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Hungry Bear BBQ # 1

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2263 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (Formerly Hungry Bear BBQ)
(865) 325-8048
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best BBQ Ever

We have been coming to Gatlinburg for years, and this is the one place we make sure to eat at every time we visit (at least once, but usually more). The bbq pork, ribs, brisket, baked beans, and green beans are so good. We love it! It's almost worth the 5-hr drive just to eat at Hungry Bear!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
LuckyClover11
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Huntington, West Virginia
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Huntington, West Virginia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We have been coming to Gatlinburg for years, and this is the one place we make sure to eat at every time we visit (at least once, but usually more). The bbq pork, ribs, brisket, baked beans, and green beans are so good. We love it! It's almost worth the 5-hr drive just to eat at Hungry Bear!

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I thought the BBQ Hungry Bear has was excellent. The chicken, pork, beef, and ribs were all juicy and tender. The ribs feel off the bone, which is good and bad for me. I like a little tug on my ribs. The sauces were ok.

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Burbank, Illinois
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

The roadside smoker lured us in. The employees were great. Had no problem that we had our dogs with us and actually gave us a couple of beef bones for our digs to enjoy. We are outside and enjoyed their BBQ and the dogs their bones.

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Warren, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We ate here and found the food to be a bit bland. The hot sauce was not very hot (as in not hot at all) and the meat had little flavor. It wan't bad or anything, just plain. They have take away so you could set up a picnic if you liked. The sides were pretty good. If you are... More 

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Monroe Twp., NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

No frills restaurant, but GOOD sandwiches! Order at the counter, get your own drink and bring your food to a table, inside or outside. The is definitely a step up from the usual fast food!

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Pulled pork sandwich great tasting meat, but long black hair in baked beans spoiled everything...wheat bun was stale, Cole slaw old...sandwich not hot...suggest servers wear head protection...this my 4 th , 5th visit...previously good...it was not busy and around 500pm...owner better check workers.

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Lansing, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Second time visiting Gatlinburg and couldn't wait to go back to Hungry Bear BBQ. They have excellent BBQ and we will be back next time we are in town.

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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We'd passed this several times going back and forth to Gatlinburg, etc, but were saving our day for today. The smell was great! If we only could live on that. You can get your BBQ in several ways. We choose the dinners that gave us the meat, two white rolls and two sides, your choice. My husband inhaled his. It... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We have 2 cabins in the area and visit often. We have been to almost every BBQ place in this area. Hungry Bear is by far the best and I am an avid smoker. The beef brisket was perfect (pull apart, moist, smoky flavor, NO FAT!) The sauces were perfect. The nice girl behind the counter gave me some to... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were on our way back to Gatlinburg after a morning of rafting, when the amazing smell of this restaurant made us pull over. Wow, was it good! I had the smoked beef brisket and my friend the pulled pork sandwich - and of course the different barbecue sauces! Yum! Price was ~ $12 for a sandwich, two sides, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 2263 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (Formerly Hungry Bear BBQ)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Sevier County  >  Gatlinburg
  • Phone Number: (865) 325-8048

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  • Cuisine: Barbecue

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