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1331 N Wesleyan Blvd (Highway 301), Rocky Mount, NC 27803
+1 252-446-2983
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Dessert
Description: Gardner's Foods consists of three restaurants in Rocky Mount, North...
Gardner's Foods consists of three restaurants in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as well as a catering and wholesale division. Everything began in 1972 when experienced food operators, Gerry and Jim Gardner, decided to develop a good ole country cooking restaurant that specialized in Eastern North Carolina barbecue, as well as Southern fried chicken and its famous Southern style collards. Our 301 North Location seats 250 people and has a huge buffet with such items as * Fried Chicken* Baked Chicken * Pork Barbecue* Turkey Barbecue* Brunswick Stew * Chicken Pastry* Cabbage* Squash* Peas* Boiled Potatoes* Rice & Gravy* Fish* Salad Bar* Dessert Bar Gardner Foods is USDA inspected. We cook only whole hogs, and our Barbecue is cooked Eastern North Carolina style. It's seasoned with crushed red pepper and vinegar as well as a few secret ingredients. Our barbecue is deboned and mixed by hand - prepared specially for you.Turkey Barbecue:Gardner's debones and mixes whole turkeys by hand, and is also prepared Eastern North Carolina style. Turkey barbecue is the perfect alternative for our customers who are not able to eat or do not prefer pork. Southern Style Collards:Gardner's southern style collards are cooked, seasoned, chopped. All Our southern style collards are a unique product that looks good on any plate. Gardner's also has a great thick and hearty Brunswick Stew that includes two meats and lots of vegetables. Our Vegetable Soup with chicken is also a local favorite. Voted Best BBQ in Rocky Mount 2012. Voted best hush puppies in Rocky Mount 2012.
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Good for:
Large groups
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Buffet
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Carry home and return again and again

I went to Gardner's Barbecue to get barbecue for my family. I bought 2 pints of barbecue, cole slaw and hushpuppies. While there, I saw delicious looking golden fried chicken; I ordered only 4 pieces. BIG MISTAKE....I should have ordered much more of everything. When I arrived home, the food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Accokeek, Maryland
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Buffet
  • Dessert
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Accokeek, Maryland
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I went to Gardner's Barbecue to get barbecue for my family. I bought 2 pints of barbecue, cole slaw and hushpuppies. While there, I saw delicious looking golden fried chicken; I ordered only 4 pieces. BIG MISTAKE....I should have ordered much more of everything. When I arrived home, the food was devoured in minutes and I had to make another... More 

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Coram, New York
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

That was literally how I came to this friendly place. It felt like you just went to your favorite relative's house for dinner and they laid it on. They have a buffet that is just good old, down home Southern home cooking. You have to check this out. The veggies, the chicken the ribs, fried livers, mac and cheese, desserts.... More 

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Nutley, New Jersey
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357 reviews 357 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We are driving from NJ to FL and this was our first stop for dinner. The hotel recommended Gardner's which was nearby. The buffet is a delicious bargain. My favorites were the collard greens, fried chicken, pulled pork and hush puppies. I also tried a little bit of a lot of other offerings ((baked beans, sweet potato). There were many... More 

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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

It's always great to hear of a newcomer who really enjoys our southern style cooking, laid back atmosphere, and country style service. Thank you for taking the time out to leave us such a detailed review. Since Gardner's is a family run business the owners, managers and staff all get to see your wonderful feedback so your reviews do make... More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Stayed in Rocky Mount hotel and wanted North Carolina BBQ. We had eaten at Gardners about 15 years ago and enjoyed it so we wanted to try again. Decided to do takeout back to our room. Jennifer was at the door to greet us. We ordered the pint special. We had a special request which she verified with the manager... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thanks for your return visit to Gardner's and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review about our food and accommodating staff. I will make sure Jennifer's manager knows about the great job she has done. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ" and hope we have the... More 

