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Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que

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119 W Ward St, Centerville, TN 37033-1631
+1 931-729-2131
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Another take on BBQ! It was good, if a little 'wet' for our tastes. The best part was the cornbread! I almost told the waitress to leave it out but I am glad I didn't. What did she call it, a 'hoe cake'? Who knows, but it was pretty dang good! The rest of the food was average to me,... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Tony M
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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Rome
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We've been traveling for two weeks across the States and this is by far the best meal we had. Great food, great ambience, friendly staff, spent 8 dollars each. Loved it.

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Mason
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My in-laws live in Centerville and there is always some of there pulled pork at the house when we go to visit the family. I would place this place better the "Jim and Nick BBQ" any day of the week.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Hot coals, a shovel, lard. These are the simple secrets to great food at Papa Kayjoes in Centerville, TN. Undoubtedly off the beaten path, this BBQ heaven is worth the trip from interstate 40, Natchez Trace Parkway or points beyond. Devin Pickard has perfected the no frills process of melting the Boston butt until it is fired to perfection with... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Another take on BBQ! It was good, if a little 'wet' for our tastes. The best part was the cornbread! I almost told the waitress to leave it out but I am glad I didn't. What did she call it, a 'hoe cake'? Who knows, but it was pretty dang good! The rest of the food was average to me,... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Having lived around here for 4 of the last 9 years, I never got around to partaking of the Papa K experience until today. It lives up to it's celebrated reputation by delivering solid Bar-B-Que in a unassuming, comfortable, friendly fashion. They don't just have "sides" to go with their pork plate, they've got "deep-fried" sides that will blow you... More 

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Centerville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Good hambergers and pie, good service, nice place but Bar B Que is bland and mediocre at best. Eat anything but the Q.

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Devin P, Owner at Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que, responded to this review

Hello there. In general thank you very much for positive things you had to say about Papa KayJoe's BBQ. Of course, the disappointing thing for us is that you didn't care for the pork BBQ. We would very much like your input as to how we might improve that product. It seems from your bio that you live in or... More 

Spring Hill, Tennessee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Hours are listed wrong. Drove a long way with friends from out of state and was very disappointed. Had planned our day around it.

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Devin P, Owner at Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que, responded to this review

Please accept our deepest apologies for the incorrect hours listed here. We didn't realized they had not been updated. We will correct the problem ASAP. We hope you will have another opportunity to come see us again. When you do, please tell us who you are and you will get a free dessert on us. Again we apologize and hope... More 

Duck River, TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Love the bar-b-Que! We have eaten here beginning 13 years ago when moving to Duck River. Most of the time we pick up bar-b-que to eat at home. Love eating in though because the cornbread cakes are delicious. They have some of the best sweet tea around also! Son gets upset when it is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Devin and everyone at Papa KayJoe's treated us great! We stopped here on our 2014 BBQ Road Trip. We started in Charlotte, NC and stopped here on Saturday. We read about Devin's place online and it was worth the drive to get there. If you're anywhere near Centerville you gotta stop by!!!

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Ringgold, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I grew up in Centerville, TN and enjoyed going to Papa Kayjoe's on a weekly basis. They have the best BBQ I have ever had. Also the best sweet tea you will ever have, its even better than my wife's (hopefully she doesn't read this). This place is definitely worth the drive no matter how far away you live. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 119 W Ward St, Centerville, TN 37033-1631
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Centerville
  • Phone Number: +1 931-729-2131

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Wednesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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