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132 S Church St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-5701
252-446-8568
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7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Rocky Mount icon still living off its now undeserved rep

12 years ago when I first ate here it was awesome. Great burgers and hotdogs in the traditional southern style. They brought your food out on a piece of paper and they used chip ice in drinks. Well all that's still the same but the food especially the hotdogs have lost their quality and zest.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2013
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North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

There's no reason to write a review of this place if your going by and want a quick cheap bite it's ok. But you should never make a special trip. The hotdogs a a Costco store are better in fact the only places I know there worse is your local 7 -11 or other convinence store. As for service ok... More 

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Red Oak, NC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been eating hot dogs here f.o.r.e.v.e.r. they are still awesome!! I plan to bring my grandchildren down to have one and see Bullocks Christmas trees...a long standing tradition that needs to carry on.

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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207 reviews 207 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Some of the other reviews claim that these are the best burgers in the state. I don't get it. I've eaten burgers at Central Cafe for several years -- it's close to the office I visit and others want a quick meal. If it were up to me, we would not be eating here. I don't care if they serve... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Choice of burgers or hot dogs served on waxed paper. The burgers are good but served on waxed paper! For a quick meal at a reasonable price it is ok.

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Nashville, NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

You are not paying for the paper that the food is served on! The burgers have been the best for the 48 years I have been eating in Rocky Mount. I still eat there once a week. Great chili, great hamburger steak, great slaw, and really good sweet tea. Still the best cheeseburger around. If you are coming through Rocky... More 

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

My favorite hamburger in town. The best Cokes anywhere. The shaved ice makes the drinks they serve. Great people serving and cooking.

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Rocky Mount, NC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

12 years ago when I first ate here it was awesome. Great burgers and hotdogs in the traditional southern style. They brought your food out on a piece of paper and they used chip ice in drinks. Well all that's still the same but the food especially the hotdogs have lost their quality and zest.

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Wewahitchka, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have been eating here since the 60's,, excellent burgers & chilly dogs,, management needs training!!,, Waitress's nice & pleasant !! Only way to really appreciate the flavor of these cheeseburgers a/w & hotdogs a/w ( definitely with chilli) is to have eaten at several other establishments that claim to have the best dogs & burgers,,

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North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

On a long drive we needed to stop for lunch, using the reviews we went here with high hopes..... goodness me, I felt like Alice down the Rabbit Hole....where we ate was clean and the servers very sweet but the food...nothing special and in fact was so mundane as to be subpar. The reviews cheering on their hot dogs did... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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162 reviews 162 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Friend recommended this place as a 3rd generation restuarant that served great chili dogs. I decided to try just on rep and they did not disappoint - their chili is brown chili that looks like alot of finely ground beef on a dog, not the typical runny red stuff. I could have eaten 3 easily.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 132 S Church St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-5701
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: 252-446-8568

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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