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John Hardy's BBQ

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929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
+1 507-288-3936
11:00 - 21:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Plainview, Minnesota
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Stopped in for lunch recently and was surprised how fast we got our food after ordering. The menu is limited, but offers enough choices that most everyone can find something they like. The pulled pork has always been awesome when I have been there, and this time was no different. Not a fancy place, but the food is good, reasonably... More 

Thank Larry55964
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We live in Iowa. Seen it was a 4.0 review. So thought would try it. It was horrible. If you go. Bring a fly swatter. Flys everywhere. It was disgusting. Before we got our food, I was scared to eat it. Then, our food came, gross. The ribs were so fat, & not even trimmed?? Hello?? I barely could swallow... More 

1 Thank Janette S
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I never leave here hungry. Plenty of garlic bread and very generous portion sizes. I like the Open Pit style sauce. It works well. A nice sweet taste. They have updated both stores a bit and it looks pretty good for a BBQ joint. No complaints here.

Thank Aaron E
Taylorville, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

The barbecue was very tasty. I had beef and turkey. Both were excellent. I also enjoyed the Cole slaw and baked potato. Not a fancy place but the food was great. I would go back again.

Thank Mary M
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

A very popular place for lunch - lots of locals. We had brisket and pulled pork with JoJo potatoes. The brisket had an amazing smoky flavor. Garlic bread an excellent side. Other sides were okra, baked beans, green beans, and corn. JoJo potatoes are sliced and fried.

Thank Susan H
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72 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Visited with family who recently relocated here. Excellent BBQ spot! More food than I could handle, even when starved and ordering on the conservative side. Try all of their BBQ sauces if you like hot and spicy. Had pork and beef, tried my brother's order of ribs that were fall-off-the-bone, and loved the JoJos. Friendly staff, fast service, and garlic... More 

Thank Tara T
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127 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

A friend and I were on a BBQ tour in the area and John Hardy's BBQ was recommended as being a good spot. We decided to try it out and I'll echo the service not being particularly great, but friendly. I was looking forward to some good ribs for dinner after a long day. Both my friend and I ordered... More 

Thank Paul A
Byron, Minnesota, United States
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This place has the best BBQ around. The service is not great by any means so don't expect much there but their food is well worth it. It's always fast and very reasonably priced. The garlic bread is awesome, their meats are all wonderful, and their Jojos are everyone's favorite.

Thank Shelly B
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

My son and I took some time alone while mom and brothers were off to camp to go exploring food places in Rochester and when I mentioned BBQ, he replied with "what's that"? John Hardy's was my 1st choice. Since we were coming from the north, I picked the one along 52. We both had the beef and pork with... More 

Thank Eric D
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Delicious cheap food. Does have it's off days, but overall very good. I recommend always ordering the Jojo's crispy as the normal Jojo's are too soggy for my liking.

Thank Manuel O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-288-3936

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