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Gardner's Barbecue

1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27803
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Ranked #29 of 112 Restaurants in Rocky Mount
Price range: $3 - $11
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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295 reviews 295 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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.

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Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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

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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. More

Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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

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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. 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

NC
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 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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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

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 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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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner's Barbecue, responded to this review

Our buffet contains all there is to love about growing up in East Carolina. From collards to our famous fried chicken we have an extensive choice of items but we don't chose to over season our buffet so it can suit multiple palates. We have a few seasoning choices on the tables that are there for guests who like a... More

Salem, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 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

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