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Justin Timberlake may be the “Man of the Woods” but this week he was also a man of the Midwood Smokehouse on Central Avenue. The pop star stopped by the Plaza Midwood eatery for lunch around 2:00 on Monday afternoon. He’s in town to perform a sold-out show at Spectrum Center on Tuesday night.

According to multiple reports, Timberlake was with two other people when he walked into the popular barbecue restaurant and turned a lot of heads. The 15-20 other diners were stunned to see the singer but managed to leave him alone. That’s never a guarantee with someone of J.T.’s caliber.

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A Midwood Smokehouse manager said that Timberlake and company spent a little over an hour at the restaurant. And what did the Memphis native order? He went with one of Midwood Smokehouse’s signature menu items: burnt ends, which are cubes of caramelized brisket tossed in a barbecue sauce made with cola. The lunch order also included St. Louis style ribs with sides of baked beans, creamed corn, and collard greens.

Celebrity sightings are not uncommon at Midwood Smokehouse’s Central Avenue location. Notable visitors have included Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Murray (below). Bob Dylan recently ordered food to go.

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