Local barbecue fans were thrilled in July 2009 when Judge Bean's Bar-B-Que opened on East Church Street. The well-known barbecue and live music joint thrived in downtown Nashville for eight years before moving to its location in Brentwood.
Famous for Texas barbecue (made with beef, not pork), Judge Bean's smokes its brisket for at least 16 hours with mesquite wood and serves it piled high on a sesame seed bun with side items such as smoked green beans, fresh-cut fries, coleslaw and spicy cowboy beans.
"We use nothing but pure, grain-fed Hereford beef that's all natural with no hormones or steroids," says restaurant owner Aubrey Bean. "The taste is unbelievable."
Judge Bean's Shrimp Diablo is another signature menu item, consisting of jalapeno peppers stuffed with smoked shrimp or chicken with cheese and wrapped in bacon.
"Our jambalaya is also really good, and we're now serving Tex-Mex breakfast burritos with Mexican chorizo sausage," Bean says.
"We did free breakfast for a week, and that got people hooked. They're loving it."
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