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Phil's Dream Pit

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634 Eastern Star Rd, Kingsport, TN 37663-3268
+1 423-349-6437
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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95 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Phil that started this restaurant did so out of a love for good BBQ. When you taste his product you will appreciate that comment even more. All his meat products are good and there are wonderful sides to go with the meat. The place is clean, but expect a wait at noon.

Thank hootbird
Kingsport, Tennessee
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288 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the bbq meat would be so much better if the sauce was cooked in the staff are not friendly and the sides are okay

Thank bkg491962
North Canton, Ohio, United States
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pulled over in the parking lot to check something on the GPS. Wasn't really hungry but after inhaling the wonderful smell of the smoked meat, we had no option but to get a bite to eat. Absolutely loved the pork sandwich and brisket. The beans have shredded pork too and the best. Only thing that could have made my sandwich... More 

Thank Vickie S
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Phil's Dream Pit is a legendary BBQ place in the Tri-Cities area. It's conveniently located close to the I-81/I-26 interchange--toward Johnson City just off of I-26. If you are looking for great BBQ and you haven't tried Phil's Dream Pit, you owe it to yourself to go. Don't be discouraged if you see the line is out the door. That's... More 

Thank David G
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very stingy portions and extremely hateful older lady that takes the orders. Good place to eat for a night out fasting!!! Never ever go back there.

Thank 007bluesman
1 review
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Have eaten here several times. The food is not good enough to listen to the owner scream about the door. They have such a small foyer that when people line up they tend to hold door open. Either build a larger foyer or get a job doing something else. It's rude and ruins a dinner that is average anyway.

Thank Pjrag
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

If you eat barbecue and haven't tried Phil's pork wings, you are really missing out in life!! Although they are my favorite, the chicken is amazing - actually everything I've tried there has been delicious! The staff is caring, friendly and attentive and I go back every chance I get.

Thank NEMO I
Kingsport, Tennessee
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Ribs dry rubbed are awesome. The vinegar based sauce is one of my favs. It's pretty popular place so if going at lunch or dinner expect a line. Good news is they are quick. Not super cheap but worth the money

Thank SF1152
Kingsport, Tennessee
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143 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

I read all the reviews so gave it a try. Perhaps I shouldn't compare other BBQ restaurants to the Ridgewood--but that it my local gold standard. I found Phil's to be expensive and rather lackluster. The pulled pork was nothing special. The available sauces were okay and somewhat helped the dry pork. The barbecue beans were a major letdown. The... More 

Thank electriciandad
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The wings here with there bbq sauce rocks and the last time I was there which has been quite a while now the owner Phil handed me some of there wings , I totally recommend it !

Thank Jackson S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 634 Eastern Star Rd, Kingsport, TN 37663-3268
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Kingsport
  • Phone Number: +1 423-349-6437

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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?