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“Excellent meats; the sides, not so much” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hungry Bear BBQ # 1

Hungry Bear BBQ # 1
2263 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (Formerly Hungry Bear BBQ)
(865) 325-8048
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Ranked #17 of 173 restaurants in Gatlinburg
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Lafayette, California, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Excellent meats; the sides, not so much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

It's probably a little gauche to complain about the sides served at a barbecue restaurant because YOU'RE NOT THERE FOR THE SIDES; YOU'RE THERE FOR THE MEAT, EINSTEIN. Ok, fair enough, and the meat at the Hungry Bear is definitely delicioso! I had the pulled pork -- butter moist and wonderfully savory -- and the pork ribs, which so slow cooked that they actually were falling off the bone. Three sauces on the table -- sweet, mild, and hot -- all ably dressed the Q deliciously in a very Tennessee way. Wonderful barbecue! The sides, however, I'm not going to lie, were uneven. My cole slaw was good but the little container barely contained three forkfulls; the baked beans were pretty good but, again, came in a small portion; the corn on the cob was a major disappointment, not really even good enough to eat; the desserts looked like they were bought from somewhere else and not homemade. Any concerns I may have had about the sides, I will add, we're largely overwhelmed by my joy at finding a cold bottle of Cheerwine cherry soft drink, which perfectly complemented the dinner.

I'd definitely go back to the Hungry Bear for the meat but they need a new guy to work on the corn.

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“Best home cooked ribs you'll ever eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Wife loved the pulled chicken sandwich. 5 yr old loved his mac n cheese. You'll slap your 95 yr old grandma if she tried to take one of your ribs. Stopped by the day after and got a slab to bring home to Ga. The ribs even taste great two days later cold. This is a true mom and pop place so take the time to slow down and enjoy the only real food in pigeon forge/gatlinburg.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Yummmmm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed at Carr's Resort on Rt 321 North and there was a Hungry Bear right across the street. Its a small place but you can spot the smoker beside the highway puffing away. The first two days we were there we'd smell the BBQ smoke as we walked around the area. Finally on day three we were too tired to go out to eat so we picked up combo platters from the Hungry Bear. Hubby had BBQ chicken and pulled pork and I had brisket and pulled pork. Both were ample portions, cooked to perfection, and adequately seasoned. The prices are reasonable. If we'd tried it sooner we probably would have gone back. Would definitely recommend!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“WOW!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

BEST BBQ EVER!!!! We loved the small casual atmosphere and the delicious food! We ate at both locations during our 4 day stay in Gatlinburg, plus we ordered take-out from the location closest to town. If you are looking for fresh cooked, mouth watering BBQ visit Hungry Bear!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Outstanding BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had the 4 meat platter ( my wife and I shared). The meats were outstanding. We've eaten BBQ all over this area and this is the very best. But you are served on thin paper plates and plastic utinsels. You get 2 sides and they are very good but they are very small, about 3 or 4 bites. We ordered extra sides and it came to less than $20. bUT IF i WAS HUNGRY FOR BBQ i WOULD go there in a minute.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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