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“Nice place for travelers and locals the same”
Review of Bob's BBQ Emporium

Bob's BBQ Emporium
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Arena
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

We went there last night a little bit late. Most customers were leaving. It was our 2nd time to taste their BBQ and first time in the shop ourselves. We took out the pulled pork 3 weeks ago and decided to visit it. It took us about 40-50 minute driving one way from Madison, but it was well worth it! My son and I both ordered "Once Around A Pig" sandwich, including chips, cole slaw, and pulled pork-ham-bacon sandwich. My husband ordered the pulled pork sandwich. They were all big sandwiches and we had leftover eventually. The cole slaw was home made, vinegar based and delicious. The homemade beer bread was yummy. But the pulled pork was simply divine. It was dry rub, not the saucy type. The homemade BBQ sauces (sugar vinegar, ghost pepper, and mild) were light and made the pork shine. Anyway, this is one of our favorite dinning places now. The American Player Theater and Taliesin are nearby. Many good camping sites are along the Wisconsin River. Neighborhood towns are mostly artsy communities. Now, with this joint and a pretty good drive-in hamburger place in the next town (Spring Green), a delicious summer camping vacation is all ready.

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Reviewed 21 July 2012

Bob's is not a restaurant, it's not a dive, it's a "BBQ joint". The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Bob, the owner, serves a solid variety of barbecue and sides, along with sauces to match. Most Saturdays during the Fall-Spring season have a band playing and the place can get packed.

Bob's also serves as a local artist gallery, the pieces you see around the joint can be purchased.

This is barbecue, smoked on location and the rest of the menu is made in-house, not from boxes or cans, including the bread. The patrons are regulars and enthusiastic about the food.

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Reviewed 15 June 2012

Just had our son's graduation party catered by Bob's BBQ Emporium. The quality and amount of food provided was outstanding. All of our guests were simply amazed at the taste of the smoked pork as well as the side dishes provided. We had the party catered for 100 people and had 100 plus show up. We had food to spare. I would not hesitate to use Bob's again for any of our party needs. Way to go for a quality product at an affordable price. Thanks Bob!!!!!!!

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Thank Mick S
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

On our last night in town, after a long and hot day that started 10 hours earlier we were looking for something to put a topper on a great day. We like to seek the local eatery focal point and if BBQ is available, we’re there. DO NOT miss Bob's. The staff/owners were very pleasant and helpful. The menu contained a good variety of selections but not too many. The food, wow! My wife had the Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwich and she was very happy with her choice. I had the Brisket Dinner with BBQ-Baked Bean and Bunch-o-Greens (Beet Greens, yum) and I was stuffed and satisfied. We couldn't have been more pleased with Bob's. This is what a local BBQ place should be. Bob's BBQ Emporium gets the highest of recommendations from a big fan of BBQ.

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