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Sparks BBQ

439 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2525
+1 231-633-7800
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“baked beans” (8 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Grill, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
439 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2525
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Tried the ribs, pork, chicken and brisket. All we're good, especially the brisket. Also had a nice margarita and negroni. Good service. Would recommend to any one who likes barbecue.

Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looking on Trip Advisor for local BBQ near the beach , on main drag downtown and found Sparks. Glad we did. After being greeted by Kevin, our personable waiter, we tried the Papa Platter: 4meats/chicken, pork, brisket and 4 ribs were 30$ including 2 sides....More

Thank lizpahl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a bbq lover, it didn't take much to make me want to visit this place...and the name made it a natural for me. Up front I have to say that after finally finding a parking place on the beautiful October day I visited, I...More

Thank Ronmsparks
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Delicious dry rub ribs, done in or take out. Multiple sides but the blue cheese bacon coleslaw was wonderful. I think they are working on getting a liquor license.

Thank Fellow traveler S
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We were wandering through town and looking for a place with some options for my grandchildren. They accommodated the kids in every way. The food was top notch. I recommend the Nachos. Our waiter was excellent. I don’t remember his name but he was originally...More

Thank MommaB716
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Great food & service! Walked past here a few times & kept wanting to go in. Was not disappointed! Portions & prices were fair & beer was fresh. Will be back again when in town.

Thank MaryB86214122
Reviewed September 1, 2018

Sparks BBQ was a nice break during our shopping spree downtown Traverse City. We were seated immediately with good service. We were offered a choice of BBQ sauces. I had the baby back rib sandwich, which was quite tasty. I asked for the regular BBQ...More

Thank jmpfamily
Reviewed August 27, 2018

First time to Sparks and we will definitely be back. Spent 4 days in TC and this was our favorite meal by far! The pulled pork melts in your mouth, even without the sauce. The brisket was awesome and the ribs got rave reviews as...More

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Sparks was recommended by a friend so my wife and I came in. GREAT CHOICE! We both had the brisket plate. The brisket was delicious, and the BBQ sauce was unbelievable. The brisket was fork cut tender and did I say delicious! The portion size...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Got to tryout the new location at Front/Cass and went (well) out if our way to do do so because we love the menu. Well, maybe it was a bad day but, while the full slab of ribs looked like they always have, they were...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 439 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2525
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-633-7800
  • E-mail
Classic BBQ fare prepared over 100% wood fires. Briskets, Ribs, Pork, Chicken and seasonal meat dishes like smoked meatloaf and corned beef are also available. We support local businesses and farms with our menu when possible. Sparks BBQ is a place you can experience authentic BBQ prepared by a team of pit masters who have perfected their craft
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