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“A True BBQ Joint” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hungry Bear BBQ #2

Hungry Bear BBQ #2
490 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
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Ranked #39 of 173 Restaurants in Gatlinburg
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Annandale, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A True BBQ Joint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Visiting Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you will see a few Hungry Bear restaurants around. This one, off of 321 is a small space for big appetites. The meats are well respected. Nice smoke ring on the brisket and ribs. The bark on the ribs has a nice chew and the pulled pork is lean.

The sides are good, the beans have almost as much pork in them as beans. The potato salad is not over sauced. Neither is the slaw. The brisket sandwich is great as is the pulled pork. Again, both were lean enough to satisfy my wife and young daughter.

You can eat inside or out, on tables with a roll of paper towels and three sauces: hot, mild, and sweet. The hot sauce has a nice vinegar tang to it and the mild has tons of flavor without the heat. The sweet was my daughter's favorite but was not overly sweet like some honey infused sauces in other places.

We visited twice on our vacation and on the second visit they ran out of ribs and chili. It was only 6 p.m.! It has a good reputation among the locals and for good reason. Definitely stop and order some great 'que.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Really good BBQ - which is what matters!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Everything is smoked daily at Hungry Bear and you can tell. Pulled pork tastes right off the smoker. Good southern sides, good portions too for the money.

If you enjoy smoked BBQ, you've gotta stop. It's authentic unlike most of the chains and overpriced restaurants in the area.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Akron, Ohio
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Mmm good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

We love bbq and this place will speak to your soul. The brisket is high quality and isn't full of fat. Wasn't impressed with the sides and they frequently run out of items. All in all it was great and we will be back for sure.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Hole in the Wall B-B-Q”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

Ordered pork sandwiches. Tried sweet sauce and the hot sauce. Loved the sweet sauce! Baked beans were delish! Reasonable prices. Location is great if you want to get away from the strip. Facilities are clean.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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