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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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Paducah, Kentucky
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

In general, people love the barbecue and sauce from the place they grew up. I'm no different. When I think of a pulled pork sandwich, I think of Starnes pulled pork with plenty of vinegar based sauce between two pieces of toasted bread with a side order of potato chips and a soft drink in a bottle. If you drive... More 

Thank michaeloehlschlaeger
Dacula, Georgia
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112 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a no-frills place with excellent hickory smoked BBQ. Be prepared to wait during peak times at lunch. This place has counter seating only, but the service is fast.

Thank Eddy O
West Bay, Grand Cayman
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204 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Smoke the fire as you walk up. Wood fired smoked pork, beef, ham, turkey or bologna available either as a sandwich or plain meat with your choice of coleslaw potato salad or potato chips. They've been in business since 1955 and seem from the outside like a hole in the wall but based on the steady stream of lunch crowd... More 

Thank daenergymon
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Very good BBQ and bologna sandwiches! Super nice staff. Spicy, vinegar sauce. Throwback RC cola and sun drop =)

Thank Britt M
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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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219 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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

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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
Takeout, Seating, 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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