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Ridgewood Barbecue

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900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN 37618
423 538 7543
Today
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 160
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Potential for great barbeque, getting a bit inconsistent in quality

I have eaten (or gotten carryout) for decades at this establishment. It has mostly been fantastic pork barbeque sandwiches, beans, slaw, etc. However, the last couple of visits the sandwiches have been a bit inconsistent. Some are fine, the others a bit dry. It is always busy when open, so it must... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
VisitingProfessor_29
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I have eaten (or gotten carryout) for decades at this establishment. It has mostly been fantastic pork barbeque sandwiches, beans, slaw, etc. However, the last couple of visits the sandwiches have been a bit inconsistent. Some are fine, the others a bit dry. It is always busy when open, so it must be a challenge to maintain consistency in how... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My husband and I have driven here to eat 3 times in the past few months and they've been closed every time! Today is Friday 5/22 and its 5:33 pm. They're closed with no explanation! We drove 40 miles one-way today to eat here. There's a note on the door they'll be closed for vacation starting Sunday, May 31st. We're... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Absolutely the best BBQ in the area. A little out of the way but well worth the trip. About a mile off 19E towards Elizabethton.

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Bluff City, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This place has been around forever. Famous for its BBQ but it's about the dryers pork I've ever tasted. I go there for the blue cheese. Otherwise, it's just a local legend about this place.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

the hours of operating are a bit strange, so check the hours before you go. They close early weekdays and close from 2-4:30 on Saturdays . We ordered the barbecue platter and shared one for two of us. The baked beans were very different . Just be prepared to arrive 15 minutes early before opening and be aware that they... More 

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We were very excited about going to this restaurant. We had heard many great things about it. It is "rustic" meaning that the décor is simple and probably hasn't been touched since the 70s. That didn't bother us though. The setting is secluded and peaceful except for this restaurant which is a hive of activity. We lucked upon it at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

Great bbq but my favorite is the baked ham sandwich no one can beat it. A must try. I have had almost everything on the menu. Burger is great you can even have them cook it with the bbq sauce in it. If you like blue cheese you will love theirs. Is their own recipe and a must with crackers,... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We made our first visit today and we have lived less than 30 miles away for nearly 30 years. It won't be our last visit. My husband and I split a sliced BBQ pork platter, and we both left full and satisfied. The BBQ and all the sides were delish. We arrived at 4:15 on a Saturday afternoon, and there... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Ok so I must start out saying I've lived for the last 9 years in North Carolina, accustomed to Eastern Carolina BBQ (yum). With that being said, this smoky BBQ is pretty tasty. I ordered the platter. It was $16, but I was able to split it into three meals. They make their own blue cheese, which is some of... More 

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Monticello, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Great place. Love it! The bbq platters can feed two easy. You won't get the charm and homemade food at a chain.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN 37618
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Bluff City
  • Phone Number: 423 538 7543

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?