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1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
252 746-4113
Today
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 30
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  • 23
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 3
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  • 5
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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
Plate? Who needs a stinkin' plate!

I arrived at the Skylight in just after 11am and beat the lunch crowd. They were busy chopping up the freshly smoked pig behind the counter as I placed my order, a medium BBQ plate. The Skylight Inn is about as basic as it can get. No choice of sides, just cole slaw and a slab of cornbread served... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
turkmanastan
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Rocky Mount
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We decided to go here after watching the video on there we site. We are so glad we did. You can taste the smoke from the oak but it did not over power the meet. The corn bread was what I was expecting and the slaw was a good complement to the meat. I added just a little more vinager... More 

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Louisiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

(Raising right hand) I confess I am a BBQ snob. I confess it takes a lot to impress me with BBQ. I have eaten BBQ all across the south and this was excellent. I do not like cole slaw - no matter who makes it so I cannot speak to the slaw. The cornbread is not for everyone as it... More 

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Rocky Mount
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I arrived at the Skylight in just after 11am and beat the lunch crowd. They were busy chopping up the freshly smoked pig behind the counter as I placed my order, a medium BBQ plate. The Skylight Inn is about as basic as it can get. No choice of sides, just cole slaw and a slab of cornbread served in... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Definitely the best BBQ in the area, I rate it highly next to B's. The meat is just divine and the price really can't be beaten! It closes quite early though and if you're there 30 minutess before closure you will be rushed out. For me the cornbread is way to dense and the coleslaw is far too sweet but... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The whole hog, wood fired Q is one of the best; if not the best in NC. You won't get sides like other places. Just Q, slaw, flat corn bread. My gosh....... take 2 pounds to your beach house and make everybody happy including Mama. We went over into Ayden (one mile away) to pick up more Q and some... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

i was just a little guy all of 3 or 4 the first time I ate some of Pete's BBQ. I had a sandwich back then that was in the early 60's . I remember it as if it was yesterday my dad put me on a stool at the counter ordered me a sandwich and a bottle of Chocolate... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My wife and I ate here on Saturday February 21, 2015. We each had a medium tray of BBQ with slaw, cornbread and drink. It doesn't get any simpler than that. The meat is hand-chopped in front of you. Behind the restaurant stands a giant pile of firewood for cooking the pork. The cornbread is fried and flat, which gives... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

As a self-proclaimed eastern NC BBQ connoisseur, I was genuinely disappointed with my first bite of "Pete Jones" legendary wood-smoked pork barbecue. For me the smoky flavor was overpowering, but the coleslaw offset some of the pungency. Perhaps the BBQ sandwich with slaw would have been more to my liking. The flat, greasy cornbread wasn't my favorite either, although I'm... More 

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Ayden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you like wood cooked barbecue, this is the place for you. Whole hog. Don't expect a variety of food. The choices here are: small, medium or large.

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Magnolia, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is only one criterion that ultimately matters for how to evaluate a barbecue joint: the quality of the smoked meat. Whether you are eating brisket in Texas, burnt ends in KC, pork ribs in Memphis, or chopped pork in the Carolinas, or even mutton in western Kentucky, the meat is the thing. It must be cooked low and slow... 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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