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Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ - CLOSED

1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
+1 318-513-9966
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Nov 16, 2016
“No longer exists”
Mar 20, 2015
“New Name, same good food”
Restaurant Hours Closed
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American, Barbecue
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1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
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11 - 20 of 43 reviews

Reviewed June 25, 2014

Dowling's is consistently good. The meat is fresh and well-seasoned. I usually order the pulled chicken sandwich, but I love their sausage sandwich too. They get the meat-to-bread ratio of their sandwiches right. I have not tried their other menu items because I love their...More

Thank SaltyVeruca
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2014

Dear SaltyVeruca, Thank you so much for your kind words about Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ! We know there are many great restaurants in Ruston and truly appreciate you dining with us. We look forward to having you as a guest of ours for years and years...More

Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have eaten BBQ in Memphis, Kansas City and Austin/Hill Country and this stacks up! Go with any sandwich on Sourdough Wheat Bun. Baked Beans are also a good way to go for your side. Sure, you might have to wait in line - but...More

1  Thank Jestermonkey
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2014

Dear Jestermonkey, Thank you so much for your kind words about your visit to Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ! There are many great restaurants in Ruston and we are honored that you chose to dine with us. I have eaten BBQ in the places you mentioned in...More

Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

We toured L.A Tech with my son and wanted to grab a bite to eat. After driving through downtown Ruston and not finding much, I did a search on T. A. and the BBQ place was rated quite high. The first impression from outside was...More

Thank llanx
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2014

Dear llanx, Thank-you so much for choosing to dine with us at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ and for taking time out of your day to write such a great review! We have plans to be in a new location very soon which will more adequately serve...More

Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

Took a chance on Dowling's during a cross-country road trip. We were so sick of fast food and this place hit the spot. Right off the highway, really decent BBQ (though not the best we'd ever had). Great for a quick meal. Recommend the "scatter...More

Thank Jessica B
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2014

Dear Jessica B, Thanks for giving Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ a chance while on your cross-country roadtrip! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Scatterload Sandwich -- it is one of the most popular sandwiches that we serve. Please be safe on your trip and visit...More

Reviewed May 9, 2014

So I'm in Ruston for a graduation ceremony and I'm starving! I check TA and this gem pops up...now I'm from TX where BBQ is king but i can honestly say I ate the best bbq here! I walked in planning on ordering a basket...More

Thank cyntxqt
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2014

Dear cyntxqt, Wow! That is among one of the best reviews Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ has ever received! And from a "Texan" too -- where BBQ is king and they know what makes it good! Thank-you so much for visiting us during your time in Ruston....More

Reviewed April 26, 2014

Thought we would try it because never had been there. The food was good, however I thought it was overpriced for what you got. Was not crazy about atmosphere. Didn,t go back.More

Thank Linda B
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2014

Dear Linda B, I want to personally apologize that you were not pleased with your visit to Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ. I am not sure what your are specifically referencing in your review as to the "atmosphere" but we are committed to trying our best to...More

Reviewed March 13, 2014

You know it's good before you go in because there is a line out the door waiting to order. So I got in the line and placed my order to go. I ordered the scatterload on white bread. I GOT a brisket sandwich on whole...More

1  Thank decoho
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2014

Dear decoho, let me start by apologizing for the mix-up on your sandwich. It sounds like we apparently grabbed the wrong bag when delivering orders to our "to go" guests. I am really sorry that happened! I am, however, happy that you enjoyed the Chopped...More

Reviewed March 9, 2014

My husband and I, live in Ruston. Dowling's have great BBQ. You will not go wrong with anything you choose. The Ribs are our favorite. But also love the chopped beef sandwiches. Homemade fried pies are only available on Wed. Thurs, and Fridays. Best in...More

1  Thank scubadeb126
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2014

Dear scubadeb126, I want to personally thank you for your kind words about Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ. I am thrilled to read of your positive experience with the restaurant and hope that you continue to visit us for many years to come. We so appreciate guests...More

Reviewed February 28, 2014

Stopped in on the way to a LaTech game. Crowd was heavier than a normal day. Like most BBQ places, the later in the day you go the chance they will be sold out of a few things. I ended up with a pulled pork...More

Thank Michael B
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2014

Dear Michael B, thank you for visiting Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ prior to the La Tech basketball game. Please accept my sincerest apology that the service was not up to the level that you felt suitable. The hour or so before and up to the start...More

Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Best BBQ I've ever had. It's cooked to absolute perfection every time. Not a great parking lot, location, or dinning area, but does anyone go anywhere for the scenery? Absolute best. You can't make a better decision for your lunch or family dinners (order their...More

1  Thank notfunnynicki
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2014

Dear notfunnynicki, thanks so much for your kind words about Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ! We are thrilled that you love our BBQ as much as you do and are truly honored that you chose to dine with us and leave such a great review! Please come...More

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Restaurant Details

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Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Ruston
  • Phone Number: +1 318-513-9966
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