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American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Buddy's has been a local fave for years. Your standard "wet" (vs dry rub) BBQ, with a sweet/smokey flavor. Their slaw is great, the pulled pork sandwich popular. Affordable, and service is prompt, dine in or take out.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed May 5, 2019

I had the ribs and was surprised at the quantity and quality of the meat. My husband had the pork BBQ. Beans were one of my sides and they tasted like they came right out of a can of Campbell's Pork and Beans, coleslaw was...okay. Have never had hush puppies as a side for BBQ. Cheap, fast service.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 4, 2019

This is what you'd consider the East Knoxville Buddy's Bar-B-Q. Food is good. Desert are good. Service is exceptional. It's all good!

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

Ever since my college days in Knoxville, I have loved Buddy’s! My car can’t drive through Knoxville without stopping! It must be hereditary because I’m driving my son’s truck today and I’ll be darned if it didn’t do the same thing!

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed December 3, 2017

this is affordable and fast barbecue. Not the most amazing barbecue you'll find anywhere, but the concept is good and the food is good enough. Yes, the corn on the cob wasn't amazing and I've never been a huge fan of hush puppies...but I'd go...back.More

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

The best thing about this restaurant was the customer service. The 80s music was fun. The accolades, sadly, end there. His corn on the cob was rubbery and had a strange sour taste. His shredded chicken sandwich had bones in it. His baked beans were...fine. My chicken covered potato was fine. The moldy ceiling tile grossed me out. The worn out, lumpy, pokey seat was complimented nicely with the wobbly table and the bowed trays our food was served on. Sorry Buddy, I wanted to like you.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

I do frequent this location because it's near my work. The food is just as good as any other buddy's bbq. Nothing wrong there. Quite frequently though, I could sit in the drive-thru line or inside line for 20 minutes or more(total time waiting before...and after ordering). Of course if I'm just on my lunch break, that's severely inconvenient. I understand some food takes longer than others, but I don't order the same thing every time, and yet almost every time I'm still waiting a long time.More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed July 16, 2017

I have ate a lot of styles of BBQ and I believe Buddy's is the best. I enjoy a BBQ sandwich(on Bun) with coleslaw on side.I prefer pork my wife ate Beef BBQ, you have to try their hot fudge cake best around. Have tried...it all and have always been pleased.More

Date of visit: March 2017
Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

The food was great and the staff was fast and friendly. We would go here again. The kids and I had ribs...my husband had a pork sandwich. Great taste. The potato salad tasted like what my grandma used to make. Yum

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

We had our first visit to Buddy's and we loved it!! The order taker/ cashier was so friendly. She gave a few extra hush puppies and refilled the ribs three times.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Yes, Buddy's Bar-B-Q offers takeout services.

Buddy's Bar-B-Q is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5