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best PHX BBQ for TX expat... TODAY!

amkirkland Oct 12, 2006 03:17 PM

where's the best BBQ I can get for lunch today near downtown or the 51 corridor? I don't want anything fancy, I don't get bbq for service, i'd rather a reasonable price, plus the brisket should be good, me being a Texan and all.


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  1. Firenza00 RE: amkirkland Oct 12, 2006 03:37 PM

    I lived in Dallas for 8 or 9 years, but I'm not a bbq expert. My favorite place is Joe's, but it's hell and gone in Gilbert. Honey Bear's BBQ usually gets good press, but I haven't been to the downtown location.

    1. themis RE: amkirkland Oct 12, 2006 03:50 PM

      Honey Bear's downtown is Central and about Thomas, red and white shack, west side. I don't think I've ever had the brisket but I don't flinch at recommending it to anyone, even a Texan. There's another location closer to Tempe around Van Buren, that's the one I've been to.

      Mmm, mac & cheese. Peach cobbler.

      Oh, actually, best brisket I know of is a place called The BBQ Company and it's hidden back in an industrial park. You will have to mapquest this, but when you get close, you'll know. About the time the smell hits you, you'll see the street lined with cars, as there's almost no parking. Every other Wednesday there's a buffet -- maybe you'll get lucky today! I found their website, here you go: http://www.thebbqco.com/

      edited: Holy crap, they've won a lot of awards.

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        amkirkland RE: themis Oct 12, 2006 04:49 PM

        In north phoenix today is thursday.

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        Phoenix Foodie RE: amkirkland Oct 12, 2006 07:43 PM

        I also highly recommend Honey Bear's. There's actually three locations, 2 in Phoenix (Central/ Thomas and 50th St/ Van Buren), and 1 in Tempe (Priest/ Elliot). http://www.honeybearbbq.com

        The newer Bobby Q's (Phoenix: 8501 N. 27th Ave) also has decent BBQ. http://www.bobbyq.net/

        And yea, Joe's in downtown Gilbert. http://www.joesrealbbq.com

        1. amkirkland RE: amkirkland Oct 12, 2006 09:44 PM

          Thanks, I went to BBQ co. Didn't quite take me home, but sure hit the spot. I'll save Honey Bear's for when I'm in a Tennessee mood, today I needed some TX style. Thanks!

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            wonderin32 RE: amkirkland Oct 13, 2006 01:34 PM

            I would also recommend Waldo's, in Mesa on Main St.

            Honey Bear's doesn't do it for me, it is good, but isn't real Memphis BBQ. of course, there isn't much that is.

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