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Skylight Inn

1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
252 746-4113
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Ranked #2 of 12 restaurants in Ayden
Cuisines: Barbecue
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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37 reviews 37 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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106 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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Richmond, VA
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28 restaurant reviews
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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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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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88 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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10 restaurant reviews
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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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