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Gene's BBQ & Family Restaurant

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1107 N Highway 17, Brinkley, AR 72021
+1 870-734-9965
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Brinkley, Arkansas
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant used to be the best restaurant in town, but the owner has completely lost interest. It used to serve fresh smoked meat, home cooked food and homemade desserts. I'm not sure that anything is freshly made anymore. Most of the food seems to be purchased from food services, meaning heat and eat.

Thank gtbh717
San Diego CA
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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a BBQ Master and I suspect neither is Gene. The BBQ pork was average at best. But my biggest disappointment was the fried pies. You might say that my sister and I are on a quest for a good fried pie like Mama used to make. So when we saw them listed on the menu and the selections... More 

Thank TravelingSister75
Freeport, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Friendly service with excellent BBQ choices, and steak and desert. Everyone friendly and helpful in our visit re our trip. Nearby Days Inn, and picnic tables off ramp selling peaches and watermelon make it nice, quiet place to visit.

Thank AnnieRedhead
Forrest City, Arkansas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

I am not sure what is going on here but I was disappointed my last 2 times visiting there. The service was almost non existent, baked potato hard inside, just a bad meal. Maybe they have new wait staff, new cooks. I will try it again but no more bringing outside visitors there, just me.

Thank Jane H
Danville, Vermont
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Don't let the looks of the place scare you. Gene's BBQ has great food. The beef ribs were super tender in a well balanced sauce. No sticky sweet BBQ here. The ribs came with a roll, coleslaw, potato salad and beans. The beans were not sweet either. The hamburger was freshly made and cooked to specifications. While the place looks... More 

1 Thank Donna L
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349 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Nice place for breakfast or lunch on way to water park. Had good food fair price and a neat story about a woodpecker seen in the woods by a bird watcher. Not sure if it's another Bigfoot story but it entertainment and everything else was nice. Very country environment.

Thank Jstinger
Keo, Arkansas
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

I had pork plate and it was tough with lots of fat. The beans tasted like canned. The sauce too sweet. I will make a different choice next time

Thank keocruiser
Hickory Ridge, Arkansas
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Stopped in and had to wait 40 minutes on the worst food I've ever been served. The waitress was very nice but that is the only nice thing to be said for this place. The men's restroom was filthy. Absolutely the worst ribs. Tasted like warmed over food! Certainly will not be back.

Thank fivegtands
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

I have eaten here a couple times trying different things ...wow eastern Arkansas really needs a good restaurant ...people around here just don't know how to make good food ...TRUTHFULLY !!! I am working in little rock and memphis areas and I am stuck here in Brinkley for now and always eat out after a long days work...very sad that... More 

Thank Michael P
Marietta, Oklahoma
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100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015 via mobile

Husband liked it. Rib special with potato salad, slaw and a roll. I was looking for something a little lighter/ healthier and ended up eating a granola bar after we left. I guess it really depends on what you are in the mood for.

Thank MariettaOK

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1107 N Highway 17, Brinkley, AR 72021
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Brinkley
  • Phone Number: +1 870-734-9965

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?