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Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que

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119 W Ward St, Centerville, TN 37033-1631
+1 931-729-2131
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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Centerville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

They have great service and the food is awesome... We get van there almost weekly.. Love it and prices are reasonable..

Thank Delois T
Battle Creek, Michigan
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

I want to let everyone know about this place! My husband and I were visiting family in small town south of Centerville. We had seen this BBQ place on a TV Show about food and thought well we will give it a try. My aunt and I drove up there. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with... More 

1 Thank Johanna W
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

I have eaten BBQ at this old fashioned pit cooked place for years. The owner knows how to smoke his meats the old fashioned way; very slow. The pulled pork plate with either white or baked beans, corn cakes, and either mayor or vinegar slaw is as fine as BBQ plate you will find in middle TN. It is always... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

We were actually at Papa Kayjoe's East. Same people, same food just a few miles closer to Nashville in Lyles, TN. Very tasty barbecue and sides. My favorite part was that you can get it served on cornbread (hoe cakes.) To me, it is so much better that way. Well worth the drive out I-40 or hwy 100.

Thank jeretom
Waverly, Tennessee
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106 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

We drove from Waverly Tennessee to have be, we loved this place when we ate here before! Unfortunately it must've burned because there was yellow tape blocking the drive and the windows were all busted out and you could see the blacked smoke damage thruout . So sad! I hope they can rebuild . Condolences to the owners.

Thank Dana D
Devin P, Owner at Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que, responded to this review

We are so sorry you drove all the way over here. Thank you so much for your well wishes and prayers. We plan on rebuilding ASAP. Hope to see you again in a few months! More 

Ringgold, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

If you want to eat the best BBQ that you have ever had, you must make the trip to Papa Kayjoe's. You will not be disappointed! The pitmaster slow cooks the BBQ over hickory coals until it is ready to eat. You can tell he takes a great deal of pride in what he does, the BBQ is absolutely delicious.

Thank Jim B
Nashville, Tennessee
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302 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

When you drive by this place, you get that "I've GOT to try this" feeling. It is very small with limited seating. They do the "peanuts on the table" thing like a Logan's steakhouse to keep you busy while waiting form the food. The staff is very hospitable and pleasant. There is obviously a lot of take-out business. We stopped... More 

Thank tlagyn
Rome, Georgia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

The food was great. They gave large portions for a very reasonable price. The seating was limited but they were not busy when we visited.

Thank lendyc2015
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

We've been traveling for two weeks across the States and this is by far the best meal we had. Great food, great ambience, friendly staff, spent 8 dollars each. Loved it.

Thank lucienchardon
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

My in-laws live in Centerville and there is always some of there pulled pork at the house when we go to visit the family. I would place this place better the "Jim and Nick BBQ" any day of the week.

Thank Robert K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 W Ward St, Centerville, TN 37033-1631
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Centerville
  • Phone Number: +1 931-729-2131

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?