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Skylight Inn

1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
252 746-4113
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Ranked #3 of 12 restaurants in Ayden
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Los Alamos NM
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

BBQ chopped right in the front. Slaw was the way I like it. I am a fan of hush puppies, not served here, but the flat cornbread was tasty. I would definitely recommend.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This place is great! I love barbeque and this is some of the best. Lack of hushpuppies is what keeps me from giving it 5 stars.

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New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went on a BBQ tour of North Carolina. We picked 2 in the eastern NC and 2 in the western NC, after reading that there are two schools of BBQ pork and sauce in this state. After sampling them during the four days drive, Skylight Inn's is the best (no need to mention the other three names). They have... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I had been waiting years to make it to the Skylight Inn, based on its reputation. I, too, have eaten a lot of BBQ all over NC. The first surprise was that aside from coleslaw, Skylight offered no sides - one of the joys of most BBQ joints. Not even hush puppies. The coleslaw was sickeningly sweet. The pork had... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I don't know where most of the people reviewing are from and perhaps that tends to skew a person's opinion of what is good or great bbq. I am from eastern NC but never ate at this place until this weekend. I have eaten alot of bbq and this is nowhere near good let alone great. I guess one of... More

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Kinston, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Don't let the appearance fool you. This place is an old fashioned Eastern NC BBQ place and offers one of the tasting BBQs you can buy. Don't expect a lot of sides here. It's BBQ, Coleslaw, Corn Bread, hush puppies, and drinks. Thats it! But that's all you need to sink your teeth into this delicious pork! If you're in... More

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Newton, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Stopped here on our eastern NC 'Cue Crawl and it ended up being our favorite place of the four that we visited. The barbecue was some of the best I've EVER eaten! The flavor was off the charts. White slaw, hush puppies, and sweet tea rounded out our meal. No menus, no waitresses, no cash register, no cute tablecloths...who cares... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

After recently moving to Eastern North Carolina over 2 years ago, I ventured out to the Skylight Inn in Ayden to try this "Top of the Line BBQ" that everyone buzzed about. The location of the restaurant is located in a very sketchy area of Ayden which prompted me to definitely be sure my husband was with me. The restaurant... More

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glen ridge, nj
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The outside of this place looks like an old Denny's with a beat up replica of the capital stuck on top. Inside isn't much to look at either, aside from all the magazine article on the wall extolling how great it is. And it is pretty great. I was skeptical at first. I ordered the large meal, so a paper... More

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bluegrass state
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218 reviews 218 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Came here while in Greenville, NC. About 10 miles away. We had researched this before coming because it was on BBQ paradise tv show. This is a landmark to this area. We just didn't care for it. We got the BBQ dinner with slaw & cornbread. The BBQ is ok. It does have skin in it. I found a few... More

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