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“Average food, brisket was not as expected!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of JJ McBrewster's - CLOSED

JJ McBrewster's
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Saginaw, MI
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66 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Average food, brisket was not as expected!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here while on our way to Gatlinburg because we saw it on Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives. It was good but a little disappointing. The pulled pork was delicious, especially with the special sauces, but everything else seemed average. The biggest disappointment was the brisket. On the show, it had a beautiful bark and looked like a prime piece of brisket. However, ours was very fatty and had no bark. The only flavor came from the sauce. I would not recommend the brisket! There are better options on the menu.

Visited May 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Yum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Traveling through Kentucky and stopped here because of the show diners drive-ins and dives! We were not disappointed! Food was very good!

  • Visited July 2013
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Cortlandt Manor
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“"Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" yea right! This was good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

We heard about this place on the TV show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and we were in the area so we made a trip. Defiantly worth it. The decor was nice and the staff was very professional. Not a dive at all. The food was great and the sauces lived up to the shows reviews; so much so that we left with 6 bottles of the stuff.

  • Visited July 2013
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Glad we gave this a try!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Passing through Lexington and stopped based on Diners and Dives recommendation. Glad we didn't listen to last couple reviews. Split a 1/4chicken dinner and added a1/4 rack ribs. Meats were very moist and tender. Especially loved the ribs. Enjoyed selecting from 4 sauces at the table. Sides-slaw and Mac and cheese were so so, but meat and corn muffin were delish! We'll be back. Kudos to our waitress Katie.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Cindy1mac
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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“First time Guy Fieri has let me down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

After seeing Guy Fieri's show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives about JJ McBrewsters in Lexington KY, we thought we had to give it a try next time we were in Lexington. Well we gave it a try and I have to say Guy let us down. At best it is an average BBQ joint. The atmosphere is nice and the service was attentive and friendly but the food was average. If you want the mutton that Guy raved about you have to call ahead because they seldom have it according to the waitress. The smoked sausage recommend by the staff looked and tasted like a Ballpark hot dog. The pulled pork was very tender but the sauces were average. Again I am not saying don't go there, just adjust your expectations.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Ron W
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