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Sep 24, 2009 02:00 PM

Pick-A-Rib barbecue restaurant circa 1968?

When we lived in Clarksville, Tennessee before and after my father went to Vietnam from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, we had family meals at a place called Pick-A-Rib. Does anyone know if it's still there or does anyone remember it? Thanks!

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  1. We used to eat there when my dad was stationed at Ft. Campbell in the sixties. We spent a total of 9 years at Ft. Campbell so we ate at the restaurant many times. We carried the memories of the Pick-A-Rib BBQ throughout our worldy travels. I am pretty sure the place still exists.

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    1. re: Ft. Campbell Brat

      I know it was still there as recently as about 2 years ago. That's the last time I was there.

    2. Pic-a-rib is still in business. I have not eaten there but since you have such fond memories of it. I'll have to give it a try!!

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      1. re: ruegay

        It's been a long, long time since I ate there.

        1. re: ruegay

          Pick a Rib has Not existed in Denver for over forty years!

        2. I grew up in Hopkinsville, Ky but my mother worked in Clarksville and that was her very favorite restaurant. The BBQ was great but I think she went for the pecan pie!

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          1. My wife and I ate there last week. The ribs are still tops!

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            1. re: dochoch

              Was it at 3100 East Colfax or at Speer Blvd at Broadway, If so I have a very old menu from there with the items from 5 cents to the highest 50 cents?? Are these streets in Clarksville? Please let me know if this is it. Thank you

              1. re: stjoebear

                Those are names of roads in Denver, Colorado. There's a restaurant at 3100 E.Colfax in Denver called Annie's Cafe but it's only been there since 1981. Speer Blvd crosses West Colfax not East in Denver.

                1. re: Ft. Campbell Brat

                  I figured that out with google about tens minutes ago.I just got off the phone with Annie and she gave me the history of Pick-A-Rib. It closed in 1939, hence the unreal prices. Thanks for your reply. I would like to visit both places someday. Annies has some cool videos on their website. Lots of retro d├ęcor and the neat thing I noticed in the retro candy counter was Cherry Mashes from here in St. Joe ! Have a great day !

                2. re: stjoebear

                  Those are the addresses of the two long-gone Pick-a-Rib restaurants in Denver, Colorado. Annie's Cafe is, indeed, at 3100 East Colfax Avenue, on the Site of the Pick-a-Rib. An office building has occupied the Broadway and Speer Boulevard Pic-a-Rib site since the 1960's.

              2. I have a menu from Pick-A-Rib at 3100 East Colfax and Speer Blvd. at Broadway but it does not say what city. It is extremely old with the items ranging from 5 cents to 50 cents at the highest. It is in the shape of a black chef with the big white chef hat on holding a tray with the name of the BBQ on it. Is this the one??? I have been trying to find out what city it was in. I have had it for years. At the bottom it says "OPEN ALL NIGHT" iS THIS IT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
                Steve, St Joseph, Mo

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                1. re: stjoebear

                  As one who actually patronized the two Denver Pick-a-Ribs, I can assure you that both locations, 3100 East Colfax and Speer Blvd. at Broadway, actually existed. Annies Restaurant is but the current occupant, in a long line of occupants of the Colfax site. The Broadway site has long since become an office building. The Art Deco decor was outstanding--no more. Pick-a-Rib's sauce was the best! I have been unable to locate the recipe.

                  1. re: aggafaia

                    Thank you so much for the information. Art Deco is my absolute favorite design, so along with the outanding BBQ, I am sure I would have been a frequent diner there,had I lived there at the time.

                    1. re: stjoebear

                      The color scheme was simple--everything was black and white.