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Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner


American, Barbecue
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Full loaf $7.75
Half loaf $5.75
Fat Buddies' Onion Loaf
Thinly sliced onions, deep fried to a golden brown a fun way to start your dinner & plenty to share! Served w/ chuck's spicy ranch.
Cheesy Bacon Fries
Served‎ w/ ranch or spicy ranch a real treat
Half order that's a lot! $6.50
Full order more to share $9.50
Carolina Chicken Tenders
All the flavor without the new york mess! Chicken tenders served naked, mild, hot or nuclear w/ bleu cheese dressin' & celery. New! Sweet glazed or grilled tenders.
Half order $4.50
Full order $7.25
Fresh Fried Mushrooms
Juicy,‎ fresh mushrooms, lightly breaded, deep fried & served w/ chuck's spicy ranch
The Starting Line Sampler
Small onion loaf, mushrooms & chicken tenders
Half rack $10.49
Full rack $15.99
Rack $20.99
Half rack $20.99
Basket of Baby Back Ribs
Fat buddies' slow smoked ribs squeal w/ flavor. So tender we guarantee you'll never pick up a knife!
Half $4.00
Whole $6.50
Fried Dill Pickles
Potato Skins
French fries
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Cole Slaw
Baked Potato
Cheese $+0.85
Sub-Baked Potato
Baked Sweet Potato
Sub Baked Sweet Potato
Garlic Bread
3 pieces
Your choice of any of fat buddies' homemade salad dressin's: bleu cheese, ranch, chuck's spicy ranch, thousand island vinegar & oil, or honey mustard & served w/ our thick-sliced garlic bread.
"On the Greens"
Fresh garden greens w/ your choice of one:smoked turkey, beef, beef brisket or pulled pork
Chicken in the Garden
Fat buddies' fresh garden salad topped w/ a grilled chicken breast that's brushed w/ honey BBQ sauce.
Carolina Chicken Tenders Salad
Chicken tenders top a fresh garden salad. Tenders may be served naked, mild, hot or nuclear!
Fat Buddies' Garden Salad
Fresh spring greens & fresh garden vegetables are a real mountain treat - served in a large salad bowl.
Fat Buddies' Special Turkey Salad
Turkey salad on a bed of lettuce w/ tomatoes & onions - w/ captain's wafers on the side.
Cup $3.25
Bowl $5.25
Black-Eye Pea
Loaded w/ black-eyed peas, onions, taters, beef & pork it's our original recipe!
Cup $3.25
Bowl $5.25
Brunswick Stew
Originally from brunswick county virginia, this squirrel & onion stew was all the rage in 1828. we make ours w/ loads of garden vegetables & chicken, beef & pork.
Fat Buddies' Sandwiches
regular sandwiches served on a toasted bun. big 'un sandwiches served on thick-sliced garlic bread French fries buddy-up to both.
Big'un $7.35
Regular $6.35
Pulled pork additional $+0.50
BBQ Pork
Tender smoked pork, sliced thin & laid on thick!
Big'un $7.35
Regular $6.35
BBQ Beef
Slow wood smokin' makes for the best flavor
Big'un $7.85
Regular $6.99
Beef Brisket Sandwich
Slow wood smokin' makes for the best flavor
Big'un $7.85
Regular $6.99
Smoked Turkey
You‎ never knew turkey could be so good
Big'un $7.85
Regular $6.99
Turkey Salad Sandwich
Served w/ fries.
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Crispy‎ chicken breast served naked, mild, hot or nuclear. You'll climb mountains for this one.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Boneless chicken breast brushed w/ honey BBQ sauce. Grilled to perfection.
Grilled Turkey & Cheese
Smoked‎ sliced turkey & cheese melts together into a real southern favorite.
The Belly Bustin' Dawg
A whole 1/4 pound hot dawg served on a toasted bun.
straight from fat buddies bbq pit, our smokin' dinners will put you in hog heaven! all finish line, fat buddies' smokin' combo, s & rack attacks are served w/ thick sliced garlic bread & your choice of any two: potato salad, French fries, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans or vegetable of the day.
Pulled pork $+0.50
Beef brisket $+0.50
Salad $+2.75.
BBQ Pork or Beef Dinner
You'll think pigs fly when you try our tender juicy wood-smoked pork or beef.
Salad $+2.75.
Beef Brisket Dinner
Slow smoked & tender w/ a unique & special flavor.
White meat $+1.00
Salad $+2.75.
BBQ Chicken Dinner*
A tender 1/2 chicken, basted in fat buddies' honey BBQ sauce. Lip-lickin' good.
Salad $+2.75.
Smoked Turkey Dinner
Wood-smoked turkey, sliced thin & laid on thick! A real mountain favorite.
Salad $+2.75.
Fat Buddies' Jumbo Fried Shrimp
Hand breaded w/ our own special recipe, these jumbo shrimp are squealin' good.
12 oz $19.99
16 oz $22.99
Salad $+2.75.
Rib-Eye Steaks
Mouth-waterin', hootin' hollerin', good eatin'! Hand-cut & chargrilled w/ a special blend of chuck's spices, this is the steak lover's heaven on earth! Ask your server about a "judy" steak.
Served w/ the same goodies as the finish line dinners.
White meat $+1.00
Lyle's Mountain-Ranch Special
2‎ racks of baby back ribs & 1/2 a chicken, plus 3 sides & 3 slices of garlic bread.
White meat $+1.00
Baby Back Rib Combo
Full rack of smoked baby back ribs
Carolina Coast & Mountains
Fat buddies' jumbo fried shrimp combined w/ a 1/2 rack of baby back ribs.
Steak & Shrimp
A 12 oz. Hand-cut rib-eye steak combined w/ jumbo fried shrimp. A real favorite!
Pulled pork $30.99
Turkey $30.99
Beef brisket $30.99
White meat $+1.00
Fat Buddies' Pig-Out for Two
try it all w/ this picnic for two. ya'll get 1/2 chicken*, 1/4 lb. pork, 1/4 lb. beef, & a full rack of baby back ribs w/ two orders of each: French fries, baked beans, cole slaw & garlic toast.
Served w/ the same goodies as the finish line dinners
1 Full Rack of Smoked Baby Back Ribs
So sweet & tender, the meat falls right off the bone. Slow wood smokin' & steady bastin' gives fat buddies' ribs the flavor of the south
1-1/2 Racks of Smoked Baby Back Ribs.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The place is interesting with historical farm type tools on the wall. The food is excellent. Loved the fried mushroom appetizer. The wait staff is fun and polite. The prices are reasonable.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Robert P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch on a Thursday, got a table with no waiting. Service was friendly and prompt. Small craft beer selection. We each had the beef brisket and loved it. Fries were average, applesauce out of a jar. WiFi.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank aatbender
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch at this location. My wife and had the brisket sandwich with fries. It was delicious. Ample portions and served hot and fresh. Service was quick and staff friendly. Plan to go back and try the ribs!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank roberti978
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Love the ribs. Other good barbequed food. Dark interior. Local beers available. Usually a busy place.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Mary G
Reviewed 30 January 2019

