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Honey Bears Barbeque

$$ - $$$
Camelback East
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5012 E van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008-7007
+1 602-273-9148
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tampa, Florida
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Pork sandwich was smoky clean and tasty. Sauce is Memphis style and pretty sweet. Mac and cheese was excellent. Plus they have RC on fountain. I was passing through on business but was very satisfied except for the few flys that buzzed around.

Thank Ray4343
Lenoir City, Tennessee
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282 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well I had a pulled pork sandwich and collards. The collards were great the pork was good but the sauce was boring. No spicy sauce in the house. Kinda spartan not bad just not great. I would go back, not a bad place just average.

Thank Bones83
New Mexico
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Returning to the Van Buren Honey Bears is like a pilgrimage for me. For years I've told friends that some of the best bbq sauce could be found in Phoenix of all places. So I looked forward to my lunch yesterday after a couple of years being away. Given my reverence for this bastion of Tennessee bbq, I will only... More 

Thank FuserABQ
Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

If you like BBQ, you will love Honey Bears. Nothing fancy except the food. Great lunch place for out of towers on their way to the airport.

Thank elynch44
Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

On the way home from Phoenix Zoo stopped for lunch. The food is so good, large portions, took home and had lunch the next day also. The ribs are the best I ever had and the sauce is heaven. The sides are large also, I chose the mac n cheese and red potato salad and they kept well. Must try... More 

Thank Nora E
Toledo, Ohio
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

Instead of Mexican food, try this BBQ joint; very close to Heard Museum; nothing too fancy, but very good Southern BBQ; we also tried the Mac and Cheese side. It was delicious! Not too creamy. Real cheese they used. They also added a tint of coarse black pepper to give it a good kick. We loved it!

Thank Meadbakes
Mesa, Arizona
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Good food reasonably priced, convenient to visit, friendly staff, good service. I visited a couple of times in the past with friends.

Thank Mike N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Honey Bears was recommended to us by the clerk at the archeological museum for great local BBQ. For a group of 7, it was either here or Haps, but local won the day so off to Honey Bears we went. The food was good and alcoholic beverages were available ... So combo #3 and a beer was my choice. The... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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161 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Love their ribs and bbq sandwiches. Brings back the good ol' days. Get takeout and go to nearby Papago Park for a picnic. Peach cobbler is delightful.

Thank Christy H
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

If you had the worst experience here, man your life is good. If you don't eat food Mexicans cook, man your probably starving. I like this bbq spot. Friendly staff every time I've gone in with fam, friends, and solo. Honey bears has been around for a while and hasn't let me down yet. The only thing is, it's a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Barbecue, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5012 E van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008-7007
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Camelback East
  • Neighborhood: Camelback East
  • Phone Number: +1 602-273-9148

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?