Portland >Food & Dining > Tennessee Red's Barbeque Co
2133 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.507391 -122.654723
Neighborhoods: Hosford - Abernethy, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Great Stuff – Thanks Guys, you rock, love your ribs!
PNW BBQ – After eating here a few times and talking with the friendly employees I've learned that this BBQ is true and homemade by hardworkers. If you by chance catch them when its PACKED, they really go into overdrive. It may take some time/patience but it's worth it.
Most of the food is all made in the kitchen so sometimes it may change taste just a tad depending on who makes it. Maybe a little more pepper or less garlic etc.
The baby back ribs are mouth watering. They fall right off the bone and melt in the mouth. The pulled pork is tasty too specially with the hot sauce! yum.
I've tasted the Burgers which are exceptional. My partner loved the blackened catfish and charbroiled oysters.
I have never been impressed with the beef ribs. They just don't compare to the baby backs. Pork is definitely my favorite.
full bar with lots of choices! pricing isn't bad but not great. what you would expect i suppose.
mmm cocktails, beer, BBQ. lets go
OH, and by the way to the blog before mine, maybe this is pnw bbq, did you ever hear of a telephone? to get in touch with how HORRID your experience was? or maybe even take the time to go back in, tell someone, and then possibly be redeemed by someone else that works there?
Maybe this is BBQ in the PNW – After eating at Tennessee Red's I tried to find a contact email on their website so I could write to them about my experience. There is no way to contact them through their website. Too bad since I really don't like to air dirty laundry in public.
I go into any restaurant expecting the chef/cooks actually want to turn out decent food. So I was so very disappointed with the meal I had. I ordered their Beef rib plate that came with 3 ribs, fries, and cole slaw.
Each rib had no more that 2 oz of meat, all of which was way overcooked and dy beyond description. It was spread out over each rib so thin that there was no way to cut anything off with a knive and fork, so I ended up chewing on each rib and had to really struggle to pull anything edible off each. What I did get was tough and chewy. not what I was expecting.
I love fries, and the "taste" of these fries were quite unique, but in a good way, Tennessee must use some kind of spice as these seemed to have a bit of a kick. However, they were cold and limp. I can understand a cook sending out a steak that's not cooked to the customer's desire since the cook cannot really see inside the steak, but fries? Perhaps the cook who put these on my plate was blind? Kidding aside, this meant that the cook knowingly sent fries to a customer that he/she would not eat themselves. I belive I was curtious to my waiter so I cannot believe the cook was getting back at me for something I did? Perhaps he/she just doesn't want to cook at that restaurant any more.
The only passable food was their cole slaw, quite creamy and a bit tangy - but it wasn't $12 good.
I cannot comment on the rest their menue items so perhaps others have had better experiences than I. That's good for Tennessee, but I know I wlll not go back there.
Mismatch – They advertise award winning ribs and the smoke smells good when you go by but it's just not so! On three occasions the beef ribs just were not up to par. One night I took some slightly elder friends for drinks and dinner and the waitress was al bit put off because they took their time considering their order and asked for a specific cocktail wherein she acted like it was too much trouble. Here's a positive the gumbo was very good. Suggestions, bring some prices down, try a little harder with the service and don't forget to smile - each customer no matter what their age should be treated equally.
Seriously? – I just picked up an order from this place. I got some of their brisket with the memphis sauce. I opened it when I got home, took two bites and threw the entree out.
I'm an opened minded eater, but gross is not something I look for in a sauce.
Great place to watch the game!! – My sweetie and have gone to Tennessee Red's twice and got great service both times. Both times we had the drink specials and the were pretty good and only five bucks. We ordered ribs. They smoke theirs. The ribs tasted great the next day as left overs. I do prefer mine wet, but they did have good flavor. The beans and rice however, could use some help.
What we really really enjoyed was the burger topped with pulled pork. We shared one and it was delicious. We are going back soon to have another. I think i might get my own next time, hehe...
We also love that they have flat screen tv's all over the place. We are Blazers fans and each time we went we got to watch the game, woohoo!!!!! GO Blazers!!!!
I am looking foward to trying some of the unique appetizers that i saw on the menu as well, great place to watch the game.
Completely disappointing – We Went to Tennessee Red's on a Saturday about 4pm. We were hoping for a good meal, we were completely disappointed. We go in and the place looks like some dive bar but I think well lets give it a try maybe the food is great. After finding out their all out of pulled pork, we order, I ordered a rack of baby back ribs and my wife ordered brisket and drinks for us both. There is almost no one in the place, a few minutes later I see an order placed to be delivered, the waitress is sitting behind the bar with her back to the room, 5 or 10 minutes later the cook comes out and tells the waitress to deliver the food. My wife thought the brisket was fine. My ribs were ok but ribs should be cooked with the sauce on not on the side, cooked on and the sauce can caramelize and penetrate into the meat, macaroni and cheese was blah, fries were greasy, cornbread was blah. We asked for more sauce waitress says ok never comes back. Would have liked a another round of drinks but I am unable to easily get waitresses attention. Finally walk up to bar and ask her for our bill. The worst service I have had in my life, I was trying to think of some place worse and couldn’t come up with one. I don’t usually write reviews but I had to this time. Will never go back!
I tried Tennessee Red's BBQ one afternoon and was not impressed... I have heard good things about this place but did not see it or taste it when i visited... I ordered the pulled pork, the presentation off the food was great. The pork was not soaked in BBQ sauce which allows you to really taste the smoked meat. Usually this would be a good thing for BBQ, however the pork was horrible!!!!!! Greasy, oily, or some adjective that would be unappealing...
I did not finish the meat because it just was not good. The side dishes need work as well. But at least they were not as bad as the meat and I was able to get something to eat for lunch.
I will try it again to make sure that the one experience was not a mistake or an off day for the food.
Used to be decent, now it's just DISGUSTING – I went to Tennessee Red's a couple years ago when I first came to town and it was pretty good. I live close by, so I took my son there for dinner a couple weeks ago when he came into town and it was just awful.
The ribs have WAY too much pepper on them and they are TOUGH! Ribs done properly should be tender, that requires a sufficient amount of brining time before smoking and cooking. The brisket was tough as well, and the corn muffins were hard, lumpy, and disgusting. Even the server agreed they were horrible. The cole slaw wasn't fresh and the red beans and rice was nothing to write home about. And what's with putting all the sides in little cups? Makes eating them nearly impossible without spillage.
The "spicy" Memphis-style sauce is way too hot to be called spicy (I eat a lot of hot food, not a wimp, so I know what I'm talking about!)
I guess the pulled pork sliders were okay, I didn't order any but my son said they were good, however, he could barely breathe because they were smothered in the "spicy" Memphis-style sauce.
All this disgusting food set us back about $45 too, so it was NOT cheap, we didn't even have beers. And certainly no one offered to offer any kind of remedy for my complaint about the corn muffins.
Who the hell is the chef here? He should be ASHAMED.
HORRIBLE – i am writing this as i sit here. first and last time here. horrible service. tried to cancel my food order once I saw how distgushing the kitchen and cook was. the server (red head- avoid her!) said ok, then never told the cook not to make it. didn't touch the food, absolutely the worst experience EVER. I'm a server and I love supporting Portland bars. but this was unreal. save yourself!
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