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Circle J Bar-B-Que

1825 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345
+1 575-257-4105
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Ranked #38 of 74 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Price range: $8 - $22
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Buffet
Description: Circle J Bar-B-Que is a family style restaurant. All food is made from homemade scratch recipes that date back thirty years. The owners have owned and operated the restaurant for 18 years and continue to work to make peoples meals enjoyable.
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San Antonio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Food was not too bad; was a little pricey, but that is usual outside of a large city and in a "resort" town. I would recommend for a visitor if you really want bar-b-que fix. You have two choices for bar-b-que,but have not tried the other place.

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Kerrville, Texas, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Circle J is a must for Bar-B-Que. Love the atmosphere. Been going there on vacations for over 30 years. I always get the brisket and sausage plate with corn on the cob. It is wonderful and being from Texas, I've eaten a lot of bar-b-que. Restaurant was clean and the service great. I highly recommend!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The brisket was juicy, tender, yummy deliciousness. The corn was crisp and sweet. The portions were large. Our food was served by a polite, young man. The seating area was clean and spacious, but at the same time it seemed cozy because of the drizzling rain.

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Olney, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

When we are in Ruidoso for week of vacation we eat supper at Circle J our last day in Ruidoso. The portions of food are huge. the brisket is tender and has lots of flavor. The peach cobbler is excellent. if you are looking for excellent BBQ in Ruidoso then this is the place to go.

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Roswell, New Mexico
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

$13.50 per person for two meats and 1 roll with two sides all of which seemed to come out of can served on Styrofoam plates. Nothing impressive about the food or the service. I nearly walked out but my husband ordered so we stayed. What a mistake. We both have heart burn and upset stomachs two hours after dropping $35... More

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Bulverde, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My husband and I moved to San Antonio, Texas from Memphis, TN and have had some of the best barbecue in the country. Texas barbecue has the best beef and Memphis serves up some killer pork. With that being said, we were COMPLETELY surprised by this little New Mexico BBQ shack! It was REALLY good! My hubby had the brisket... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My family and I had a craving for BBQ while we were in Ruidoso so we decided to try this BBQ house. We loved when we saw that it was line style when we walked in because we have 3 children and they were all starving...this let us eat right away and they each enjoyed having their own tray. We... More

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El Paso Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The barbecue is quite good, but I think a barbecue sandwich and a side of potato salad should be more than $11. Friendly people behind the counter, but I'll be looking elsewhere next year. $2.25 for a little cup of potato salad is just too much. If you add iced tea or coffee or a soft drink, just imagine what... More

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Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I eat here at least once a week. The service is great and friendly. The food is always good and I am very satisfied with whatever I order.

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Sulphur, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The wife and I love to travel and one of our favorite destinations is Ruidoso, New Mexico. Located in the southern leg of the Rocky Mountains near Sierra Blanca, a twelve thousand foot peak which affords recreation the year around, the area offers a cool respite in summer from the nearby Chihuahua Desert. We visited the area this summer over... More

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