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Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ - CLOSED

1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
+1 318-513-9966
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
16 Nov 2016
“No longer exists”
20 Mar 2015
“New Name, same good food”
Restaurant Hours Closed
1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
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Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Dowlings has been bought out and no longer exists. The new location and owners is Bristers. See review on Bristers.

Thank pmlaque
Reviewed March 20, 2015

This restaurant has changed ownership in the past 6 months. It is just as good as the other. I had the pulled pork on sourdough bread. My daughter had pulled chicken on sourdough and my wife had chopped beef on sourdough. All were very good....More

2  Thank daylilyrx
Reviewed February 19, 2015

The portions were too small for the prices .....I'd rather pay more and get Enuff to feel full Although I live in Ruston ..... BBQ WEST 35 miles away in West Monroe .....beats this eatery

Thank Jared R
Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Serving unique brisket nachos along with varied smoke meat sandwiches on fresh homemade sourdough bread. Complete your meal with a fruit filled fried pie. Enjoyable

1  Thank Michaelkochla
Reviewed November 11, 2014

Same great menu, just under new ownership and name! Love the Scatterload, and the BBQ Nachos. Great place for La Tech Fans to eat!

Thank TGN002
Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place changed owners Oct 31. No longer Dowling's. Hated to see the Telfords leave. Will give new owners a chance to continue the success.

1  Thank criminalpatrol
Reviewed September 18, 2014

We enjoyed the brisket and the ribs very much - a great smoky flavor and tender. The sides were adequate - the beans were the best choice. We saw their famous barbq nachos on the next table and they looked amazing! The seating area isn't...More

Thank Pittypat45
Reviewed September 4, 2014

I've eaten this BBQ my entire life. I keep coming back whenever I'm in town! The food and the people are great!

Thank melissagp4401
Reviewed September 2, 2014

Heard this was the best BBQ in town but did not live up to its reputation. The brisket had good flavor but was extremely dry. The ribs were average and not much to brag about. The beans were extremely good but not what to go...More

Thank Roger R
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

I tried the pulled pork sandwich, and it was huge! Great flavor, though a tad salty for me. Scrumpteous!!! Came with basic cole slaw. Also had a yummy fried pie worth recommending. Friendly staff who care about your experience. Will for sure visit again when...More

1  Thank Crystal J
PitcherJLT, Owner at Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2014

Dear CrystalandBilly, I want to thank you for visiting Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ while traveling through Ruston. I am always pleased to read reviews and hear from our guests about their positive dining experience at the restaurant. Thank you for taking time to share your review...More

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Restaurant Details

Open Hours
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Ruston
  • Phone Number: +1 318-513-9966
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