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Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2000 E Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28152-6958
+1 704-482-8567
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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College Park, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have enjoyed this restaurant ever since Red Bridges and his wife started it over 60 years ago. The amazing thing to me is that they have maintained the quality and excellent service for all those years. Their daughter Debbie and now her children, Chase and his sister, continue the tradition. The meat is so good my wife won't put... More 

Thank Jim J
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service, historic location and good North Carolina BBQ. Chopped pork with the traditional red BBQ sauce is a good and authentic vinegar-based taste. Very reasonably priced and easy to get to.

Thank Frank F
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Red Bridges is located right off the major highway in Shelby, and their big sign ensures you can't miss it. They are very popular, so we went in the late afternoon. The atmosphere and menu are typical of small town NC BBQ restaurants, and the taste of the food is terrific! Prices are good, too. All in all, a great... More 

Thank Bowmanator22
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Got to see all the action sitting at the counter (there was also a random bag of pork rinds circulating which was nice to have while waiting for my supper). Super busy place with take-out/pick-up/eat-in. Portions were good size and super friendly staff.

Thank GatorMo
Salisbury, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

While working in the area I decided to stop by for dinner after reading all of the good reviews on TripAdvisor. If you pull up to a place & have trouble finding a place to park, it's usually for a good reason! I went up to the counter & waited my turn. I was greeted by a very friendly young... More 

1 Thank Kristin K
Fort Mill, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

I am from the lowcountry of SC and am not usually a fan of NC BBQ, but I am always willing to try it. We loved the sign of Bridges BBQ and decided to see how it was. A plate is 10.00 and that comes with enough food for leftovers, bbq, baked beans, fries, bbq slaw and hush puppies. The... More 

Thank BrittanyP38
kings mountian, nc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Food adequate as is the service. Neither is worthy of raving. At peak times, expect to have to stand just inside the door in a pocket of other standees. After you get a table, expect to be stared at by those still waiting. It gives me that 'hurry up and finish' feeling - not a pleasant eating atmosphere. May go... More 

1 Thank xsubmariner
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Wow...just wow...great food...great atmosphere...voted best in US...just off US74 in Shelby NC...you want great BBQ thus is the place...

Thank Bronc0maniac
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

You should go there it's has amazing bbq!!! They also have good hushpuppies. They serve soft drinks in a can and you have to pay for each can. Sweet tea is free refills.

Thank Joseph H
Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

It's all about the vinegar as the sauce is super vinegar based and the slaw has lots of vinegar. The menu is limited and includes no ribs or brisket. The locals luv the place, maybe because there are not a lot of great choices in the area. Overall a great vibe, good service and ok BBQ.

Thank riceland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2000 E Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28152-6958
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Shelby
  • Phone Number: +1 704-482-8567

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