First, it's important to understand that Bobby Ray's is a local, family-owned restaurant in a rough neighborhood. If pick-up football games with shirtless teenagers in the parking lot outside your window bother you, you probably don't want to eat here. If the occasional, possibly intoxicated vagrant loitering around the building unsettles you, you'll likely want to go elsewhere. Or call in your order, pick it up quickly and leave. Also, there is no A/C. The staff will usually offer to position a fan next to your table during hotter weather but you'll probably still sweat if you visit during daylight in the Summer.
These things don't stop my wife and I from eating here at least once a month. We've never had an incident with anyone threatening or otherwise mistreating us and we are usually the only ones in the restaurant who are obviously not from the neighborhood. The staff and other patrons have always been friendly.
I'm a bit miffed by other reviews mentioning high prices and small portions. Even the people I know who don't like Bobby Ray's agree that the prices are low and the portions are large. The Rib Dinner, for $10 is a large stack of ribs with baked beans and potato salad. I am not a light eater and I can just barely finish it by myself. For reference, my wife and I average about $38 at Famous Dave's with one drink and no dessert and we leave with no leftovers. We have never spent more than $25 at Bobby Ray's and when we did, we left with enough food for lunch the next day. We usually share the Rib Dinner and a side of potato salad and spend about $15.
As for the food, it is not gourmet-style barbeque with light-sauce or dry-rub with interesting, carefully chosen seasonings intended to excite your sense of edible artistry. It is heavily-sauced, smokey barbeque that's tender and moist when it comes slow-cooked out of the giant grill in front of the restaurant. If that sounds like a good taste to you, you should taste Bobby Ray's barbecue.
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