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American, Cafe, Barbecue
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was just wanting a good char grilled burger today and PDPC delivered! Tender with good smoky flavor but not overpowering and of course with all the dressings like I like it. My husband got the ribs and of course, I had to try them and...they were also delicious! Not to mention, I had to get an order to go of the famous "Rainbow" sandwich and the award winning banana pudding for later that night. Yummm! Shout out to the staff for their attentiveness and service! Already looking forward to visiting this place again when in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022 via mobile

First time eating here and the food didn't disappoint! The nachos were amazing! Husband had the loaded potato and was worried it wouldn't be enough. Definitely plenty. Portion sizes were great! 10/10 would recommend!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 17, 2022

This was a very pleasant surprise for a late afternoon lunch following our tour or Rock City and the Incline. The food was delicious and a nice sized portion. I had the small rib combo and my wife had the hot dog with slaw. The...service was prompt and friendly. They checked back to make sure we didn't need anything and kept our drinks topped off. This is not a large place and the atmosphere is akin to what a rib shack should be. Not overly ample parking, but we didn't have any issue finding a spot. I ate the ribs as a dry rub and only tasted the BBQ sauces. No Carolina sauce appeared to be available. The usual 3 sauces: Regular, Hot, and Sweet. All were OK. The small plate gave me about 6 delicious, nicely cooked ribs. I would eat here again.More

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

Website and social media reviews all state open hours on Sunday but we exited the interstate while passing through town to find this incorrect. Closed on Sunday. Will try again another time through town.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022

This small diner offers meats barbecued onsite and lighter fare. We had the smoked chicken sandwich and the Rainbow sandwich. I would've taken a pint of the cucumber spread to go if I could! It gets crowded so prepare to search for parking and wait...for a seat. But the staff is sweet and the beer is cold so the wait isn't bad.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 31, 2022 via mobile

Great food! Restaurant could use a refresh. The barbecue and sides were really very good and worth going, but a thorough restaurant refresh would quiet any niggling doubt.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

Very good lunch today. Service was fast and friendly. The unique triple decker sandwich was great. Pimento cheese, chicken salad and cucumber salad! We shared a banana pudding and it was incredible!!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 1, 2022 via mobile

Very friendly and great food. Based on other reviews we tried both the fruit tea and the banana pudding, both of which we agree are fantastic! I really enjoyed the rainbow sandwich too. Would visit again.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 25, 2022 via mobile

I had the pork nachos and banana cream pie. Both were outstanding. I had the fruit tea and it was probably the best tea I’ve ever had. Prices were reasonable and the service was outstanding!!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 29, 2022 via mobile

Ribs were amazing! So good! Service was average. They aren't the friendliest but get you your food fast! I love the old style of the place.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022 via mobile

We were at Roby Falls late afternoon and decided to have a late lunch. Ran into this spot right at incline rail start. What a great surprise!! The service was excellent. Very friendly and quick. The food was really good. I had the three rib...combo with chicken. Really good real smoke flavor and the ribs were perfectly done slightly fall off the bone. My wife had the stuffed potato be ready to eat it was huge. Smoked chicken and all the fixings. And my child had the Nachos really good. We topped it off with an Alabama mud dessert great!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 21, 2022 via mobile

Good food. Service was good until it wasn’t. Service started out fine but then completely disappeared once our food arrived. We were done eating for a solid 15-20 minutes before they came to check on us, ask if we wanted dessert, etc (able to finish...eating, wait for a while, change two different kids diapers). The restaurant wasn’t even particularly busy - it was slow enough that the waitress ate dinner, hung out at the register, etc.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 7, 2022

Stopped for lunch after Rock City visit. The bbq was tasty and great smoke flavor. Spicy slaw a nice change from basic slaw.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 10, 2022 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch while traveling through. We shared a platter with 3 ribs and pulled pork. It came with two sides and Texas toast. We opted for slaw and hash brown casserole. Both were very good. The platter was $16 which seemed fair. Ribs...fell off bones. My husband said that they weren’t the most flavorful ribs he’s had, but he enjoyed them. Service was excellent. We took a banana pudding to-go based on the reviews and it was very good. I’m not usually a fan of such things, but it was really yummy. Definitely a good find!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 31, 2021 via mobile

Nice, groovy and original place in Chattanooga, with delicious bbq sandwiches, quick service and good prices. Will come back some day to see how the bbq ribs are.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Sandy H
June 14, 2016|
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Response from Amber W | Reviewed this property |
They have a small lot right in front of the restaurant. Very convenient.
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March 16, 2016|
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Response from ChattaElder | Reviewed this property |
The menu is classic BBQ entrees, hot dogs and a few salads. There is not a specific "gluten free" anywhere on the menu.
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Nope, definitely not your spot.
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