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Judge's Riverside Restaurant

128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC
828-433-5798
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Ranked #5 of 83 restaurants in Morganton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What an amazing dinner. Phillip, the Chef for the evening, is an incredible Chef. My husband is gluten free. He took the time to come out and meet with him, asked what he liked to eat, and proceeded to make to the letter what he wanted. Brisket, onion rings, bananas foster (which was indescribable) etc. I was stunned at the... More

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Hickory, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

They specialize in barbecue. My first bite was gristle. They trimmed it too close. On my wife's club sandwich, they used the heel of the loaf of bread. It took forever for them to prepare it. The hostess was mad at the world. The waiter was inept and disappeared. We won't be back! However we thought the restaurant was super... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We visited Judges in June and ate on the porch. It was delightful. The waitress was attentive. The food was delicious and there was live Blue Grass entertainment. We would love to return.

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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stopped here on our way to Asheville and had a great meal. Food and service were excellent. The burnt ends brisket and chicken combo was delish! Chef sat down and talked to us and told us all about the menu and awards he has won for his BBQ. He even sent out complimentary dessert - vanilla banana pudding. Excellent value... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We eat at this place today it is good give it a try im sure u will be happy . dont for get the flea market and the other places to shop enjoy ur day

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Raleigh
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Followed the pink signs from the Interstate right to the front door. We were immediately taken to a clean table outside with a view of the river. The waiter appeared promptly and we got drinks and the buffet. The barbeque was excellent with a tomato-based sauce that was neither hot/spicy, smokey, or sweet. It was pleasant. The green beans were... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

There were lots of empty tables but people were lining up out the door while hostesses decided whether to mark empty or full tables. Waitress was nonexistent after got a table. Lots of employees but only a couple guys were actually working. The rest were standing around talking to each other or on there cell phone. Finally got food but... More

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Laurinburg, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

If you're looking for great BBQ in the Morganton area, Judge's is where to go. I've been several times and have enjoyed my meals very much. The service is somewhat lacking, however. Its not that the servers are clueless, but they act like they would rather be somewhere else.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Guided by purple signs to this independent restaurant, we were pleased to overlook the river from the dining deck. Seated at a dirty table, we were dismayed to have silverware and drinks delivered onto the residue. We asked to have the table cleaned but only our half was wiped (not well), so we asked to have the other half wiped... More

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Franklin, NC
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155 reviews 155 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We were headed to Greensboro, but knew we wouldn't make it before lunch. We were starving, so I suggested we stop here since we used to eat here a lot as a family when we visited Hickory. Food was delicious, and to be honest, I didn't have anything I didn't enjoy. In fact, the cheese sticks were the best I... More

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