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“Good food, lacking in service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Willy's Barbecue

Blue Willy's Barbecue
1386 S Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
954-224-6120
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Ranked #5 of 301 Restaurants in Pompano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Glendale, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good food, lacking in service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We drove from West Palm Beach to get to Blue Willy's while on vacation with our teens. When we arrived, there was no parking, so we had to park a block away. Its on a very busy street. There are only picnic style tables and a counter to order from. The girl at the register was very low on customer service skills, but the guys working there were really nice. She was quick to take the order and kind of gave us looks when we asked about the items on the menu. I had to explain to her that it was our first time there, so we didnt know about the portions. We ordered Ribs and Pulled Pork and had some great sides. The collard greens and bbq beans were the best, the corn bread was just o.k., kind of on the cold side for me. The food was overall very good, but if you are short on time or out of the area, skip it. We had just come back from a cruise to the Bahamas and were on our way to the Ft. Lauderdale airport, so we thought we would give it a try. Probably worth it, if you live in the area, but not for an "out of state" visitor that's in a hurry. The food came out really quickly, but the girl was definitely not happy assisting first time customers.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

If they are serving barbecue in heaven then we bet it's Blue Willy's that is doing the catering.
Absolutely zero atmosphere except two people carving and serving up food -- served on the fine china of the barbcue world-a tray with brown paper on it! Menu is on a chalk board. If you really enjoy the sauces then you will have to bring a super taster with you to suss out the ingredients because Blue Willy's owner is not bottling it for sale. The portions are large, the food is delish and like many a good movie you'll want to revisit it because there is no way you've gotten the complete experience the first time.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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136 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Hard to find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

If there was a sign we did not see it. But we did find it. Very informal family run place. The BBQ was very good . PIcnic tables indoors is most of the seating . Menu on Board where you order.

Portions were large and enjoyed the food at this very bare bones decorated place.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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hunter
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Receipts Are a Rarity Here, So......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Make sure you bring a calculator so you are not overcharged. The cashier has quick hands and is good at slight of hand, so beware. Especially so, since ordering process is chaotic and disorganized. You need to ask for a receipt or you won't get one. Otherwise, food is tempting and quite good. No complaints there.

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Philadelphia
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Spectacular bbq”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This food blew us away. We thought nothing of driving 38 miles north to find a Sonny's bbq after they closed all their restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale area. But after that, this was a total surprise. The real deal. Wonderful smoked, barbecued meats. Great sides (collard greens, beans, mac & cheese, slaw). Spicy bbq sauce was sublime. Be prepared for a totally "rustic" space that did not even have the restaurant name out front, but it was killer bbq.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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