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“Pistol-Packin Mamas” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bill Johnson's Big Apple

Bill Johnson's Big Apple
3757 Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85008
602-275-2107
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Ranked #385 of 2,583 Restaurants in Phoenix
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Pistol-Packin Mamas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I have loved this place since I was a kid. Great barbecue; and the 45s on those waitresses (I mean the pistols) have always intrigued me.

Visited July 2012
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Marathon, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Moderate but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Low key atmosphere.
Great waitress, Missy did a super job,
Steak was good and prices were very reasonable.

Visited March 2012
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Colcord, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Bill Johnson's Big Apple Restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Food was average, unique atsmosphere, friendly service.

Visited March 2012
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Glendale, Arizona
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522 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 158 cities Reviews in 158 cities
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
“As western as a dude ranch, an Arizona tradition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

The waitresses still carry six guns and they still have saw dust on the floor but the board of health made them take the dishes of hot yellow peppers off the table. (You have to ask for them). Same story with the barbecue sauce, they have a number of different types but you have to ask for a different type. The good news is they still include biscuits and country gravy with any breakfast egg order at no charge. They still serve a lot of food per order. This is not gourmet dining but then it's a dude ranch...Dude

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“OK Q but they are very attentive.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

BBQ was average but the service was good and the manager walked around and spoke to each table. They genuinely care that you enjoy your meal. They give you an apple fritter or something like it for a free appetizer.

Visited November 2011
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