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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Takeout
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Southern Food

My fave is their pulled pork and the vinegar sauce you can add to your BBQ. They also have fried chicken livers and gizzards when you're into those. Plenty of sides and desserts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Lovey W
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  • Dining on a budget
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

My fave is their pulled pork and the vinegar sauce you can add to your BBQ. They also have fried chicken livers and gizzards when you're into those. Plenty of sides and desserts.

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

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's and we greatly appreciate your 5 star review. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ" and hope we will always be your Fav! Thank you More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great variety of items to choose from. The potato salad & collards are my favorite! They have chicken livers like mama use to make. The fried chicken is awesome & the Brunswick Stew & pastry are to die for. The coleslaw is fresh... There isn't really anything on the menu that I don't enjoy. A must stop when going through... More 

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Thanks for stopping by Gardner's on your travels and we greatly appreciate your 5 star review. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about our style of southern cooking" and hope we have the opportunity to serve you with another delicious meal on your next trip through. Thank you More 

Fairfax
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Gardner's is one of my favorite restaurants while visiting Rocky Mount, NC. It has a very down home feel whether you are in the restaurant or getting your food to go. The barbecue made just right and the peach cobbler melts in my mouth. My favorite of all are the hush puppies and stew but would recommend the buffet so... More 

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

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's and we greatly appreciate your 5 star review. Have your tried out cobbler with our newest feature...ice cream? The hot cobbler with melting ice cream is just so yummy. 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... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This place is a must if you visit the Rocky Mount area. Barbecue is delicious, greens excellent and the Hush puppies yummm

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

We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. Hope to see you again. More 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you like ENC BBQ then this is a must stop. Also if you have a taste for Southern home style cooking them this is as good as it get's. The price is right.

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

Happy to see a person from Rocky Mount leave us a 5 star review on this site. We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. Hope to see you soon! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Got here at 1100am and ribs, bbq chicken were cold. Brunswick stew was just bad. Chicken and pastry liquid taste like it come out of can. Gardeners is off my list for dinning.

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Milford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Fried chicken the best. The buffet was awesome-everything hot and tasty. I just kept going back for more-didn't feel bad-so did every one else. Don't get fried chicken like this in Maine. Keep up the good work!

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

Yes we have to admit our Fried Chicken is pretty darn good. It's made fresh on site every day. At Gardner’s we strive to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience and fresh hot Southern style home cookin’ and something for everyone. We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. It's... More 

Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is my family's favorite spot for NC BBQ and fried chicken. We drive down from Richmond, VA a few times a year. We don't eat fried chicken anywhere else, and there is no BBQ like this in Virginia. We love the buffet, and in the past few years the buffet has grown with more choices. For us, we stick... More 

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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 are famous for our juicy chicken and all the fixins and we are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful expereince. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ" and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Can never go to Rocky Mount without stopping into Gardners for chopped barbecue. In fact we take the cooler to get some thats frozen to bring back to Pa.

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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 are famous for our juciy chicken and all the fixins and we are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful expereince. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ" and... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I loved the food at Gardner's. Great BBQ, veggies and hushpuppies but I visited twice this weekend and on both occasions I experienced the worst customer service EVER. The second visit was thru the drive thru (didn't enjoy the first experience inside) and they were even rude at the drive thru. I would not go back even if the food... 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. We hope to see you back and give you service with a smile. More 

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Additional Information about Gardner's Barbecue

Address: 1331 N Wesleyan Blvd (Highway 301), Rocky Mount, NC 27803
Phone Number: +1 252-446-2983
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Rocky Mount
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
Average Prices: USD 3 to 15
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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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)  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-446-2983

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 to 15
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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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