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Gene's BBQ & Family Restaurant

1107 N Highway 17, Brinkley, AR 72021
+1 870-734-9965
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
12 May 2017
“A Family restaurant with good food”
17 Apr 2017
“We really enjoyed the bbq sandwiches"”
Restaurant Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1107 N Highway 17, Brinkley, AR 72021
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

Dropped in for dinner while staying nearby. They appear to be popular for BBQ but I tried the catfish plate. Very good meal. Servers were friendly, atmosphere very much down home, and the menu offered an interesting variety from fish to BBQ and even Quail....More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I decided to try this restaurant since it was close to the motel we were staying at. I ordered the bbq pork sandwich with coleslaw and the bbq beef sandwich with coleslaw. I also ordered fries and onion rings and the waitress supplied the ketchup,...More

Thank FishfinderOntario6
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Consistently great food a great stop on the way to memphis. Good for all ages. Great wait staff. Enjoy

Thank Marsha M
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Gene's is a local hangout, you meet the locals there. For is southern and served fast. The BBQ is tasty, the pork and the ribs were tender and flavorful. Wait staff very southern and eager to please.

Thank denniswoy
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We love to check out local spots, and this is definitely one of the best in town. This place has lots of character, and the food is not so bad either! I wouldn't say it's the best bbq I've ever had, but when you consider...More

Thank Susannah W
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We stopped in Brinkley after seeing a highway sign about Ivory Billed Woodpeckers last sighted in 2004. Gene's had several cars parked in front so we stopped for lunch, not expecting a great meal.They had some menu items with names to honor the woodpoeckers once...More

Thank Robert P
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This restaurant used to be the best restaurant in town, but the owner has completely lost interest. It used to serve fresh smoked meat, home cooked food and homemade desserts. I'm not sure that anything is freshly made anymore. Most of the food seems to...More

Thank gtbh717
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I'm not a BBQ Master and I suspect neither is Gene. The BBQ pork was average at best. But my biggest disappointment was the fried pies. You might say that my sister and I are on a quest for a good fried pie like Mama...More

Thank TravelingSister75
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Friendly service with excellent BBQ choices, and steak and desert. Everyone friendly and helpful in our visit re our trip. Nearby Days Inn, and picnic tables off ramp selling peaches and watermelon make it nice, quiet place to visit.

Thank AnnieRedhead
Reviewed 30 April 2016

I am not sure what is going on here but I was disappointed my last 2 times visiting there. The service was almost non existent, baked potato hard inside, just a bad meal. Maybe they have new wait staff, new cooks. I will try it...More

Thank Jane H
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1107 N Highway 17, Brinkley, AR 72021
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Brinkley
  • Phone Number: +1 870-734-9965
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