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1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
12527464113
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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, Takeout

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    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
First part of NC Historic BBQ crawl.

Made the pilgrimage to Ayden after spending Thanksgiving with our family. Wasn't very busy when we arrived around 2pm. I ordered a large BBQ plate and my wife ordered 1/2 BBQ - 1/2 chicken plate. The BBQ is awesome perfect whole-hog flavor with skin bits in it. Slaw is okay. Corn bread is dense but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2015
FloraIII
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Chesapeake
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Pissed off I drove an hour to check this place out after seeing it on the Food Network. We checked out their website, and headed over anticipating the experience. To our dismay, a sign in the window that they're closed till January 2nd is the only notification. Nothing on the web. Even Flippin Google said they were currently open. A... More 

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Thank Ruffin B
Ayden, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

The bbq is the best in nc. The service is fast and friendly. The atmosphere is truly southern with the meat being prepared right before your eyes.

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Thank brenda s
Fredericksburg, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This is the first time I have tried this restaurant. I am from Eastern NC so this BBQ is what I grew up with and I must say this is the best BBQ I have ever had! If you get there and there is a line out the door don’t be scared. You walk up and order get your food... More 

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Thank forangela
CAROLINA SHORES, United States
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

We traveled 40 miles just to try Pete Jones's BBQ and we were not disappointed! BBQ is my favorite food and they definitely know how to do it right. We got the large tray and the portions were generous which included the BBQ, slaw, and a j Large piece of cornbread. We topped this off with their good ole southern... More 

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Thank Thomas E
Chesapeake
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Made the pilgrimage to Ayden after spending Thanksgiving with our family. Wasn't very busy when we arrived around 2pm. I ordered a large BBQ plate and my wife ordered 1/2 BBQ - 1/2 chicken plate. The BBQ is awesome perfect whole-hog flavor with skin bits in it. Slaw is okay. Corn bread is dense but I liked it. CASH only... More 

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Thank FloraIII
Sicklerville Nj
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We stop in here at the insistence of a friend! He claimed that this place had the best bbq in north Carolina? When I'm traveling in NC I try to visit at least a couple bbq place and I have to say that this place ranks at the top of my list. The pork is lightly dressed with a vinegar... More 

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Thank akula2205
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

It was OK. A one time thing. The pork was OK same as everywhere else here. Definitely not worth going too far out of the way for. I could hurt someone with that cornbread. That was def bad. One and done place. If this is high life to you it's time to branch out and see the world

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Thank Derek G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

I saw this place mentioned on the food network channel and I decided the next time I was in the area I would try the bbq. I must say the bbq was very good along with the chicken. The good praise on the food network channel was right. Definitely will be going back.

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Thank Robert C
Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This is the definitive eastern North Carolina style. First,it's whole hog, with crinkly bits of skin mixed in, so you get varied tastes. Then it's lightly doused with a vinegar sauce -- none of that poncey tomato sauce you get in Lexington or -- gasp! -- Texas. There's extra homemade vinegar sauce on the table. Use it. The spices in... More 

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Thank Saunterer1099
Vanceboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I was very pleased with the amount of food that we got, and the taste of the food was good. However, I must admit that I personally have had better BBQ. Cornbread was unique but delicious. I really can say nothing bad, I just feel that it was not as good as everyone had hyped it up to be, with... 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: 12527464113

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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