread comes along with each meal. Filling cooked prepared food. I'm open to try their BBQ since other reviews rate them well. A simply charming place to hang out for a... More 

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MA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Cozy place with the best barbecued food! We had their half chicken which came with a choice of sides. Coleslaw is fantastic and the cornbread was the best I have ever had! Prices were great, and portions were large.

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A bit pricey, but that's because the portions are so large. My husband and I often get one entree with an extra side, and that's perfect for the two of us... especially if we're taking it home. If we're eating there, we'll order two entrees, knowing that we're taking a LOT of food home.. but that's ok, because it's just... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Hidden away in the outskirts of Rowley is a little place that offers true wood-smoked BBQ meals that do more than wet your appetite. The food is so tasty and moist that it feels like it melts in your mouth. They make everything on the premises in what they call a southern style bbq. All meals come with 2 sides... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place is an all time top hole-in-the-wall. We've been multiple times and are consistently shocked at how authentic and delicious their southern barbecue menu is. We've never had a bad meal, the price is right, and little spoken fact about this place: Their French fries are the best in New England. Go. Just go.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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117 reviews 117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

From the extensive menu, I picked two meats with two sides. The sausages were tender and juicy as were the ribs. My sides of home made potato chips and mac n cheese were just the right compliment to the meal. Add a cold beer and you have a great meal. Place is very clean. I love the fact that a... More 

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MA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I write from the perspective of a former huge fan and regular customer of the restaurant. I got take out food on a Friday night at least once a month years ago before friends in Rowley moved away. I also have introduced at least 20 people to this restaurant over the years. I went for the first time in several... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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175 reviews 175 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Arrived in the midst of ferocious T storms; luckily though the lights flickered the cook persisted. The results were great brisket, pulled pork, and jerk chicken. Nice surroundings and friendly service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised with how fantastic the food was. The meat falls of the one of the ribs. The corn bread is a large fresh moist portion of goodness. I highly recommend going here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Rowley
  • Phone Number: (978) 948-2626

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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