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Jack's Bar-B-Que - 24 Reviews - 334 W Trinity Ln, Nashville, TN - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (615) 228-9888

Jack's Bar-B-Que

334 W Trinity Ln (at Scruggs Lane)
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 228-9888
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Jack's Bar-B-Que - Nashville, TN



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I am always on the hunt for great BBQ and consider myself somewhat of a BBQ connoisseur. I went to Jack's BBQ on Trinity Lane recently for the first time and was thoroughly imp...


My friend and I were in Nashville this past week and had lunch at Jack's. My beef brisket was excellent, tender, good flavor, and even better with sauce. My friend ordered the smo...

One word: ""Awesome"" 3/14/2012

I am always on the hunt for great BBQ and consider myself somewhat of a BBQ connoisseur. I went to Jack's BBQ on Trinity Lane recently for the first time and was thoroughly impressed! The meat was smoked very nicely and the variety warm sauces were amazing! I will be a repeat customer of theirs! Kudos to Jack's BBQ!! more

Jack's BBQ is the best of the best in Nashville 9/10/2010

Recently when coming back from a trip out of town we knew the best welcome home would be a trip to Jack's BBQ. We jumped off of 65 on Trinity Lane and decided to try the drive-thru. As we pulled in, that familiar hickory smell reminded us of how good it was going to be. We were amazed at how friendly, fast, and accurately they filled our family order in roughly the same time as a chain. Of course that's where the comparison ends as the BBQ, sides, and sauce were worth every penny. Whether we go downtown or Trintity Lane we can always count on consistent quality. more

Not the friendlies place 7/28/2010

We were a large party of 12 and wen there before going to the Grand Ole Opry based on recommendation of a local. The food was OK. However, the staff was very rude about communicating their ""policy"" of not holding a table while people were in the chow line. The policy was kind of understandable... but the way they delivered the message left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Pros: Can't Think of One Cons: Staff VERY Rude more

sooooooooooo good 3/13/2010

very fresh and very juicy. a pleasannt surprise, I will definately go back Pros: best barbecue more

Best BBQ EVER!!! And service is awesome 8/12/2009

I went to Jack's my first time today. I'm so glad I went because it is literally the best bbq I have ever put in my mouth! I pulled up to the drive thru window and after the lady ran my card, it was declined. I had ordered the family pack so it wasn't cheap. The lady said not to worry and she took care of it. It was one of the kindest things anyone has ever done for me and my family. This is such a wonderful place and the staff is amazing. I'm a customer for life and it's worth the drive! Pros: Everything more

Best food while on travel 2/27/2009

At the beginning of the month, I spent my first time in Nashville and \r ate at your establishment. This was, by far, the best meal I have \r ever had while traveling! The food was excellent and I would highly\r recommend it to anyone.\r Thank you for making my first experience in Nashville a great one! \r I look forward to returning!\r Pros: Excellent food more

Best Meat on the Planet! 1/21/2009

The meat-man Jack Cawthon knows his pits and how to barbeque the best meat on the planet. I?m addicted to the 3-way (no that?s not a chili-dish) a ?pick-3-meats? platter? My favorites are brisket, ribs and chicken. Once you go Jack?s ? you never go back ? to another barbequer that is! There?s not a pit in Nashville that smokes like Jack?s and he has the awards to prove it. No doubt ? Jack Cawthon has the best meat in Nashville ? hands down. Love your meat Jack! Pros: Best smoked meat in Nashville! Cons: No cons - perfect meat more

Best Bar-B-Que and Friendly Service 1/18/2009

I have loved bar-b-que my entire life. That being said, I would have to say that the bar-b-que at Jack's is by the best that I have ever had. Originally, a friend of mine recommended this restaurant for lunch, when I was downtown for lunch one time. Since then, I have been hooked on the food and friendly service. \r \r Anytime I am downtown for either business or an event, I have to go to eat at Jack's. In fact, when have to head north of the city on I-65; I will make it a point to get off at the West Trinity Lane exit to eat at their other location.\r \r The most astonishing part of their restaurant for me is that it is my 8 year old's favorite restaurant. Talk about a finicky eater. Prior to taking him to Jack's, he would only eat chicken fingers or McDonald's, when we went out to eat. Would you believe that this is now his favorite restaurant (AND HE LOVES THE VEGTABLES)? This is a miracle.\r \r I would strongly recommend this restaurant for informal casual and/or business lunch (Trinity Lane), family outing, or anytime you go downtown (Broadway) for an event. \r Pros: Tremendous Food more

Best Bar B Que in Town! 1/17/2009

Just getting out of the car and smelling the mouthwatering smoking meat is enough to make you sprint for the door! We live out of town and it is an absolute necessity that we eat Jack's Bar B Que at least once, if not more, when we are in Nashville. We keep trying other bar b que in Nashville , but Jack's still ranks at the top. Also, we have gone several times to down town and Trinity Lane locations, and prefer the Trinity Lane location as it is easier to get into. Pros: Quick service from friendly staff. Cons: Could be a bit of a wait at noon, but it's worth it. more

Best BBQ in the world 1/16/2009

Great food, nice place, good service, and workers polite. Barbque has a good taste, I recomend you at least try all the food. Pros: Good food, great service more

if you can only go to one bbq joint go somewhere else 8/19/2008

I would have to say not so good. Especially the one on trinity lane. The Downtown location is better. It is a bit overpriced for bbq. I would say there are a bunch of other bbq joints which are better in Nashville. Tex's is pretty good, bar b cutie is my fave and whitts is pretty much the bottom of the barrel. Look around there is better bbq. But it will do in a pinch. Pros: its not that bad Cons: its pricey for bbq more

