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“Delicious - Come with an Appetite”

Joe Allen's Pit Bar B Que
Ranked #8 of 273 Restaurants in Abilene
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue, Steakhouse
Good for: Child-friendly
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Good for: Child-friendly
Reviewed 20 October 2013

What a unique restaurant and bar! Great service and scrumptious food. I had the sliced brisket, perfectly cooked and lean. The barbecue sauce on the side has a tang to it without being overly sweet or spicy - perfect. The cooked cabbage is very tasty; new potatoes were cooked with braised onions. I saved a piece of the homemade bread for dessert - just the best. Plus, they serve jalapeno cornbread! There is a smaller portion plate on the menu for $7.25 which includes your choice of meat and two sides - it was more than enough food. Come hungry & enjoy.

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4  Thank Bridgenutt
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Before we left Abilene ending our family vacation, we decided to try some BBQ. Joe Allen's is a family owned restaurant on the east side of town. The atmosphere was very casual and rustic. Our waiter, Shane, was super. We had the sampler for an appetizer, which included fried mushrooms, zucchini, cheese sticks, and onion rings. The meal also came with fresh sourdough bread and jalapeno cornbread. The brisket and smoked turkey were excellent. My son couldn't finish his chicken fried steak because it was huge. Wish we could have saved room for peach cobbler or banana pudding. The portions were a little on the small side for the price. Our waiter stayed right on top of drink refills and anything else we needed. I would definately eat there again next time I'm in Abilene.

4  Thank Jenifer W
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Yes it's a bbq place but the catfish is delicious. Their homemade blue cheese and ranch dressings are very good. Brisket is also excellent.

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3  Thank wuztpd105
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

It doesn't seem quite as good since it moved to its fancier site. BEST KEPT SECRET: don't go in the front door and get full service. There is a side door that leads to cafeteria style service. It's the same food---faster and no tip involved.

4  Thank booklady55_11
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This is a place I try to stay away from when working in Abilene because the steaks and barbecue are just TOO GOOD! This place is not good if you are on a diet. On the other hand if you want to really enjoy great steaks and barbecue, don't miss Joe Allen's. You order your hand-cut ribeye by the thickness you want, so 3/4 inch, 1 inch and on up. Steaks have a homemade rub and are grilled to perfection. Filet's are awesome too. And if you are a sausage fan, dig in. Sides of cole slaw, potato salad are great, but they only have red beans, not real baked beans which is a shame. The place is very casual, with service to match, so relax and enjoy the delicious food.

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3  Thank svletas
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