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Starns Bar-B-Q

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1008 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah, KY 42001-3750
+1 270-444-9555
08:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped not knowing about the place but this is the white castle of the pork sandwich. I also bought a bottle of the special sauce. Well worth the money.

Thank Dutchhartlage
Troy, Illinois
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Although I live over 150 miles away (near St. Louis) I have ancestors in western Kentucky. Nearing 60 years old (yikes!), I have been eating, and loving, Starnes BBQ since I was a child ( I was born 1 year after Starnes' first opened in 1955). On my family visits to Kentucky and trips through on my way south for... More 

Thank D L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Had a great chopped pork BBQ sandwich here. It was served on grilled/toasted white bread -- (I've usually had BBQ on a bun, or on straight-up white or rye bread). Perhaps that's more of a local tradition for BBQ sandwiches -- but it was sure finger-licking' good. Their sauce has quite a kick to it, so apply sparingly to test... More 

Thank cruisin_4_BBQ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We always stop by for a quick lunch when in the Paducah area. The BBQ is very finely chopped Western KY style BBQ (all sauce must be added), served on grilled bread. Even mild sauce is nicely spicy. Seating is at the counter. and on adjoining booth. People come and go quickly so even though there is limited seating we've... More 

Thank kytraveler800
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Good BBQ. The sandwiches were served on toast and smashed. Meat was good, but a little too finely chopped. Starn's BBQ sauce is pretty spicy and nice flavor. Recommend giving it a try if you are in the area.

Thank MilesL44
Paducah, Kentucky
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Where do I begin to tell the love story of west Kentuckians and Bar B Q? Everyone here think they are an expert on this delicacy! Whether sauces should be sweet and thick or spicy and tangy is often the burning topic. These folks have it figured out! Delicious turkey, ham, pork, etc, consistently great every time. Still a local... More 

Thank tommynbonnie
Franklinville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Every time we get within 50 miles of this place our vehicle just homes in on the fantastic smell coming from their smokers. Best barbecue in the world, and the sauce is to die for.

Thank james n
Kuttawa, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

I love their ham! We always get a few pounds for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Best ham ever! Good pit barbecue too.

Thank LuvRaccoons
Honolulu, Hawaii
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

I remember getting good if not great barbecue here since I was a kid. I usually have a pork sandwich here when I am in town, but the best thing is the barbecued ham, which you can get at most groceries in Paducah, even Wal-Mart sells it at their super store meat counter. Many years ago I brought some whole... More 

Thank Timothy B
Kevil, Kentucky
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116 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

If you ask most local people where to get the best BBQ, they'll tell you Starns Bar-B-Q. It's been around for over 3 decades, and there is a reason why... they make great BBQ. While all the rest of BBQ by the sandwich folks have gone to a bun, Starn's Bar-B-Q still makes their sandwiches with white bread that they... More 

Thank Mark B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1008 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah, KY 42001-3750
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Paducah
  • Phone Number: +1 270-444-9555
270-444-9555 - This is not the "D. Starns" listed on TripAdvisory - It is a small place, the original & has great Bar-B-Q.

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