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“Pigs only wish they can become a meal here”
Review of Ridgewood Barbecue

Ridgewood Barbecue
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Bluff City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kingsport, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pigs only wish they can become a meal here”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

There are certain moments in life that you always remember. Your first kiss... your first car... the time you put a marshmallow in the microwave to see what would happen... and the first time you ate at Ridgewood.

Words cannot describe the delicious smokey flavor that is somehow imbued into every succulent bite. I can only imagine that pigs gather in a sauna like contraption and smoke for years to acquire this level of woodsiness.

The baked beans are so good you will contemplate mugging the booth next to you just to eat their plate. And the slaw... OMG the slaw.

If you're ever where the middle of nowhere meets BFE you have to stop by. Get there early, the gravel parking lot fills up fast and the wait can be long... but so so worth it.

  • Visited May 2014
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Bristol
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The Best the Tri-Cities area has to offer...”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

If someone visiting the Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol area asked me to recommend one place to eat, without a doubt, Ridgewood BBQ would be it.

If traveling through the area, don't miss it. Just call ahead because their hours can be a bit tricky some days.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank dshreeves
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“extraordinary!!”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

heard about this place on internet as being one of the best--is the best!! service is great-it's not a sit and dine place--order enjoy and leave. They have it together. Food is totally excellent--we asked the local visitors center and they recommended one sandwich with slaw on side--must try blu cheese side-fries are great and the baked bean were just good (nothing to brag about)' that fed me and my girl with no problem. the sauce was perfect for the pork sandwich and NOT an ounce of fat or grizzle to be found. top shelf b-b-q. highly recommend !!

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Thomas R
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Elizabethton, Tennessee
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“The best barbecue on the planet”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

We have eaten at Ridgewood at least once a week for more years than I care to count. The sliced pork is the thing, thin sliced and plentiful. The sides are good too, especially the slaw. They have two kinds of slaw, one for sandwiches and a much better one to go with plate dinners. Don't know why this is, but they don't make many changes. The reason they don't have ribs is that the pork is really ham and that is all they buy. The service first class once they know you and they have become like family. They are closed from 2:30 to 4:30 on Friday and Saturday before re-opening for dinner. The place in deep in the holler and right up against a mountain, so there is limited parking. They could use traffic control during peak hours. We try to go during midafternoon when it is slower. The blue cheese dressing is homemade and very good.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank Gary G
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“Don't judge a restaurant by the exterior”
Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

The greasy decor only adds to the appeal of the atmosphere. Loved the food and well worth the wait!! Excellent homemade blue cheese dressing, delicious barbecue beans that should be in a class by themselves and by far the best barbecue sandwich we've eaten! Tempted to say it was terrible just to keep the lines at bay for our next visit!

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