Fat Buddies catered my small wedding reception in Franklin, and were wonderful to work with. They worked with me around my special dietary needs (which are complex and annoying), from answering all of my questions to providing special plates of chicken without seasoning for the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PaigeReeder
Reviewed 31 December 2018

I'm torn between 3 or 4 star review here. My family stopped in for dinner while we were in the area. My husband ordered the baby back ribs and they were very good. I had the sliced pork, which was average. The mac and cheese...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JW23755
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Casual, friendly, Nascar themed and great BBQ with a wide array of menu. Great for families or friend gatherings.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 21 November 2018 via mobile

Awesome meal and great ambiance. The staff was extremely accommodating and the food was great. Definitely worth a visit there if in the area.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Discover818713
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

Ate at their other location in Waynesville. Loved the atmosphere and food at both! Very busy restaurant with great customer service

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Linda C
Reviewed 12 November 2018

An old standby for us. Nice to have a break from time to time from "Lexington stye" BBQ. Most everything is really good here. The deli sliced smoke pork is unique and really amazing. Side are also very good.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jtodd4
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15 November 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth A | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to say, but I don't recall their dessert choices. Crazy as it sounds, I rarely order a dessert. I would suggest checking the menu on their website.
Eugene S
5 November 2018|
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Response from NCluvtrav | Reviewed this property |
So sorry, our family does not require any special dietary needs so I did not pay close attention. I would give them a quick call.
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