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1331 North Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27803
+1 252-446-2983
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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    Very good
  • 17
    Average
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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
NC BBQ

Go here for good ol' vinegar based chopped BBQ and crispy fried chicken. Don't forget the hush puppies and the chicken pastry and half bad either.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Jamanda1
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Battleboro, North Carolina
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Bowie, Maryland
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wanted to try a BBQ dinner and this was a block from our hotel (we drive but it was walkable). Best collard greens this 'Yankee' has eaten. Buffet was well stocked and servers were attentive.

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Battleboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Go here for good ol' vinegar based chopped BBQ and crispy fried chicken. Don't forget the hush puppies and the chicken pastry and half bad either.

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1 Thank Jamanda1
Durham, North Carolina
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

I don't eat out a lot, but when I do, it's usually at Gardener's! I go for the turkey bbq and the potato jacks (sweet potato pies in a fried pastry pocket - a slice of heaven)! I have tried the other sides, which seem to be better when you dine in for their buffet (which I've only done once).... More 

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1 Thank JayLorraine
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such an informative review of our 301 restaurant. At Gardner’s we strive to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience and fresh hot Southern style home cookin’. I recommend trying our cross cut collards and our turnip greens. We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave... More 

Springville, New York
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

I am NOT a very big eater but this facility have all types of down home southern food I guess they had everything that I was offered as a kid and hated it but as a grown up I really truly enjoy it very nice place very economical yes I would recommend this place

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Thank Michael C
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of the experience you had at our 301 restaurant. At Gardner’s we strive to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience and fresh hot Southern style home cookin’ just like your Grandma used to make. After all we have been making these foods since 1972! We would like to thank... More 

Fruit Cove, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Never miss this place when in the area. Great vinegar based eastern carolina style barbeque! Great vegetables ( did need to add salt to black eyed peas and cabbage). Collards and peach cobbler outstanding! Turkey barbeque great also. Go hungry!!!

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1 Thank annl556
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of the experience you had at our 301 restaurant. At Gardner’s we strive to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience and fresh hot Southern style home cookin’. We are happy you enjoyed the turkey BBQ. It's an healthier option than pork and we are one of the few places... More 

Indialantic, Florida
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212 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Found on Trip Advisor. Looking for real eastern Carolina bbq. The bbq was good but I prefer a little more vinegar (which was in a bottle on the table). The staff gave a warm welcome and our server was great. Unfortunately our vegetables were not warm. Our server brought out a small chicken pastry just to try for free.

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Thank RBD930
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's. Happy you enjoyed our staff and our cooking. I am the same as you I love dousing our spicy vinegar sauce on the BBQ but not everyone does which is why we leave two types of extra vinegar on the table so everyone can be happy. I am delighted our staff corrected the cold food... More 

Richmond
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

The food at Gardners was excellent. The staff was the friendliest we have ever seen. They made us feel as if we were home. The deep south night there was scrumptious.

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1 Thank Corey H
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of the experience you had at our 301 restaurant. At Gardner’s we strive to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience and fresh hot Southern style home cookin’. We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. More 

Level Contributor
24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Gardner's is an all-you-can-eat buffet of a multitude of southern food. If you like North Carolina barbeque, this is some of the best ever. Cover it with slaw and douse it good with the vinegar based sauce. The fried chicken was delicious. One of the best things, though, is the collard greens. Tender and cooked perfectly. Many other choices too.... More 

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2 Thank Bill M
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's and we greatly appreciate your 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 FAVORITE! WE love that you shared specfic items with us that you enjoy. Thanks again More 

Rocky Mount, Virginia
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124 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Sometimes, it's fresh and awesome and sometimes it's just ok. Chicken is usually very good. BBQ pork is ok. We usually like their chicken pastry, hush puppies and collards. It's really gone up in price.

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Thank mrschaplaincoley
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's. Since we cook our food mostly on site each morning and we have a buffet there can be some degree of change but not much. We haven't rasied our prices lately but we did stop some of our specials and updated them with new specials. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you... More 

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Always stop here when are in the area. They have added several items to their buffet & it is all very good. The chicken & bar b que are outstanding. Great price as well.

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2 Thank Donnie S
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of the experience you had at our 301 restaurant. 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 and hope... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1331 North Wesleyan Boulevard, 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 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children

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
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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