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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 44
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    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
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  • 5
    Terrible
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
Good BBQ

Made a detour on the way to Kitty hawk just to try the barbecue here. I got the large tray and it was plenty. The barbecued pork was delicious, eastern North Carolina style. It had good smoke flavor along with the spicy vinegar tang. If you are looking for a variety of side dishes, you are in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
JuanPedro44
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Springfield, OH
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Springfield, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Made a detour on the way to Kitty hawk just to try the barbecue here. I got the large tray and it was plenty. The barbecued pork was delicious, eastern North Carolina style. It had good smoke flavor along with the spicy vinegar tang. If you are looking for a variety of side dishes, you are in the wrong place.... More 

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Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

On our way from Raleigh to Southport we had to visit this much reviewed and much lauded BBQ mecca. 11:30 on a Friday morning and the line was just about out the door. Maybe that was because this was a chicken day in addition to the whole hog chopped pork. Order and pick up at the counter. Cash only. We... More 

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Outer Banks, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Living on the coast of eastern NC, I've been fortunate to taste virtually every version of our famous vinegar-based pork BBQ and I am always happy to find somewhere I've never been. Ayden is the latest new experience. Let's get some issues out of the way right off: 'cue ain't supposed to be fancy, and so what if the tables... More 

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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was our second time coming to the Skylight Inn, and it was just as good as the first time! Their barbecue is "whole hog" meaning that it has bits of crackling (dried pork skins) mixed in. The trays, which my whole family got, come with a big piece of cornbread and a boat of slaw. The slaw is good... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I am a local and ate here for the first time. The Barbecue seems to have little flavor at all. I rather put my dollars on Parkers!!!

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Winston-Salem, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My husband insisted we come to the Skylight for me to have the pork BBQ. I agreed but did not "get it". When we arrived, the parking lot was full to overflowing and there was a long line out the door. Still, I was unsure but, oh my, wow, this is the best BBQ ever... No doubt. Was definitely worth... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

As a native of Eastern NC, I've eaten barbecue all my life, and I've eaten various other things called barbecue all across the US - ribs in Memphis, brisket in Kansas City and in Texas, even goat in Kentucky. But at the Skylight Inn, this is barbecue. Nothing but well-cooked whole-hog pork, lightly seasoned with vinegar-pepper sauce, a side of... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The Skylight Inn is an Ayden, NC landmark. I get that, and the BBQ was good. They serve everything in paper food trays, and stack the items (BBQ, slaw, cornbread) on top of each other. There is no cash register, and there are no plates. Oh, and no menu either. They serve BBQ, slaw, and cornbread, period. There are no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We saw this in a magazine. This is where the locals eat. I got a small pork sandwich with slaw. The meat was excellent. The sale was good. The cornbread tasted more like grit bread. Very disappointed with the cornbread. Will come back for the meat.

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Raleigh,NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

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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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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