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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

3 of us went... all of us got more than we expected. From the stuffed potatoes with chopped pork to the spare ribs, nice dry rub with a solid balance of smoke. Prices were super reasonable to go with service that was exceptionally friendly. Whenever...I am in the area I will be back!More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, great atmosphere. The owner is very friendly, staff is friendly. Prices are great. If there was more than a 5 star rating they would get it.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

excellent food!!! I had a small bbq sandwich with brunswick stew!! the stew is top notch!!! Best food!

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 17, 2022 via mobile

Excellent BBQ at an unassuming location. The food was plentiful and delicious. The owner was very friendly and the new girl that was training did a good job. So glad I followed recommendations from trip advisor. The baked potato was huge and we even order...one to go for dinner. Highly recommend to make a stop if you are in the area!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 25, 2022

Chose this restaurant to meet up with family from out of town. Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. It has been a while since I've visited a non-chain that provided good value and quality food. Please stop by and visit this place if you can. (keep...in mind the limited indoor seating). Only wish I had room to try dessert!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 17, 2022

We were on holiday in Chattanooga from London, UK looking for some really good BBQ food and so visited the Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que on Sunday for a late lunch. Must say it was a amazing luck we found the best BBQ place in town!! My...sister and I chose the ribs with a variety of sides. the coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans were very good. My husband had the special loaded baked potato with ribs as a side as well as other sides. The ribs were melt in your mouth delicious. The BBQ sauce is homemade. The dry rub on the ribs was so good we bought some of the spice mix to try back home. We shared a slice of apple pie which was homemade and very good. The owner explained the menu and made recommendations when asked. Both he and his son provided great service. Definitely highly recommend. Definitely would go back again when next in Chattanooga.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 31, 2022 via mobile

Best BBQ and burgers. High ratings are well deserved. We brought our family in and the owner and his son took such good care of us! Pork plate is a must!! Burgers are huge and so tasty. Ribs have a wonderful dry rub. The drive...thru was busy the whole time we were there. The locals know this is the best. Will stop here every time we visit Chattanooga.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 24, 2022 via mobile

My family and I ate here for lunch. The ribs were really good. I really like the BBQ sauce. Service was ok. They seemed a little short staffed, but that seems to be the norm everywhere. Prices were decent. I would go back.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 13, 2022 via mobile

Wonderfully simple and small restaurant. Seating for maybe 20 people or so. Excellent BBQ, serving both beef and pork. Very reasonable prices.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed February 15, 2022 via mobile

Mmmm, mmmm, good! We found this treasure while passing through Chattanooga on a road trip. The meat on the ribs was so tender that it fell off the bone. The sides were delicious and fresh. We’ll be back!

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed January 9, 2022 via mobile

Wow! We were passing through Chattanooga and stopped for a late lunch. Our extended family of 9 adults took up 2 of the 5 indoor tables. The servers were attentive and very busy working the tables and the drive thru. They didn’t skip a beat....The food was served hot, in nice size proportions and had great flavor. We had ribs, Brunswick stew, chopped pork sandwiches, a grilled cheese, a BLT and chili along with sides of fries, tots, flavorful coleslaw & potato salad. Couldn’t pass up the fried pickles & fried okra! We will stop again our next time to Chattanooga!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed November 19, 2021

Working in area for 3 months and thought I would give this place a try. The first time I went through the drive thru. Placed my order with the kid at the window. When I finish giving my order he says, "there's a 10% price...increase on the meat, so the price won't be the same as what's on the menu." I said ok. I also ordered brunswick stew as my side. He asked me to hold on because he thought there would be an extra charge for brunswick stew (now on the menu it says meal comes with two sides. usually in a bbq restaurant stew is an option. No not here) So, I agreed to pay extra for stew. Then the kid says in a smart aleck manner..."well it's going to take a minute because there's only 3 of us here today." He goes into this spill about people had called in and the inside dining was full, blah, blah, blah. I don't care...just get me my food. I never sai d one word about having to wait. This kid tried so hard to get me to order. Then shut the drive thru if you are that short handed and just wait on people inside. Today, I tried to order GrubHub delivery from them. There was no way to order sides on the Grubhub site. So, I thought I would just call and tell them what two sides. Well, low and behold the smart aleck kid answered the phone. He started this spill about the meat price increase and the approved amount on my credit card wasn't going to cover it, blah, blah, blah. I asked if the bbq place delivered and he went into these details how his car only got 3miles to the gallon, and so and so didn't have a car and on and on. Again, he had no interest in selling me bbq. Not helpful at all. Well buster...you can keep your damn bbq. There are just too many restaurants in Chattanooga area to put up with your smart aleck self!! I won't try here again. So, I ordered from Sugar Ribs and had a nice meal delivered by GrubHub. Someone seriously needs to give him some customer service training.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 27, 2021

We were visiting Chattanooga area and wanted some good BBQ. We ordered beef and chicken. The chicken was good (but really, how can you mess up chicken.) The beef was dry and not very flavorful. The sides we ordered were tator tots, green beans and...corn on the cob. The tots and beans were not even warm. We waited forever for our food. Several couple came in, ordered, ate and left before we got our meal. Frustrating. Only two people working there. I would not recommend. 😕More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 15, 2021

We’re from Texas where BBQ is THE thing of foodies, right there with Mexican food. We enjoy trying BBQ from different regions and as we were passing through Chattanooga, feeling pretty hungry, I did a quick Google search for top bbq joints and we picked...this place. So glad we did. He got the half chicken and first off, it was HUGE! The meat was flavorful and moist and just melted in your mouth. I got brisket plate and was thoroughly impressed. The bark of the brisket was perfect and the flavor was top notch. The Cole slaw was good, not overly creamy or too much dressing and the slaw itself was fresh and crisp. The green beans had a slight sweetness to them but just enough to be unique to me. The potato salad was good. The service though, man, incredible attentiveness and so friendly. This place definitely serves a different type of BBQ compared to what we have back home, but it’s not lacking in any way with how delicious it is.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

Not sure how this place is rated the best barbecue in Chattanooga. I admit some of the sides taste like "grandmother's recipes", but it wouldn't pass as the best barbecue even where I live (Central FL).

Date of visit: July 2021
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I would say likely not. As previous posts mention, this is practically a drive thru restaurant with a handful of tables.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que

Yes, Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que offers takeout services.

Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4