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900 North Main Street, Lexington, NC
336.248.4633
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Classic Lexington BBQ and great service

I'm a Lexington native. If you ask anyone who lives here, we each have our favorite among the many BBQ restaurants in town. The Barbecue Center is my favorite; I have been eating here for 30 years. The 1950s decor has actually been there since the 1950s, so it's a bit worn, but authentic. Staff is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Alyson H
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Lexington, North Carolina
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Lexington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I'm a Lexington native. If you ask anyone who lives here, we each have our favorite among the many BBQ restaurants in town. The Barbecue Center is my favorite; I have been eating here for 30 years. The 1950s decor has actually been there since the 1950s, so it's a bit worn, but authentic. Staff is friendly and service is... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Select 3 flavors and watch them mound up the largest Banana Split you have ever seen. Three adults will be hard challenged to eat the entire thing,. They have to use wet nuts just to make sure they stay on the ice cream. I have eaten this monster bad boy three times when visiting friends in Lexington, NC. Good luck... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great example of Lexington style NC bbq, although their pulled pork was eclipsed by the amazing hush puppies, the best we had on our multi-state BBQ road trip! Decor is fading and old school, no-frills (like a LOT of BBQ joints). We came here because the Honey Monk ("Lexington BBQ") was closed, and we can't help but wonder if it... More 

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Lexington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Went to the BBQ center recently, ordered the brown sliced with the burnt edges of the pork shoulder. The best BBQ in Lexington. I was born and raised in Lexington and have ate local bbg for 50+ years.If you're in the area, don't miss visiting The BBQ Center.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Hubby and I were here twice in one week because it was so good, sauce has just enough zip no overpowering vinegar. The BBQ was perfectly flavored, smoked, tender and juicy. The hush puppies are the best I have ever had. We saw the banana splits go past us.. WOW!!!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Great food! Amazing service! I'm still not a fan of the red slaw, but this place was one of the best! Get some ice cream here! Nicest people ever!

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Lexington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The pork BBQ is quite tasty, as it is at most Lexington area BBQ restaurants. The slaw and the hushpuppies are where the big differences are found. The slaw at the Barbeque Center is watery and bland, and I am not a fan of the 'puppies. Their best menu items are the Barbeque chicken and the banana split .

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Piedmont, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My wife and sister-in-law ate lunch here one day, and called me and my brother (we live about 40 miles away) to come join them for dinner - that's how much they liked it. The seating is a little cramped - I'll just call it cozy. The service was excellent - all staff was very nice. Food delivery was quick.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

For those of you not from North Carolina, there is a strong debate across the state on which style of barbeque is preferred -- the eastern vinegar based sauce or the western tomato based sauce. (Don't even mention the mustard based sauce from South Carolina) Some folks have strong preferences, others do not. For the western style fans, Lexington is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

WHAT AM I a f*** person from Mars? Sat down 15 people came in no one waited on me.Bathroom smelled like urine Where do they smoke? I SMELLED no smoke from anywhere. THIS IS MY first time here and my last I bet they get the BBQ off a food delivery truck I drove around back so you can see... More 

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Additional Information about Barbecue Center

Address: 900 North Main Street, Lexington, NC
Phone Number: 336.248.4633
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Lexington
Open Hours:
Monday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900 North Main Street, Lexington, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 336.248.4633

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 9:30 pm

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