Not anywhere NEAR the best bbq in Nashville. Ordinary, in fact. 6/12/2008

No doubt about it, Jack's has charm, and the location is unbeatable. We DO go there, just because it is so handy....but the bbg is no better than ""good"". You CAN get really good ribs there...but more often then not they are pulled out too early and are tough and a bit chewy, from lack of adequate cooking. They do have an unusual and great Carolina mustard-based sauce, which is to their credit. The side dishes are pretty weak. The cornbread is downright vile, with the mac and cheese, beans, etc tasting no better than canned.\r \r If it weren't right there on Broadway I can't imagine anyone making the trip. Not with Neely's in town, which really IS a great place.\r \r Pros: VERY handy location Cons: Food that is only best more

brisket was good 3/9/2008

My friend and I were in Nashville this past week and had lunch at Jack's. My beef brisket was excellent, tender, good flavor, and even better with sauce. My friend ordered the smoked turkey which was not very good at all. She did not eat it. The green beans were good, the macaroni & cheese was okay; a little mushy. The mild barbecue sauce was pretty good. The guys behind the counter were friendly. Our favorite thing here was the cornbread. In general, we were a little disappointed with the food; but at the same time we felt like we got a pretty authentic experience. If you decide to try it - I would just tell you not to order the turkey, everything else looked pretty good. Pros: beef brisket, green beans, good value Cons: smoked turkey more

The best BBQ in Nashville 1/11/2006

Hands down, Jack has the best quality meat, the best smoking process and the best sauce anywhere. I should say I recommend the brisket & the shoulder over the chicken & the ribs. The baked beans are sweet and delicious and go well with the potato salad. The pie is good too. It's cafeteria style so it's served fast. I like the texas toast but the cornbread is good too. It's on the sweet side, I know some folks don't like that but, I do. Pros: quality, delicious, food, great people Cons: none that I can, thin of - it's great! more

Best BBQ - Others, Get Over It 7/26/2004

I go there an average of 1.5 times a week - I should be able to claim Jack as a dependant. Everything is always excellent - especially with the hot sauce. Whiners who complain about nutritional value need to stick to nuts and twigs. You only live once - CARPE DIEM!!! And the Chess Pie...wait a minute...arterial blockage...okay, now that that's passed, I'm headed back to Jack's. Pros: Ribs, Shoulder, Brisket Cons: , Stretches Lunch Hour more

Great food for a good price 4/8/2003

How many times can you go into a top rated restaurant, get seated quickly, eat good food, all for a good price. Well at Jack's Bar-B-Que you can. For just a bit over $11 I got a rack of ribs, a large drink, and some corn bread. The ribs were wonderful. The meat feel off of the bone. I figured since everyone told me that Jack's was one of Nashville's top restaurants that I would have to waite a while to get a seat on a saturday night, but I didn't. I should say it is a cafeteria style restaurant. Some people don't like that, but I do. You can get your food much quicker. I should also say the owner, Jack, seemed very nice when he said hello to me Pros: Bar-B-Que Mmmmm, service, good price Cons: wish I was eating it, now more

Great Barbecue 3/11/2003

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by Jack's Barbecue on Trinity Lane. I called in my order and was greeted very professionally and friendly. I was asked how long it would take for me to arrive so my food would be nice and fresh and hot. It was. The food was great. We had the chicken (falling off the bone), turkey and Texas beef brisket, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and the corn bread was very good. I would definitely recommend. They have different types of bb sauce from traditional to mild to spicy. I like the spicy! Enjoy. Pros: Easy to find, clean, good parking more

Best in a while 1/13/2003

I love BBQ, and this place does it right. You can tell the meats have been slow smoked, and the server knows EXACTLY what he is doing. The vegetables were great, and the tea tasted fine. I have since suggested this eatery to others. DO try it! I know I'll be back. more

BBQ For Losers 1/13/2003

Although Jack's has been around downtown and a few years on Trinity Lane, his BBQ has a long way to go if it's going to match up with the great ""Q"" in this state. The difference between Jack's & Tex's is about the same as McDonald's and Rotier's (or even Eddie's). And at that price, I think I'll just fire up the ol' grill..... Pros: they aren't open 24/7 Cons: bland vegies, bland BBQ, stale chips more

Jacks is sprates 12/31/2002

I was in Nashville last summer and we happen to just walk in this place on Broadway in the Music City section of town. It was the best BBQ we had while there, nothing fancy, paper plates and plastic forks but just good ole bbq. I would not miss this place for lunch when ever I get back to Nashville. more
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Owner Message

  • A man of taste and multi-talents, Jack Cawthon first began in the food service business as Cawthon's Caterer, Inc. in 1976. While catering to Nashville's social functions over the years, Cawthon found there was a void in "good Nashville barbecue," and so began his homework. Jack Cawthon started Jack's Bar-B-Que and is currently located only 10 steps from the back stage door of the Historic Ryman.

    Seven days a week, Jack's Bar-B-Que proudly serves Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, smoked turkey, Texas sausage, St. Louis ribs, smoked chicken and heapings of other Southern cuisine.


  • In Short
    With pink-neon flying pigs flanking its sign, this barbecue joint is easy to spot among the lower Broadway eateries. Get in line at the back of the casual, cozy dining room to...

  • 5/31/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 10:30am-8pm Fri-Sat 10:30am-9pm Sun 11am-7pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Talbot's Corner