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Joel's BBQ

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Interstate 10 and FM 609, Flatonia, TX 78941
+1 361-865-2454
09:00 - 21:00
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154 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

.... not exactly amazing food. I had a chicken with spinach, my wife had chicken as well. Sons went for burger, again, nothing amazing. Good environment, poor selection of beers and nice service. I won't return for sure. 3 stars is fair.

Thank Jose D
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282 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We visited this iconic roadside BBQ restaurant several years ago. We visited it again yesterday and it is still the same delicious, fall off the bone BBQ.

Thank mantamoon
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We LOVE Joel's link sausage! We go to Joel 's and purchase their link sausage which is frozen and vacuumed so we can take home and enjoy! When we run out, we know it's time for another 2 hour road trip because no other sausage lives up to Joel's!

The Woodlands, Texas
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I have been stopping by Joels since the early 2000's. My favorite is the smoked sausage wrap with mustard! Our stop before Gruene hall and the Guadalupe.

Thank DrTastebud
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135 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Joel's BBQ has a takeout building with picnic tables and a restaurant dining location the BBQ was great and the employees are very friendly. This unique place is frequented by locals and well worth the stop.

Thank Rick H
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We travel back and forth from San Antone to Houston quite a bit and Joel's is a required food stop. While their brisket and sides are very good, their chopped beef has some sort of delicious voodoo bbg magic injected into it. Seriously, one sandwich snt enough, and its not because of the size; which is fine. They've added another... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Lunch. Weekday. Table for two. Crowded with locals. The place was spotlessly clean and folks at the counter were friendly. I ordered a chopped beef sandwich and slaw. My spouse ordered mixed sausage and potato salad. Our order was served quickly. Portions were reasonable, as were prices. The meal was good but nothing special. I would stop, again, if in... More 

Thank Duke H
Hannibal, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

The barbecue was great and I really liked the character of the building. I drove from Moulton to Flatonia a couple times just to eat at Joel's in the couple months I was in Texas.

Thank o7oBaseMetal
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I've been here a few times and every time the restrooms are super clean. The food on the other hand is OK. Not the best but not the worst either. My husband thinks otherwise, he loves this place and insist we stop everytime. I come for the restrooms and he comes for the BBQ.

Thank Velezclan
Margate, Florida
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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped for a very late breakfast/early lunch. Conveniently located off of I-10 between Houston and San Antonio. I had the regular sized chopped beef sandwich, delicious. My husband got the 1/2 chicken, also delicious. We split small portions of cole slaw and potato salad to round off our meal. So much tastier than fast food (although... More 

Thank Lizzie C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Interstate 10 and FM 609, Flatonia, TX 78941
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Flatonia
  • Phone Number: +1 361-865-2454

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?