Florida
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I visit this location whenever in the Rocky Mount area and typically it's something I rave about and even get cravings for. This time I got shafted. I think the fact that I didn't get in town and there until about an hour before their closing time was a huge factor. My food was not good this time. The barbecue... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

We apologize that we didn't meet your expectation at closing but we are glad you have had so many other positive experiences at Gardner's in the past. Hopefully you can leave us a 5 star review when you have something to rave about on your next visit. At Gardner's, we strive to provide a delicious meal with great guest service... More 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Great variety of food and a clean place. Food was at the right temperature. Utensils were clean. Floors and restrooms were super.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ". We strive to provide a delicious meal with great guest service and make every effort to create a safe, clean and friendly dining experience. Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Hope to see you soon. More 

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
303 reviews 303 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I hit the lunch buffet today at Gardner's and waddled out of there very happy. This place is my favorite Carolina style barbecue joint. The fried chicken is also great.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's on your travels and we greatly appreciate your 5 star review. Your reviewed made us giggle. Thank you for making us smile. Hope to see you waddling out of Gardner's again soon. More 

Virginia
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stopped here on our way home for take-out. We have always gotten good food before. The corn sticks were so greasy we threw them away. The chicken was really greasy and most of that went uneaten. The BBQ and coleslaw were just okay. But the worst was the Brunswick Stew. Kind of a dull brown colored broth, no corn... More 

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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

If you would be so kind as to contact us via email on our website or call our district manager at 252-907-3871 so we can figure out which location you were at and rectify any issues you may have experienced. The majority of the items you mentioned are made fresh on site every day. Our Brunswick stew on the other... More 

Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A great restaurant in Rocky Mount. Our first time there and it was very good with lots of choices on the buffet. First time i can say i like hushpuppies...chicken was excellent, bbq pork was very good and all the extras to go along with it...great food, great family who owns it...hope to be back from Michigan to enjoy it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's on your travels and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ" and hope we have the opportunity to serve you with another delicious meal on your next trip through. More 

Sarasota, Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great buffet style bbq with all the fixings. Two types of collard greens, great hush puppies, turkey bbq for those who can't do pork, and Fridays are fish day. My family makes a point of stopping here at least once a year on our way to Virginia. Its a bit of a family tradition so I'm partial to North Carolina... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's on your travels and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. Yes Every Friday night we have a special Seafood buffet and we are delighted to hear that we are part of your family tradtion. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ"... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1331 N Wesleyan Blvd (Highway 301), Rocky Mount, NC 27803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-446-2983

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget

Description

Gardner's Foods consists of three restaurants in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as well as a catering and wholesale division. Everything began in 1972 when experienced food operators, Gerry and Jim Gardner, decided to develop a good ole country cooking restaurant that specialized in Eastern North Carolina barbecue, as well as Southern fried chicken and its famous Southern style collards. Our 301 North Location seats 250 people and has a huge buffet with such items as * Fried Chicken* Baked Chicken * Pork Barbecue* Turkey Barbecue* Brunswick Stew * Chicken Pastry* Cabbage* Squash* Peas* Boiled Potatoes* Rice & Gravy* Fish* Salad Bar* Dessert Bar Gardner Foods is USDA inspected. We cook only whole hogs, and our Barbecue is cooked Eastern North Carolina style. It's seasoned with crushed red pepper and vinegar as well as a few secret ingredients. Our barbecue is deboned and mixed by hand - prepared specially for you.Turkey Barbecue:Gardner's debones and mixes whole turkeys by hand, and is also prepared Eastern North Carolina style. Turkey barbecue is the perfect alternative for our customers who are not able to eat or do not prefer pork. Southern Style Collards:Gardner's southern style collards are cooked, seasoned, chopped. All Our southern style collards are a unique product that looks good on any plate. Gardner's also has a great thick and hearty Brunswick Stew that includes two meats and lots of vegetables. Our Vegetable Soup with chicken is also a local favorite. Voted Best BBQ in Rocky Mount 2012. Voted best hush puppies in Rocky Mount 2012.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?