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“Just ok...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Official Barbecue

Official Barbecue
6295 Lyter's Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17111
7175642152
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Ranked #5 of 461 Restaurants in Harrisburg
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene
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Good for: Bar scene
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Just ok...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had seen so many glowing reviews that we were sure this would be a great spot for dinner - sadly it was disappointing. They have three types of BBQ (that I saw on the menu) pulled sandwich, ribs and brisket. Since it was our first time we pondered the menu for a few minutes trying to decide. When we stepped up to order my husband asked for ribs - no ribs, then he asked for brisket - no brisket. Um ok, sandwich it is. The young lady never mentioned it when she watched us take a menu and read it. There were about 6 people in there, other than us, and two people came in for pick up on a Friday night. Seemed odd to be out of 2/3 of your BBQ. The fries were pretty brown (which I *LOVE* but my husband said they were over cooked - more for me!) and the grilled cheese seemed more like a cheese spread that did not melt between the bread - it tasted good, but as it glopped onto my plate made me cringe a little. They have an excellent array of drinks - tried some Maine sodas that were awesome! It felt like college friends starting a restaurant - working on it, just not there yet. Maybe next time we are there we will give it second shot.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Will go again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Good food. Friendly service. Good value for your money. Kid friendly casual barbecue restaurant. No kid menu but portions are generous so it's easy to share. Order at the counter, self serve drinks, food is delivered to table on metal trays.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Nice BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I decided to come here based on Trip Advisor's recommendation. Tried the baby back ribs, very strong smoke flavor. A little dry for my taste but still tender. There smoked chicken wings was a pleasant surprise. The pulled pork sandwich also pleased the table. I have to get used to the Carolina bbq sauce(a little watery). I enjoyed the original bbq sauce alot better. The kids had the hot dog, crisp just the way I like them. They lost me with the mac n cheese, I think they used white cheddar. Baked beans had a smorgasbord of flavor. If you're in Hershey, Harrisburg, or vicinity check them out!

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“(14 hour) slow-cooked BBQ-worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It feels like you are driving way out into nowhere, but it's worth the trip. Not delicious BBQ and burgers, but huge portions of amazing fries and their special Carolina sauce makes it a perfect spot for a BBQ foodie.

Also loved the zesty potato salad, great selection of root beer, vanilla creme, unique bottle sodas, and the Heisler's Ice Cream (a very special treat imported from a small dairy in Schuykill Co.)

(It's BYOB)

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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aliquippa , Pa
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25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“What a find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

In Harrisburg pa for one night by myself and did not want to eat in the hotel. Looked on Trip Advisor and found Original Barbecue and I am glad I did. Great chili but most of all really really good barbecue. Ribs, pulled pork honestly the best I have had. Not so easy to find without a iPhone and not much to look at on the outside but don't let that jeep you from going in. Clean, friendly and excellent food.

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