Johnny Rebs' - Orange

2940 E Chapman Ave
Orange CA 92869
(714) 633-3369
  • Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
About Johnny Rebs' - Orange

Larry and Cheryl Carter began Johnny Rebs’ in 1984. They were homesick for the South—the barbecue, smoked long and slow over hardwood coals, the catfish and hushpuppies, fried okra, peach cobbler and pecan pie, and, most of all, the true hospitality of Southern folks.


With plans to open their own Southern barbecue restaurant, Cheryl set off on a barbecue pilgrimage, starting in North Carolina where she was introduced to John Ingle, one of Larry’s high school buddies and a North Carolina restaurateur. She then set off around the countryside learning what she could from some of the best teachers in the South—stoking fires at 3:00am in joints such as Snook’s in Advance, N.C.; and later, hand rolling 1,500 buttermilk biscuits on one Saturday morning in Stone Mountain, Georgia. While she learned the ins and outs of the traditional techniques, John researched recipes for barbecue sauce, Brunswick stew, slaw, key lime pie, and countless other Johnny Rebs’ menu items. Their mission was clear—they wanted to be authentically Southern.


Back in Southern California, Larry found a 1920’s boarded-up beer bar that had never been a restaurant and decided this was just the place to start their Johnny Rebs’ dream. Cheryl oversaw the entire building process—tearing it down to a skeleton and building it back up again, meanwhile cleaning out gambling paraphernalia from the basement and removing Hell’s Angels’ bullets from the walls. She added new electrical, plumbing, and kitchen, and down home seating for 80 guests. And finally, it was finished.


Johnny Rebs’ is a genuinely rural Southern Roadhouse BBQ joint. The history is real. The people are real. The heritage is real. And the food is most certainly real. The warm, friendly staff, knotted pine interior and aroma of authentic down home cooking echo the hospitality that has made Johnny Rebs’ an institution and inspires our work daily.



Wed Sep 20 2017
| by Quizmaster Armando Plascencia

It was a duel of epic proportions at Johnny Reb's in Orange! Three's Company took an early lead, but ultimately lost to Wednesday Night Trivia Team.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 10073 Crippling Autism 37 1 1.000
2 Three's Company 35 0 0.000


Wed Sep 13 2017
| by Quizmaster Armando Plascencia

Fun night of trivia here at Johnny Rebs' in Orange! The standings froze after round 3, when all of the teams were equally matched, and got the same amount of points in each round. It all came down to round 7, but one team knew their James Bond better than any of the others. Balls Deep doubled down correctly and swooped in to the lead!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Balls Deep 68 3 1.000
2 10073 Crippling Autism 63 2 0.667
3 Three's Company 50 1 0.333
4 Team Jimmy Jacks 43 0 0.000


Wed Aug 30 2017
| by Quizmaster graham beightol

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 Long Nosed Baby 41 3 1.000
2 10073 Crippling Autism 33 2 0.667
3 Shade chasers 10 1 0.333
4 House squad 2 0 0.000