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Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ

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311 Westgate Plz, Franklin, NC 28734-9012
828-349-4743
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Eating!

We have been in twice for lunch in the last 2 months, when we were visiting Franklin and had good meals both times. The baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwich and platter were delicious. The cobbler and crisp for desserts were also great. The servers were always friendly and efficient. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
MarkandDorothy
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Boynton Beach, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We have been in twice for lunch in the last 2 months, when we were visiting Franklin and had good meals both times. The baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwich and platter were delicious. The cobbler and crisp for desserts were also great. The servers were always friendly and efficient. The restaurant is located in a strip mall, but it... More 

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Clayton, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Tried Fat Buddies for the first time. I ordered full rack of ribs, they must have came of a little pig. As in other reviews I've seen, the sides are very small. The ribs were good though.

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Walhalla, South Carolina, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We landed here at Fat Buddies. The hubby and I are BBQ judges and cook and serve our own, so finding a restaurant that serves BBQ that comes up to snuff is difficult at times. We weren't disappointed by the PIG OUT Platter for two. The pulled pork was amazingly juicy and tender. Mild smoke flavor and the hot BBQ... More 

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Cocoa, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The first time we went to this restaurant the service and food was great, that was June of 2014. We recently returned expecting the same great service and food but was very disappointed with both. The service was slow and forgetful and the meat was dry and brittle and portion size was really small. If this had been my first... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very good ribs at a reasonable price. The sides are very mediocre. I prefer to take a slab home and make my own sides. Kids love this place and management is very family friendly. Good location and parking

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Franklin, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The first time I went to Fat Buddies, I was a first time tourist in the area of Franklin, NC. When asking about a good local hangout to eat lunch, I was told "this is where we locals go for good eatin' " , so since we were so close, we went to give it a try. Upon entering what... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family and I go here several times through the year. The food is pretty consistent and yummy! The service varies though. Our last visit I was very upset at the portion sizes as they seem to be getting smaller. Also, we had ordered an appetizer of fried pickles. We paid $4 for the regular order and when they came... More 

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Mountain City, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The food is good! I like the chicken fingers and they make all there own dressings too. The BBQ is tasty and the sauce is pretty darn good. Its super informal and chill. My only complaint...There use of freedom of speech in decoration is just a bit too much...it almost makes me uncomfortable. Do some redecorating maybe more folks of... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I not usually a fan of BBQ but my husband is. We stopped for lunch. It was busy. We were seated right away. The staff was friendly and efficient. We both enjoyed our meal. I really appreciated that sauce was basically on the side so I could add as much, or in my case, as little as I wanted. If... More 

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florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We liked everything. The meat. The sides and even the tea and beer. The place was full and everyone was happy to be there

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 311 Westgate Plz, Franklin, NC 28734-9012
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: 828-349-4743

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?