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Judge Bean’s Bar-B-Que and Steakhouse

I heard a lot about a place called Judge Bean’s Bar-B-Que and Steakhouse in Brentwood, TN. This place is supposedly known for their Tex Mex style BBQ. Various people have suggested Cowboy chili, Texas jumbo-laya, and the baby back ribs. So my home girl E.B and I decided to go, the parking lot was full, and that seemed like a good sign for us. We walked in and the place was a little busy. We waited a few minutes for a table and then we were offered a table in the back corner near the bar. The hostess cleaned the dining room tables surprisingly fast. I was not impressed with the d├ęcor or the wobbly table and chairs, but it fit in. The employees did not have a uniform, so I could not tell who was an employee, manager, or customer.

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The server arrived to the table with tortilla chips and smoky salsa (smoked paprika), and she also was bragging on the ribs like they were the best thing ever cooked on the grill. She also told us about some other amazing sounding items which I was ready to sink my teeth into. She said the brisket was flavorful, popular, and delicious. I ordered the brisket sandwich, house made fries, macaroni and cheese, and green beans. E.B ordered the smokehouse combo with ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and fried okra. Let me start with the brisket, not tender, dry, no flavor, and room temperature. Mac and cheese noodles were overcooked and tasted cheap, but those green beans get a standing ovation. They should have soaked the brisket in that bean juice because they were well seasoned, and fresh off the oven. They could have kept those unseasoned ass fries in the back. E.B. said her ribs were OK and the same for the pulled pork, but she liked the fried okra (her food was room temp as well). Shockingly the homemade banana pudding was excellent, we had some shitty banana pudding at Edleys BBQ (tell you about that later).

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Friendly staff, televisions to watch the game, and prices are a plus (would be better if the food was scrumptious). They also have all you can eat tacos on Tuesdays, and weekly specials. The food is a big part of the experience, and Judge Beans failed at that. Hopefully they can improve so I can get some hot delicious food instead of it being room temperature and tasteless. For now the Judge needs to stay out of the kitchen unless he is making banana pudding.

Overall Rating: 5.8 out of 10

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