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Skylight Inn

1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
252 746-4113
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Ranked #1 of 10 restaurants in Ayden
Cuisines: Barbecue
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85% Recommend
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Richmond, VA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The Skylight Inn has been featured in just about everything including Southern Living magazine so we were excited to have an opportunity to visit. This place is not fancy, but most North Carolina barbecue restaurants are simple affairs. You place your order at a walk-up counter and then sit wherever you would like. The menu is limited to barbecue, slaw,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The Skylight has excellent eastern North Carolina style barbeque. The building is humble. The main point of a barbeque restaurant is not the dining area, but where and how the barbeque is cooked. It is cooked over wood in an out building. Proper barbeque. The slaw is slightly yellow and pretty sweet. The cornbread is essentially pan bread, but it... More

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Bay Village, Ohio
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108 reviews 108 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

I knew the hype. When I walked in I was skeptical, but this really is the best "q" I've ever had. I am partial to Carolina style. If you are looking for Memphis, Texas, Kansas City, you are in the wrong place. This is a very limited menu, but it is the very best if what it does.

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Maumee, Ohio
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

In is not close to anyplace. My wife and I drove 2 hours out of our way for lunch. It was worth it. Most of the time you do not get whole hog - just shoulder or ribs. They cook the whole hog and chop it up - also they add the skin in small chunks to get a crispy... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Led to the Skylight by Michael Pollan's profile of eastern NC BBQ in his book *Cooked*, we found the meal even more minimalist than we expected, but we would definitely second the praise below for the pulled pork--not too salty, fatty, or smokey, and the first time I've had it with decent crackling mixed in. The sweet slaw and the... More

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205 reviews 205 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is a certified, 100% barbecue joint. There are six lines on the menu which basically allow you to order various amounts of the perfectly cooked meat. Don't go in here with a headache as you'll hear the continuous chopping of the meat on the block behind the counter, over and over, chop, put in the trough, repeat. Pretty much... More

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Camarillo, California
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315 reviews 315 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

There is Arthur Bryants in Kansas City and Bludsoes in Los angeles, both of which serve up fantastic barbecue. But if you have never traipsed off the interstate to the Skylight Inn you have missed some of the best barbecue in the U.S. Its smokey yet not overwhelmed with sauce. Simple, tasty and one of a kind.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stopped in on a bike trip. Had to try the BBQ, Eastern NC style. It was absolutely the best I have eaten. Surely it was, smoked over wood, whole hog BBQ. It was served in paper trays not even sitting on a serving tray. A small serving was $6.00 which included a loaded tray of Q, cole slaw, and... More

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Greensboro, NC
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

The pork is smokey, juicy, and tender. The ambience is just right for a barbecue house and the people friendly. This is a great example of eastern North Carolina barbecue. The vinegar sauce adds to the flavors without overwhelming the meat. The cracklings cut in with the meat were uncomfortably hard for me but that is a minor point for... More

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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I eat here every time I get to eastern N.C. I have the same thing every time- a Large Tray that comes with slaw and cornbread.....in stead of the small or medium! If you have never tried this restaurant, you owe it to yourself put it on your bucket list!

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