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Starns Bar-B-Q

1008 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah, KY 42001-3750
+1 270-444-9555
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good14%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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1008 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah, KY 42001-3750
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've been eating Starnes BBQ since I was just a boy. Hickory smoked pork shoulder with a black pepper hot sauce is a BBQ style unique to this area. Starnes does it the best. Unassuming counter dining is the perfect setting for this smokey, delicious...More

Thank erichsternberg51
Reviewed 18 April 2017

In general, people love the barbecue and sauce from the place they grew up. I'm no different. When I think of a pulled pork sandwich, I think of Starnes pulled pork with plenty of vinegar based sauce between two pieces of toasted bread with a...More

Thank michaeloehlschlaeger
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is a no-frills place with excellent hickory smoked BBQ. Be prepared to wait during peak times at lunch. This place has counter seating only, but the service is fast.

Thank Eddy O
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Smoke the fire as you walk up. Wood fired smoked pork, beef, ham, turkey or bologna available either as a sandwich or plain meat with your choice of coleslaw potato salad or potato chips. They've been in business since 1955 and seem from the outside...More

Thank daenergymon
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Very good BBQ and bologna sandwiches! Super nice staff. Spicy, vinegar sauce. Throwback RC cola and sun drop =)

Thank Britt M
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped not knowing about the place but this is the white castle of the pork sandwich. I also bought a bottle of the special sauce. Well worth the money.

Thank Dutchhartlage
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Although I live over 150 miles away (near St. Louis) I have ancestors in western Kentucky. Nearing 60 years old (yikes!), I have been eating, and loving, Starnes BBQ since I was a child ( I was born 1 year after Starnes' first opened in...More

Thank D L
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Had a great chopped pork BBQ sandwich here. It was served on grilled/toasted white bread -- (I've usually had BBQ on a bun, or on straight-up white or rye bread). Perhaps that's more of a local tradition for BBQ sandwiches -- but it was sure...More

Thank cruisin_4_BBQ
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We always stop by for a quick lunch when in the Paducah area. The BBQ is very finely chopped Western KY style BBQ (all sauce must be added), served on grilled bread. Even mild sauce is nicely spicy. Seating is at the counter. and on...More

Thank kytraveler800
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Good BBQ. The sandwiches were served on toast and smashed. Meat was good, but a little too finely chopped. Starn's BBQ sauce is pretty spicy and nice flavor. Recommend giving it a try if you are in the area.

Thank MilesL44
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Restaurant Details

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1008 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah, KY 42001-3750
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Paducah
  • Phone Number: +1 270-444-9555
270-444-9555 - This is not the "D. Starns" listed on TripAdvisory - It is a small place, the original & has great Bar-B-Q.