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“Don't miss these ribs!”

Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que
Ranked #24 of 826 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$12
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are a small family owned business with only 5 tables inside and 2 out side. We try to make you fill like you are with friends.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Don't miss these ribs!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

We headed to this tiny hole in the wall upon the recommendation of Trip Advisor reviews. It's nestled across the river from Chattanooga in a tiny log cabin built on the parking lot of a strip mall. Outside on the deck are 2 cocktail tables with stools and inside are 5-6 tables in the whole place. We sat at a table for 5 (there were only 2 of us) and ended up inviting another couple to share the table. There's also a drive-up window that peers right into the tiny dining room. Immediately made to feel at home by the warm southern accents and the server greeting our table mates by name, we ordered the slab of ribs, cole slaw and baked beans. The baby back ribs were heavily laden with succulent meat flavored with a spectacular dry rub that needed no sauce as far as I was concerned. If you do like sauce, the vinegar based slather is not sweet and adds a bit more drama to the ribs. The homemade cole slaw is finely chopped, not chunky and flavorful without being laden with mayo or vinegar. It's mixed with another green, possibly parsley. The beans were also good, though the sauce could have been a bit thicker. Our table companions played with the grandson of the owner and told us that earlier in the week the owner had been robbed of a month's receipts as he entered the bank. Since then, patrons had been coming out of the woodwork to support him! He stepped out of the kitchen as we were paying and graciously thanked us for coming. Don't miss this spot-these ribs rivaled anything we've had in St. Louis or Chicago and the experience of meeting locals instead of tourists was delightful.

  • Visited November 2013
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Schaumburg, Illinois
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

The food was great and loved the fried pickles. The staff makes you feel right at home. Hope Mike continues to be successful with his business, cause I want to visit this place as often as I can.

Visited October 2013
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Dayton, Texas
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3 reviews
“Good food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

While traveling across the country, my wife and I try to find local restaurants to enjoy great food, and to also meet interesting people and you will not be disappointed at the Hickory Pit BarBQue in Chattanooga. We followed our gps on the trusty iPad, and yes, it's a small place but it's not hard to find! I had the rib plate with a double side of baked beans, my wife had a chopped BBQ sandwich with slaw on the side with fries! We also ordered a side of onion rings! The food was fantastic, the young man waiting on us was polite and prompt! We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the local flavor of other patrons!

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food, great place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

Best bbq in Chattanooga!!!! Great people, great food, cute place! Highly recommend you eat here....bring the while family!

  • Visited October 2013
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Illinois
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing BBQ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

Stopped by this little place only because it was listed on trip advisor with good reviews. No wonder they are all good. Family owned business and as soon as you walk in you smell good food cooking. I got the chopped pork and it was great. Price was cheap too. $20 bucks for 2 people for good food. Not bad at all. No sign out front so a little hard to find. Would go back!

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