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Feb 16, 2009 02:36 PM

Review of Tennessee's BBQ & Grill in Langhorne

We couldn't have been more disappointed with the food at the Tennessee's BBQ.

We ordered a Caribbean sandwich ($5.75) and the combo which, at $14.99, was to include 2 each of their Memphis, baby-back, and Texas beef ribs, two "big" sides, and cornbread.

The sandwich was very generously sized, and had there been any particular taste to it, it would have been a satisfying meal. Instead, the only taste was a huge sprinkling of red dried peppers on it (Italian style). This was distressing to the stomach, and not particularly tasty. In fact, all the food we had looked far better than it tasted. There was no smell of smoke or taste of smoke on any of the meat, and the membrane had been left on the ribs except for the beef, which were shaved clean to the bone.

The rib combo:
1. The Texas beef ribs were 5 inches long. They were, quite obviously, a single beef rib which had been cut in half. It had also been shaved on top and bottom of all meat, as well as trimmed quite closely on the sides.
2. There were 3 bones in the baby backs. But there was no meat on the outer sides. Maybe that nets out to 2. Again, no particular taste, though beautiful to look at.
3. The Memphis ribs are regular pork ribs, but cut off the wrong end, somehow, so that you get some of that weird round stuff which looks like nylon cord in there. Under the bark was a lot of fat. Membrane was on.
The sides were in bowls whose rims were about 3/4 of an inch. The bottom was thick. These were not large portions; they were quite small, but in bowls designed to deceive. The Tidewater slaw is an interesting variant, vinegar based and cut from broccoli, I swear she said. The bbq beans were watery, tasteless, but spicy. The cornbread had not been heated up evenly, and was not particularly appealing.

I read a review where the person said this was the real stuff, not parboiled. I would heartily disagree. Though the meat had to be shaken slightly to fall off the bone, which is the sign of parboiling, it certainly slipped off far too cleanly and smoothly to be anything else. (This does not include the beef ribs.)
I would not go back, and I would discourage anyone from trying the place.

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  1. I have not been to Smoking Dudes (near Neshaminy Mall) but it comes highly recommended by a co-worker. Google for address.

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    1. re: gsElsbeth

      We were there last year - it wasn't bad at all, but we just haven't got back to it. A tad hard to find. Go slow around the curve in the road. Now, I'm not sure it's the same one. Too many malls... :)

      1. re: lomlfoml

        We went to Smokin' Dudes for lunch last Saturday (and yes we had trouble finding it -finally had to stop at CVS and ask for directions). It was the one on Neshaminy Blvd, around the big curve in the road. We shared the $16.95 sampler plate which came with 3 ribs, decent portions of both the beef brisket with apple bbq, and pulled pork bbq. We got two sides with it (both of us had cole slaw) and 4 hush puppies. The ribs were meaty and tender, the bbq's slightly sweeter than I prefer, but better than any I've had north of Richmond VA. The hush puppies were to die for (best I've had since I can remember). Very clean, reasonably priced. If their hush puppies are that good, what must their apple fritters taste like? Calls for another visit. They were not busy, but doing some large takeout orders while we were there.

    2. I went to Tennessee's in the Boston area last month...
      I would rate the meal as "a little better than okay".... the bbq chicken was better than the beef rib...