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Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

Not so long ago this was a tiny, lunch-only barbecue spot. Now it’s got an expanded patio, sheltered from the elements, and live music. It even stays up late and serves dinner. And though the fairly famous pit has changed hands several times during the past several decades, the fare just keeps getting better, lately courtesy of pitmasters Nick Pencis and Jonathan Shaw. After sampling their output, you may find it difficult to be satiated by routine smoked meat. In East Texas, there is a barbecue joint on every other corner (along with a church, car wash, and bank), but Stanley’s is the only one that serves—along with truly remarkable beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, and ribs—smoky tilapia sandwiches and tacos. (4/15)

City: Tyler


Drinks: Bar

Price: $


Address: 525 S. Beckham Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702

Hours: B Mon–Fri. L & D Mon–Sat.

Phone: 903-593-0311

Website: stanleysfamous.com/

Last updated: December 31, 1969