BAD SERVICE..WILL NEVER GO BACK. On Sunday Oct 16th 2011, my fiancee and I decided to go to Neely's Bar B Q on Rosa Parks Blvd in Nashville, TN. I had never eaten at Neely's before but was excited about visiting because of the famous status. Staff was very rude and disrespectful. Very disappointed!!!!!
Don't go!. As a big fan of Down Home With the Neely's I was very disappointed with the place.The atmosphere was gross, the food was dry, the service was horrible, and there was a dead fly on my table. I am very disappointed.
I'm very disappointed. We travelled a very long way to get to the restaurant. I was so excited to taste this fabulous barbeque. Instead I found dry pulled pork, watery barbeque sauce and dry chicken. On a high note, the hot wings were delicious. But I don't see myself ever returning to that particular restaurant.
Not Good At All - Very Disappointed. We were very disappointed. We are new to Nashville and visited Neely's for the first time yesterday. Just as others have stated on this site, the food is virtually tasteless. Maybe the ribs are better, but the pulled/chopped pork is not good. The beans and mac n cheese were barely edible. The sauce is a step below what you could get off the shelf at a grocery store. I would select a rating less than 1 star if I could. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone!
Cole Slaw was the winner here, not the BBQ.
Like a previous poster I am an avid BBQ'er. I ordered the 2 meat combo with pulled pork and brisket. The meat was dry and just didn't have much smoke flavor. I was highly dissappointed in the meat. Our group ordered around 6pm on a Tuesday night. I sampled my friends spare ribs and they were tasty but extremely overcooked. The dry rub was good on the ribs but they were too overdone to really enjoy or recommend them. I also tried the turkey which was middle of the road. The cole slaw is top notch and is the only thing I finished off my plate. I just can't recommend this place for BBQ meat, it was dry, smokeless, chewy, and just not worth ordering.
This place has potential but not worth visiting in my opinion until they get their food quality under control.
Not worth the drive.
I visited Neely's while in town for a convention. I am an avid bbq'r and a partner in a grill and smoker company, so I'm fairly confident of my judging capabilities. I didn't see a smokehouse on the premises, so I'm assuming that the meat is smoked elsewhere and trucked in. It certainly tastes like it. The ribs were way, way, way overcooked. I like a little bark, but these were hard nearly the whole way though and was the chewiest pork meat I've ever had. The pulled pork was dry, and again, way overcooked.
Note that I went there a 3 in the afternoon, so it could also be that I got lunch leftovers. Still, I've had pulled pork leftovers that were a week old that tasted a heck of a lot better. Perhaps the original locations are better, if the smoke on premises. It kills me to give a bad review, but bbq lovers should look elsewhere.
Top notch...WELL worth the short trip from town..
I can't for the life of me see how anyone could give this place a bad review, unless they are perhaps a competitor trying to trash the place. We are MAJOR fans of BBQ and have eaten it in every city we visit. We've made special trips to KC to visit Arthur Bryant's (still the best sauce on planet earth by a mile), as well as Everett & Jones in Berkeley (great), Dinasaur in Rochester, Angelo's in Fort Worth, and the list goes on.
Now.........Neely's. Overall I'd say it's VERY good. The ribs are fantastic, cooked exactly right. They fall off the bone and have the little chewy crust on them that separates average ribs from great ribs. The sauce is pretty good.....maybe not the best you'll have, but plenty good, and better than average.
The real star was the *sliced* brisket (not the chopped). This was the best brisket I've ever had. Simply awesome.
The beans are as good as I've had. Potato salad is very good, as was the coleslaw. Fries were...well, fries.
The GLARING weakness was the so-called "beef sausage" which was horrible, tasting like a canned Vienna Sausage more than anything else. A very sweet peach cobbler was pretty darn good.
Overall, we were VERY happy with Neely's and if you skip the sausage, you'll have a great meal. Without a DOUBT better than Jack's, where we've had undercooked ribs, insipid side dishes and the worlds worst cornbread. Apart from being in a handy location, Jacks isn't a pimple on Neely's arm, so to speak:-)
I used to thnk there were only good and great ribs.... After my recent lunch at Neely's I know better now. Man is this place over hyped! The meat and the sauce were virtually flavorless. The bark was so thick and dry it was nearly inedible. I gave it two stars because the mac and cheese and cole slaw were ok and the servers were hard working, decent folk. There are plenty of better places to eat ribs in and around Nashville and I'd encourage you to look for them.
Fair at Best.... DISAPPOINTED. The building is what I expected... thats about all i can say good about Neely's. The ribs and bbq sandwich had NO flavor. They covered them both in sauce and it also left alot to be desired. As an avid bbq lover and professional taster, I certainly DO NOT reccomend eating at neely's. I was really disappointed, especially with them having a television show and being so well known.
Popular, family-owned Memphis barbecue joint spreads the gospel in Nashville..
This barbecue joint channels Memphis amid views of the lake and the Titans' practice field. Flintstone-sized beef ribs--uncommon in Nashville--will please beef barbecue lovers. The sauce is tomato-based, thick and sweet, with a spicy finish. The slaw is creamy, fresh and sweet, not vinegary. Get your appetite primed with blazing hot wings served with fresh carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing. Kids and carb cravers will love the addictive "barbecue spaghetti" loaded with pork.
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