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Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que

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119 W Ward St, Centerville, TN 37033-1631
+1 931-729-2131
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Hours:
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

I have eaten BBQ at this old fashioned pit cooked place for years. The owner knows how to smoke his meats the old fashioned way; very slow. The pulled pork plate with either white or baked beans, corn cakes, and either mayor or vinegar slaw is as fine as BBQ plate you will find in middle TN. It is always... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We were actually at Papa Kayjoe's East. Same people, same food just a few miles closer to Nashville in Lyles, TN. Very tasty barbecue and sides. My favorite part was that you can get it served on cornbread (hoe cakes.) To me, it is so much better that way. Well worth the drive out I-40 or hwy 100.

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Waverly, Tennessee
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

We drove from Waverly Tennessee to have be, we loved this place when we ate here before! Unfortunately it must've burned because there was yellow tape blocking the drive and the windows were all busted out and you could see the blacked smoke damage thruout . So sad! I hope they can rebuild . Condolences to the owners.

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Devin P, Owner at Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que, responded to this review

We are so sorry you drove all the way over here. Thank you so much for your well wishes and prayers. We plan on rebuilding ASAP. Hope to see you again in a few months! More 

Ringgold, Georgia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

If you want to eat the best BBQ that you have ever had, you must make the trip to Papa Kayjoe's. You will not be disappointed! The pitmaster slow cooks the BBQ over hickory coals until it is ready to eat. You can tell he takes a great deal of pride in what he does, the BBQ is absolutely delicious.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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167 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

When you drive by this place, you get that "I've GOT to try this" feeling. It is very small with limited seating. They do the "peanuts on the table" thing like a Logan's steakhouse to keep you busy while waiting form the food. The staff is very hospitable and pleasant. There is obviously a lot of take-out business. We stopped... More 

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Rome, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The food was great. They gave large portions for a very reasonable price. The seating was limited but they were not busy when we visited.

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Rome
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

We've been traveling for two weeks across the States and this is by far the best meal we had. Great food, great ambience, friendly staff, spent 8 dollars each. Loved it.

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Mason
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My in-laws live in Centerville and there is always some of there pulled pork at the house when we go to visit the family. I would place this place better the "Jim and Nick BBQ" any day of the week.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Hot coals, a shovel, lard. These are the simple secrets to great food at Papa Kayjoes in Centerville, TN. Undoubtedly off the beaten path, this BBQ heaven is worth the trip from interstate 40, Natchez Trace Parkway or points beyond. Devin Pickard has perfected the no frills process of melting the Boston butt until it is fired to perfection with... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Another take on BBQ! It was good, if a little 'wet' for our tastes. The best part was the cornbread! I almost told the waitress to leave it out but I am glad I didn't. What did she call it, a 'hoe cake'? Who knows, but it was pretty dang good! The rest of the food was average to me,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
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: 119 W Ward St, Centerville, TN 37033-1631
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Centerville
  • Phone Number: +1 931-729-2131

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