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Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

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525 S Beckham Ave, Tyler, TX 75702-8303
+1 903-593-0311
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 10:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Tyler, Texas
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the best smokehouse Bar-B-Q in the South. Always in a top 50 list somewhere, and its a do not miss for this cuisine. Great flavors and quality. The breakfast tacos are great too.

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Thank Scott L
Adirondack, New York
Level Contributor
46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great barbeque! Wait in line, order and get served your food on trays! Delicious brisket. Tasted ribs, they were great too. Can't wait to try again!

Thank mfm914
Tyler, Texas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Simply, this is a must do stop for any person visiting the Tyler area and the BBQ connoisseur on their eternal quest for the BEST. From the tender sliced brisket, smokey pork ribs to the taste-bud delighting sausage you cannot go wrong. Stand in line to place your order and go find a seat. Your tray of mouth watering meats,... More 

Thank Kevin M
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're ever thinking of going to the "Purple Pig" around Tyler, Texas.... Don't...Just come here. It's way better food for about the same price. The ribs are dry rubbed, juicy and delicious. The brisket has to be tasted to understand how good it is. This is the place for REAL Good BBQ in East Texas...Nuf Said.

Thank Grant M
1 review
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Was worried how busy it was when we arrived but the staff were ready and we got through the line quick. The Famous Mother Clucker, was hands down best Sandwich I've ever had. My family loved their other bbq Sandwhices as well. Mouth is watering thinking about it! Mmmmm...

Thank Deirdre R
Dallas, Texas
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194 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The main dining room is very small. Eating al fresco is an option. The chopped brisket sandwich is very good, the ribs were excellent, mustard potato salad is very good, cole slaw is good, but the beans were bland. I hear they have good bands at night but we were here at lunch. We showed up right at 11 am... More 

Thank BigGuyfromDallas
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

I'm so glad you found a few different things to love with us -- thanks for coming out for a bite! It's really wonderful knowing the live music offered a fun vibe, and I hope we'll see you back again someday! Take care, Cheers - Nick P. More 

Grand Prairie, Texas
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77 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a top rated place because the BBQ is outstanding. However, the owners have not spent a dime on the restaurant. Next time I would do takeout.

Thank Cheryl H
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

It's awesome to hear that you're such a big fan of our BBQ, Cheryl! That said, we always want to provide a comfortable place to enjoy your meal, so we'll be sure to consider this feedback. That said, I'd love the chance to welcome you in for a meal in or take out anytime. Cheers - Nick P. More 

Level Contributor
23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really loved Stanley's! The smoke ring was just right on the brisket, the beer was cold, the atmosphere was lively and relaxed. Everything we had was good and the weather was perfect for sitting out on the patio. Super quirky location and a cool mix of young, old, family and hipsters.

Thank Ginger F
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

This is fantastic to hear, Ginger! I'm delighted that everything from the brisket and beer to our amazing community has hit the mark for you. We're proud of what we do here, and we'd love to see you back again soon. Cheers - Nick P. More 

Tyler, Texas
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The perfect place to chill: great taste and variety of food from ribs and potato salad to my favorite,"the Swimmer": grilled tilapia with avocado on freshly baked bread. Throw in a hodge podge group of very laid back talented servers of every size, shape and color. Oh, and by the way, the live music every night keeps all of us... More 

Thank GGandLG
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

It's really awesome to hear you've found so much to love with us -- a tasty meal is what we're all about! I really take this to heart, and I hope we'll see you back again soon for a bite. Cheers - Nick P. More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Tyler for over 35 years, and I can't believe I've waited this long to try this delicious sandwich! The guacamole and bacon in my opinion, are what set this sandwich over the top! I will definitely be returning!

Thank Linda A
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

I'm so glad you could make it in for a bite, Linda -- better late than never! It's great to hear the guacamole and bacon really tied the whole meal together, and I hope we'll see you again soon for a bite. Cheers - Nick P. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 S Beckham Ave, Tyler, TX 75702-8303
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Tyler
  • Phone Number: +1 903-593-0311
Stanley's is the oldest operating mom and pop BBQ joint in Tyler, serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 55 years. Come try our perfect brisket, baby back ribs, turkey, fresh sausage, and pulled pork in a fun and family friendly atmosphere! Stanley's offers some other selections such as fish tacos and even has vegetarian items. Also be sure to try our two most popular sandwiches - The Mother Clucker and Brother-in-law. We have a newly renovated, covered, and enclosed patio where you can catch live music 6 nights a week. The patio is also now equipped with a full-bar that features Texas spirits, draft beer, and a nice selection of over 70 bourbons. We take pride to produce all our barbecue and sides fresh each day, so we occasionally sell out due to heavy and unanticipated guest traffic. Call ahead if you want to make sure we have something you're looking for! We also offer catering services for your next event. See you soon! Be kind and have fun!

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