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“Good BBQ Fast”

4 Rivers Smokehouse
Ranked #58 of 858 Restaurants in Tallahassee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Barbecue
Description: 4 Rivers is a family-owned smokehouse specializing in 30-day aged brisket, homemade southern sides and fresh bakery items.
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Description: 4 Rivers is a family-owned smokehouse specializing in 30-day aged brisket, homemade southern sides and fresh bakery items.
Reviewed 18 June 2016

4 Rivers is not a traditional sit-down restaurant. You get in the order line, place your order (I ordered brisket). The meat is cut to order and placed on a paper sheet. Next you select your side dishes (I got potato salad and cole slaw). You get your meal and drink cup and you pay at the end of the line. Beverages are self-serve. My brisket was flavorful, but a bit dry (I did ask for it to be cut from the non-fatty end, though). The sides were delicious. The potato salad was among the best I have had at any restaurant. The other members of my family all enjoyed their meals which included pulled pork as well as brisket. My 3 year-old grandson loved the pulled chicken but passed up the mac and cheese. 4 Rivers on Thomasville Road (near Whole Foods and Zoes) is a popular place, especially with young families and college students. There appeared to be many repeat customers. The food is definitely the draw as well as the reasonable price. If you go, you will be well fed and pleased with your meal.

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Thank James C
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Really good BBQ, old-fashioned bottled sodas (like Frostie Root Beer and Vernor's Ginger Ale - both of which are from Detroit, actually, but go well with the food here!). This is really well done BBQ for a "commercial" place that is apparently a regional chain. The story is that the owner originally set this up to help someone pay for cancer treatment, so the guy started the business for a great reason.

You stand in line, place your order with the very friendly staff, get it served on a sheet of plain brown paper on a tray, go and sit and eat with other folks family-style at long tables.

Go here! You'll love it!

Thank canada611
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

The 4 Rivers locations are all attractive (we've eaten in 3 of them). You walk in, order your meat and they put the meat onto a sheet of brown paper on your tray - no plate. "Burnt Ends" and Brisket are both wonderful - a welcome change from so much brisket that is usually dried out. Sides are where 4 Rivers really shines - try the warm corn (slightly smoky, slightly hot from jalapeño, just great) and the terrific baked grits or the corn bread. Service is lightning fast - just walk down the line and make your selections (I love being able to see what I'm ordering before it shows up on my plate). 4 Rivers is terrific food and the atmosphere is excellent - kind of "industrial" with big long tables meant for sharing. And little signs asking you not to take up a seat unless you're ready to eat. Gotta love this place.

Thank Superchief1944
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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

We absolutely love this place when we want BBQ. The food is sooo good and it's such a good value for the price - Huge portions! The pulled pork is amazing, as are the ribs. As for sides, definitely try the Mac and cheese! Great for both dine in and take out. With dine in, we love how the trays are there plates and you eat sort of family style at picnic tables - casual and fun.

Thank Kristen C
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Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Oh how I wish there was a 4Rivers in South Florida! Everything we tried was fantastic. Tender brisket. Tasty pork. And those sides! Beans, banana foster bread pudding, sweet potatoes, fried okra...all were just the best I've had. This is a must-try restaurant. I'll be salivating over the Burnt Ends - and dreaming about them! Casual place, come as you are.

Thank southmiamijill
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