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Joel's BBQ

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Interstate 10 and FM 609, Flatonia, TX 78941
+1 361-865-2454
09:00 - 21:00
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travel back and forth from San Antone to Houston quite a bit and Joel's is a required food stop. While their brisket and sides are very good, their chopped beef has some sort of delicious voodoo bbg magic injected into it. Seriously, one sandwich snt enough, and its not because of the size; which is fine. They've added another... More 

Thank Jw O
Lafayette, Louisiana
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch. Weekday. Table for two. Crowded with locals. The place was spotlessly clean and folks at the counter were friendly. I ordered a chopped beef sandwich and slaw. My spouse ordered mixed sausage and potato salad. Our order was served quickly. Portions were reasonable, as were prices. The meal was good but nothing special. I would stop, again, if in... More 

Thank Duke H
Hannibal, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The barbecue was great and I really liked the character of the building. I drove from Moulton to Flatonia a couple times just to eat at Joel's in the couple months I was in Texas.

Thank o7oBaseMetal
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I've been here a few times and every time the restrooms are super clean. The food on the other hand is OK. Not the best but not the worst either. My husband thinks otherwise, he loves this place and insist we stop everytime. I come for the restrooms and he comes for the BBQ.

Thank Velezclan
Margate, Florida
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82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped for a very late breakfast/early lunch. Conveniently located off of I-10 between Houston and San Antonio. I had the regular sized chopped beef sandwich, delicious. My husband got the 1/2 chicken, also delicious. We split small portions of cole slaw and potato salad to round off our meal. So much tastier than fast food (although... More 

Thank Lizzie C
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here because it was convenient. Ordering and food preparation was slow but the food itself was very good. I thought prices were reasonable and staff was very friendly. Outdoor or indoor seating available. Parking was no problem and the location is easy access off the interstate.

Thank Daniel L
Cleveland, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped in on our way home from sea world. We ordered sausage, ribs, brisket and a sliced beef sandwich. Everything was great no one had anything bad to say between the 6 of us, everything was fresh and was out pretty fast. The owner was very nice. I would definitely go back if we find ourselves hungry near there... More 

Thank MegSelf06
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious Brisket Sandwhich. Great stop for our road trip hunger. It's super accessible and you won't derail from the main highway.

Thank Janie C
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29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We always stop, one way or another, on our travel from Houston to the San Antonio & Austin areas. Excellent sausage and a very good chopped BBQ sandwich with pickles & onions. Most times we take the food and drive on. They will slice the sausage for you, which makes for nice nugget nibbles while driving. Say hello to Johnny!

Thank duke77beta
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We stopped there on the way to Houston ribs were dry,beans were horrible, sausage and chicken were okay I would not go there again keep on driving

Thank Rachael S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Interstate 10 and FM 609, Flatonia, TX 78941
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Flatonia
  • Phone Number: +1 361-865-2454

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