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Ken-Tex Bar-B-Q

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1163 Mount Eden Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065-7818
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Austin, TX
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79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fine little BBQ place. Brisket was moist and tender and the side of sauce was just right. Near closing time but young man at counter served me with a smile. A very good change from the normal fast food options along an interstate.

Thank Hensaustin
Mount Eden, KY, United States
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is what you'd expect. Small BBQ joint with nothing fancy. Staff are young but very polite. Food is a great value and phenomenal brisket.

Thank Brandon Cliffor S
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Nice little BBQ joint close to the interstate. Good service and food - especially the brisket. Not much choice of sauces.

Thank ts7travel
Versailles, Kentucky
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123 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Came with a large party.. The Sweet Tea & Fries were good.. The pulled pork had an odd taste to it. The pulled chicken was gross... The barbecue sauce was really bad.. It tasted like 50% vinegar. The staff were nice and friendly. However out of our party of 17, we had 3 family members get sick and end up... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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79 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I had to write a review of this place, given some of the negative comments. First, it's not perfect, but that's OK. What counts for me is that the meat is great, and it is. The sides are not, though the stew was pretty good. Staff was friendly and efficient. Nothing fancy about how this place operates, how it looks... More 

Thank speedz2
Shelbyville, Kentucky
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I lived in Texas for 13 years, so I know what I'm talking about when it comes to good BBQ. Ken-Tex is the only place I buy brisket. The pulled pork is also excellent, and you can't go wrong with the pork loin. The potato salad is very good as well.

Thank Dan P
Versailles, Kentucky
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79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Not fancy, with no atmosphere, unless you count "authentic country BBQ Joint" style as a genre. BBQ(chopped pork) was pretty good (Good but I have had better), sides were great (potato salad and cole slaw). Lots of food for lunch. If you are tired of burger chains and want to step back for some traditional small town America road food... More 

Thank racehorses
Shanghai Region, China
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I frequent this place. I lived in Dallas Texas for many years and grew very fond of the BBQ style from there. This is as good as most of the better BBQ "joints" in north central Texas. It ain't cheap but boy is sure is good

Thank eaglestar
Shelbyville, KY
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

And I now know what I have been missing. I noticed a few said it was run down.....honey, if you want real BBQ you don't go to the glitz and glamour of a Chain. You go local, old, and yes even run down. That means they've been in business for a long time.....without large advertising campaigns, but by the grace... More 

Thank TravelCrazyINC
Evergreen, Colorado
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Arrived last night for dinner to try Ken-Tex. Approximately 5:30. Parking lot was empty. "Here's your sign". Entered to three young hostesses sitting in the back watching television. Almost as if they could not be bothered to assist. And there was nobody else in the restaurant. Filthy and run down inside. One table wasn't clear, others were poorly cleaned. Ketchup... More 

2 Thank hilliss

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1163 Mount Eden Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065-7818
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Shelbyville
  • Phone Number: 502-633-2463

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