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Allen & Son Barbecue

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6203 Millhouse Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-8101
(919) 942-7576
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great BBQ (and desserts)

While traveling through we wanted to stop for Carolina BBQ and stopped at this great local joint. The service was super and the food came quick. We went at 3 in the afternoon and the place was pretty steady the whole time and they also had several take-out orders. They only had one sauce to add... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Brian S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Cary, North Carolina
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117 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Driven by it for years and finally stopped in - it is a classic old NC "Q" spot and I really liked the charm of that authentic country charm. However, our waitress was not too charming. She got the job done but was surly and harried. Maybe she was not having a good day, but I suspect that is just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

While traveling through we wanted to stop for Carolina BBQ and stopped at this great local joint. The service was super and the food came quick. We went at 3 in the afternoon and the place was pretty steady the whole time and they also had several take-out orders. They only had one sauce to add and it was pretty... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for fancy, white table cloth dining, this is not your place. However, if you are looking for the best barbecue, Brunswick stew, cole slaw, and hush puppies, you have stepped into heaven. Allen and Son is an institution in this area and they deserve all the accolades they get. The food is simply the best Southern... More 

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North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I stopped by Allen & Son recently after avoiding it for several years. Unfortunately, besides still being overpriced and customer unfriendly (they can't be bothered to offer unsweet tea), this time the barbecue tasted like it had been reheated from the day before. The slaw was good and the potato salad ok. BTW, this is not eastern NC style or... More 

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grande prairie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

It has been several years that I have been to Allen and Sons in Chapel Hill so why am I writing now? I'm looking for different styles of BBQ sauces and I remember that Allen and Sons were highly rated as a restaurant so I'm assuming they would have a good sauce. When I was there I don't remember even... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a return visit...I am in Chapel Hill once a year to visit family. Excellent barbecue...cole slaw & hushpuppies...a really full meal. Desserts look very good. North Carolina barbecue has a vinegar base. Worth a visit.

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I used to frequent this gem. I used to crave their meat. But today I was unimpressed. Meat was dry and kinda tough. Everything else was as I remembered. Guess my number two (bullocks) has now risen to number one.

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Rocky Mount
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I have been crossing BBQ joints from the NC BBQ Trail off my list. Today I visited Allen & Son's to try some of their wood smoked BBQ. I arrived early and the place was empty. I ordered the BBQ plate, which comes with slaw and hush puppies. The price per plate is higher than elsewhere. The food came out... More 

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Venice, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Barbecue was delicious, sauce is vinegar and red peppers and that is all. As it should be! Service is fast and friendly. Hushpuppies are melt in your mouth good!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Visit BBQ places everywhere we visit and we agree this is the best BBQ we've tasted. Ribs were meaty, the sauce spicey, the potato salad was mustard based and the slaw was good. The chopped pork was not fatty and smokey. What more can you want. And they have home made vanilla ice cream to finish everything off.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6203 Millhouse Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-8101
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: (919) 942-7576

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?