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“Chili dog!”

Terri-Lynn's Bar-B-Q & Deli
Ranked #246 of 853 Restaurants in Little Rock
Cuisines: Deli
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Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

I would highly recommend the chili dog. Nothing fancy here. Just good good. Not cheap but not too expensive either.

Thank Callitlikeyouseeit
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

We have avoided trying this place because of its small, hole-in-the-wall, strip mall location. However, on an errand at another store at the strip mall, I was blown away by the number of cars parked in front of it, it was packed inside, but it was the smell that enticed me to try it. OH. MY. GOODNESS!! That tantalizing smoked meat smell in the parking lot made my mouth water. I was surprised! I'm talking honest, hometown, flavorful BBQ! I can't wait to go back and try their other deli sandwiches. You won't be disappointed! Be prepared for a line at lunch, but the wait is well worth it!

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Thank Nanniebella
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

I will make this review short and sweet. The food was bad. The nachos were OK. The ham and cheese sandwich tasted bitter and the bar-b-q sandwhich was disgusting.

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Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Terri-Lynn's has been a regular lunch stop when in LR for over 40 years. Same delicious food, good service, friendly atmosphere. Don't miss the opportunity to sample a Polish Delight or Roast Beef on white with coleslaw and mayo!

Thank Jan S
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Terri-Lynn's is located in west Little Rock, in a shopping strip that, more than 40 years ago, was on the edge of town. As such, it is sort of frozen in time, with everything as it was from the beginning. It seems to be the sort of place that, no matter how old one is, you figure your parents must have eaten there. The layout is Spartan, designed for efficiency, with absolutely no decorative frills. People who own the business actually seem to be working there, getting their hands dirty, & connecting with the customers in a way unthinkable for a chain restaurant. Therein lies one of its major strengths: it is the polar opposite of the corporate franchise experience. It is the ultimate un-chain restaurant.
The layout is designed for the customer to walk up, place an order at the counter, & then pick up the order when one's number is called out. Many times, though, the worker bees, who seem to be in a constant state of hustle, will deliver the food to one's table, or at least meet the customer halfway.
There is a neighborhood vibe to this place--everyone seems to know everyone else. There aren't a lot of tables, & just a few booths, but the swell of customers is readily handled by a row of stools along a counter in the front. Diners get, from the big plate glass window, a scenic view of the big parking lot, sans landscaping and bereft of any sort of decorative features. Terri-Lynn's is Solo-Diner friendly; there always seems to be a place left into
which the party-of-one can light & either eat in peaceful solace, or, should one choose, join in on discussions with elbow-mates at the adjacent stool.
Of course a lot of the food & customer traffic is involved in takeout.
Speaking of food, that is what matters. This is not corporate food. It is not McFood. It is tasty and fresh. There is no printed menu, as far as I know. Everything is written by hand on a big grease board, neatly printed. Bless their hearts. My favorites are the ham & turkey sandwich, the chopped pork barbecue sandwich, & the sliced pork sandwich, which for some reason seems tastier than the chopped pork. This place is in my regular rotation of lunch spots. It is reliably good. I rated it a 4 based on its being very good at what it is. One doesn't go there for atmosphere or adventurous dining.
Are there some quibbles? Certainly. For one thing the layout is a little awkward, & after paying, the customer must then move back into the front corner of the room to get ice and drinks, & there simply isn't enough room in which to navigate. Foot traffic often jams up at the drink station.
My other issue is with the barbecue sauce. It LOOKS like it's going to be good, but it's way too thin & virtually tasteless. What's that about? I'm
from Memphis, you understand, where barbecue sauce is a culinary sacrament. The punchless 'cue sauce here sends me into a frenzy of homesickness.
In summary, this is a real place, a unique spot, the kind that, utilitarian though it is, serves a vital function in weaving together the pattern of human interaction. It does it in a way that the corporate/chain/franchise never can. Eventually of course it's going to be disgorged from its time tunnel. But until then, enjoy the

Thank Michael646808
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