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“Good Small Town BBQ”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bad Brad's Bar-b-q

Bad Brad's Bar-b-q
Ranked #13 of 22 Restaurants in Pawhuska
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Springfield, Missouri
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Good Small Town BBQ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

According to locals, this is a favorite haunt of Ted Turner's when he is in town (he owns a ranch close by). I can see why, it's very good BBQ!

I had a two meat plate with sliced beef brisket and sliced pork loin, and with two sides, a slice of bread, and iced tea was still under $10 with very sufficient portions. The brisket is good with a nice smoke flavor and moist. Note the pork is not pulled pork. This is the very lean loin that is the best part of a pig. The pork also has a good smoke flavor but is nice and moist as well.

The meats need no sauce to enjoy. If you insist on sauce, they have a mild that is on the sweet side and the hot has a strong pepper taste and very spicy, but still good flavor.

Make sure to visit Bad Brad's and tell Ted I said "Hi"! Enjoy!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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“Decent food, poor service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Recently remodeled, Bad Brad's Bar-B-Q is a place to get decent food at a reasonable price. Don't expect anything fancy, but if you're passing through Pawhuska it is probably one of the better joints to stop at.

Having said that, their customer service is poor. Refills? If you're lucky, or if you get them yourself. Service with a smile? Perhaps if you're famous, or someone else worth knowing. The average Joe gets less than average service, unfortunately.

Until recently, the portions were big enough to make their prices reasonable, but they seem to have shrunk and the price has slightly increased making it a little expensive for a small-town restaurant.

It is unlikely I will visit this place on my next visit to Pawhuska for business. Final tip: bring cash, they charge extra for credit card use under something like ten bucks.

  • Visited December 2012
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Tularosa, New Mexico
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98 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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“my second trip to Bad Brad's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We were fortunate to hit town the day before they closed for filming the next day.(a Julia Roberts Meryl Streep movie) They use quality meat and it was worth the drive to get there. I love the taste of the hot BBQ sauce too, but upon reading the label after we got home I was
disappointed to find it has High Fructose Corn Syrup in it, making me cross that off of my list.

  • Visited September 2012
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Waxahachie
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194 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Excellent bar-b-que”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had the two meat special with two sides. I had ribs and chicken which were excellent. My husband had brisket and ribs. He loved both. The sides of fried okra and cole slaw were good, too. I recommend this restaurant highly.

  • Visited September 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Smokey BBQ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

Bad Brad's was a nice looking restaurant and smelled of BBQ smoke. We ordered two brisket plates to go with coleslaw and baked beans. The brisket had a wonderful smoke flavor but could have been more tender. The coleslaw and beans were average.

Visited February 2012
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