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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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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 112
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    Very good
  • 38
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  • 10
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Okay BBQ for the price

This is family friendly restaurant that is very popular in Franklin. It is an okay BBQ for the price with good portion lunch/dinner menu. Service is good unless busy then they are stretched a little thin. Always worth a try.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Diane L
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Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is family friendly restaurant that is very popular in Franklin. It is an okay BBQ for the price with good portion lunch/dinner menu. Service is good unless busy then they are stretched a little thin. Always worth a try.

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Thank Diane L
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is my husbands top place to eat and I love the service but I feel that the quantities have went down and the price went up!

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Thank catdog66
Gainesville, Georgia
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into BBQ there is no better place in Franklin or within 100 miles. Fat Buddies food is fantastic and the prices are reasonable. The value is worth the price!

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Thank Richard W
Burlington, North Carolina, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We eat there every month or so and never have been disappointed. When folks visit we always take them there. Try the black eye peas as a side.......the very best!

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Thank Dennis J
Lakewood, CO
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Barbecue is the best in town although not many of the waitresses are friendly. They don't seem to be enjoying working here. The ribs are my favorite..the turkey and brisket are also very tasty.

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Thank SoHts
Jacksonville, Florida
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

For lunch we all had turkey, pulled pork, brisket and ribs. Each was good, but not anything out of the ordinary. Our food took a while to come out, but it was busy. The service was average. We were satisfied.

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Thank Katiefl
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Not the best ever in nc, but good menu w bbq favorites including pork, turkey, chicken, beef, burgers, fried okra etc. good for large group. prices reasonable, service good but a bit slow. Enjoyed the smoked turkey.

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Thank gfp76
Franklin, North Carolina
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143 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I've been eating at Fat Buddies for more than 15 years and they continue to serve really good BBQ and ribs. They are consistent and the servers try really hard to serve everyone with a smile. Prices have eased up a bit over the years so it is not a budget restaurant. Good selection of beer. The restaurant is very... More 

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Thank Tarheel43
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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99 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Great ribs. We have eaten at Fat Buddies for several years. Ribs are consistently tender and fall of the bones. Their Black-eyed Pea soup is excellent. Service is always attentive and friendly. Kick back with the locals and get some great baby-back ribs. Highly recommend!

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Thank Michael H
Zephyrhills, Florida
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

You can tell this is a local place, and they cater to the locals. They get priority in seating, drink refill, waitress. Service was a little slow when needing a drink reflill, seemed waitress was more interested in assisting other guest, other than us from out of town. BBQ was ok, pork was a little dry, not a good selection... More 

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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 Mountains  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: 828-349-4743

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?