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Gardner's Barbecue

1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27803
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Ranked #30 of 111 restaurants in Rocky Mount
Price range: $3 - $11
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Family Fare
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Dessert
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.
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Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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

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NC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Visited the one on sunset blvd. Buffet was not as big as the one on 301. Had to call someone to refill tea. I do not like the BBQ here, it does not have a lot of flavor and a little on the dry side. I don't know what was up with the food but it sent me and the... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stopped in for lunch on our way to the Outer Banks. The fried chicken was the best I've ever tasted. Very juicy inside and crunchy outside. We got to sample some other foods, like collard greens and their banana pudding. We liked it all. I cannot believe anyone had a negative review of this place.

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

southern down home cooking at every day low cost, best barbecue, great sides friendly, not fancy but just good food.

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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 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 have the opportunity to serve you with another delicious meal on your next trip through. We want our place to feel like home. Thank... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We were on our way back to NJ from FL and anxious to try some NC-style barbecue. Perhaps I should have read the reviews more carefully because we were extremely disappointed. The fried chicken was the best item on the buffet although my husband said the short ribs were good. The pulled pork was dry without much flavor. However, where... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of the experience you had at our restaurant. We are sorry about the unsatisfactory impression the visit left on you. At Gardner's, we strive to provide a delicious meal with great guest service and make every effort to create a safe, clean and friendly dining experience. We appreciate the time you... More

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Gardners has a barbecue buffet that offers a wide variety of choices. It is what might be called Southern comfort food. While the variety was extensive , we found the quality and taste was very average. The service was good and the waitress very friendly. It was a good place to try but I doubt we will be going back.

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Salem, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

A local standard. Great lunch options, buffet or order in or out. Good pork barbecue, also chicken and loads of fresh vegetables. Pleant of parking spaces and loads of room both inside and out.

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

Our locals do love us and we have kept our tradtion going for over 40 years. Thank for mentioning the ample parking area at our 301 location for tractor trailers and RVs. etc. We appreciate your 5 star review and hope to serve you again. More

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I lived in North Carolina years ago and wanted some barbecue on my way south. I asked the staff at the Hampton Inn where I could get the best barbecue and she recommended Gardner's. She said that there were two and the one further from the hotel was the better of the two. We went there and found a tired... More

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

At Gardner's, we strive to provide a delicious meal with great guest service and make every effort to create a safe, clean and friendly dining experience. We recently underwent a management change and we hope you will give us another try. More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

My family and I stopped by after a funeral we attended at January 25 we had Nikki and we ate buffet around 2pm and the food was great. We go out to eat a lot and have had many waitress and waiters but Nikki really stood out she made us feel at home very good hospitality. Thank you...

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

Thank you for your wonderful review. The General Manager and District Manager have both been notified about how happy your were with your waitress Nikki. Names go a long way in helping reward those who made a difference in your experience. Thank you. More

Montoursville, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

First of all, this is not a gourmet restaurant. It is a down-home style buffet. Traveling from NE Pennsylvania to Myrtle Beach with two friends, I wanted them to experience local cuisine. I had visited a friend in Raleigh-Durham several years ago and she introduced me to the local banana pudding. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We... 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 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. Gardner's isn't t a fancy place,... More

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