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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: Dinner, Lunch

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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
Very Good Carolina BBQ

Five of us were trying the Skylight Inn for the first time. Three got the large BBQ, another got the medium and I had the sandwich without coleslaw (I don't care for coleslaw). You get a lot of BBQ with the large. One couldn't finish their large but the other 2 did finish but said they should... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Raleigh,NC
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

After hearing about the Skylight Inn for several years, we visited the restaurant today. We split the large bbq tray, and we also had sweet tea and chocolate cake. The tray consisted of a generous portion of bbq and slaw along with a large piece of fried cornbread. What makes Skylight Inn barbecue different and delicious is that they mix... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It's a detour if you're heading out the southern NC beaches but you should pencil it into your drive! They roast the pigs and cut the meat on site. They crisp the pork skin and then cut it back into the meat. Need I say more? Excellent value, no frills, the star of the show is the meat! Plenty of... More 

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Newport News, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Five of us were trying the Skylight Inn for the first time. Three got the large BBQ, another got the medium and I had the sandwich without coleslaw (I don't care for coleslaw). You get a lot of BBQ with the large. One couldn't finish their large but the other 2 did finish but said they should have gotten a... More 

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Farmville, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Saw it on the Food Channel as number 3 in the US for BBQ so I went over to try it and it was awesome. I also enjoyed the hoe cake style cornbread and am going back this weekend

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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