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1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
252 746-4113
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Plate? Who needs a stinkin' plate!

I arrived at the Skylight in just after 11am and beat the lunch crowd. They were busy chopping up the freshly smoked pig behind the counter as I placed my order, a medium BBQ plate. The Skylight Inn is about as basic as it can get. No choice of sides, just cole slaw and a slab of cornbread served... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I'm in the process of completing the NC BBQ Trail and Skylight Inn has been one of my favorite stops so far. Their whole-hog method of cooking barbecue can't be beat and their use of vinegar is flavorful without being overwhelming. I wasn't as big a fan of the cornbread which was a little dry and hard, but all in... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

While driving down to Florida, my husband and I made a special detour just for some Skylight Inn chopped whole hog pork sandwiches! You won't find anything even close to this anywhere else. The pork is juicy and full of yummy charred skin crunchies. Top it with some of their special vinegar based bbq sauce and you have an amazing... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Make the drive down to Ayden and get some of this BBQ. Really good Eastern North Carolina BBQ - so good you want to eat it as is - old school simple family dining room; really a great place!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I have heard of the Skylight Inn in Ayden for years and finally detoured by there for lunch. The BBQ was really good, oak smoked and chopped right there in front of you. Line up at the counter and order a tray or sandwich. Sides are homemade and limited to slaw and cornbread. Large tray is $7.50 and is a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

You may say that eastern NC whole hog BBQ is not be your preferred style of 'cue. Before you decide for sure, give Skylight a try. It's the best.

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Manassas, Virginia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We were on a family trip down memory lane visiting some Jones family sites.....and had to stop and get some BBQ!!!! Some of the best BBQ I have ever eaten!!! The staff was so friendly and the place was so clean. Everybody both staff and patrions talked to everybody wanting to know who we were and where we were from.....GREAT... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

We decided to go here after watching the video on there we site. We are so glad we did. You can taste the smoke from the oak but it did not over power the meet. The corn bread was what I was expecting and the slaw was a good complement to the meat. I added just a little more vinager... More 

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Louisiana
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

(Raising right hand) I confess I am a BBQ snob. I confess it takes a lot to impress me with BBQ. I have eaten BBQ all across the south and this was excellent. I do not like cole slaw - no matter who makes it so I cannot speak to the slaw. The cornbread is not for everyone as it... More 

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Rocky Mount
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I arrived at the Skylight in just after 11am and beat the lunch crowd. They were busy chopping up the freshly smoked pig behind the counter as I placed my order, a medium BBQ plate. The Skylight Inn is about as basic as it can get. No choice of sides, just cole slaw and a slab of cornbread served in... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Definitely the best BBQ in the area, I rate it highly next to B's. The meat is just divine and the price really can't be beaten! It closes quite early though and if you're there 30 minutess before closure you will be rushed out. For me the cornbread is way to dense and the coleslaw is far too sweet but... More 

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Additional Information about Skylight Inn

Address: 1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
Phone Number: 252 746-4113
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Ayden
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Ayden
  • Phone Number: 252 746-4113

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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