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White Swan Barbecue INC

3198 US Hwy 301 S, Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-8913
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Ranked #1 of 76 restaurants in Smithfield
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Dining on a budget
Description: White Swan BBQ is proud to be serving Johnston County and North Carolina with eastern style bbq cooked the same way for 60 years! We enjoy a great local crowd and love to visit with our travelers that make our restaurant part of their vacation stop!
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Description: White Swan BBQ is proud to be serving Johnston County and North Carolina with eastern style bbq cooked the same way for 60 years! We enjoy a great local crowd and love to visit with our travelers that make our restaurant part of their vacation stop!
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Lumberton, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you're looking for an authentic eastern NC barbecue joint, then the original White Swan is a worthy destination. I was promptly greeted as I entered by a genuinely friendly, smiling waitress/cashier. I confessed to her this was my first visit and she showed me to a table and took my order, patiently answering all of my questions. Food came... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! Very glad you have a great experience at our restaurant! You waitress was Crystal, she is on of our shift leaders and has been with us for about 6 years, great employee and person! Thanks again! More

Durham, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My family went there for dinner based on the excellent reviews. The service was fast and the food arrived quickly. The fried chicken was ok along with the bbq and the sweet tea. The cold hushpuppies would have been good if they were hot. The fried fish bait(shrimp) had lots to be desired. I honestly believe that the brunswick stew... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Sorry you did not have a good experience at our restaurant. More

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The pork BBQ is outstanding eastern Carolina style. The Brunswick stew is the best I have ever had. The atmosphere is down home south with mostly locals. Very friendly and good service. The slaw and the hush puppies are superb. We vacation in Hilton Head yearly and stop by the White Swan each way. We have recommended it to our... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

So very glad you and your family had a great visit!! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit through town! More

Florida
Top Contributor
256 reviews 256 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We like barbecue! Now the North Carolina version is not our favorite, but once in a while it just fits the bill. We had quite a nice lunch here. I had ribs, which were meaty and filling while my husband had the pulled pork. When he did not order slaw to go with it, the owner gave him some anyway.... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Glad you stopped in and tried the ribs, they are my favorite on the menu. Very glad you enjoyed your trip to our restaurant and next time you are in the area we look forward to seeing you! More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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81 reviews 81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The barbeque was excellent, the slaw was also excellent, the tea was good, but I do like iced tea with a little more timber to it. The Brunswick stew is what stands out in my memory. It was different.

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit! We love hearing from our customers and look forward to your next visit! More

Brunswick, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A friend has been bringing us White Swan BBQ for years, this time it was our turn to take the exit off of I-95, and it was well worth the stop. Everyone was friendly and happy to help. Service was very fast, including our to go order. Nice to still see a mom-and-pop type place still around!

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind word, we are glad you had a great meal and enjoyed visiting our restaurant! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

The building may not be much to look at and the decor leaves something to be desired, but the pulled pork is excellent. Their homemade vinegar based sauce and fluffy hush puppies are some of the best!

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your dinner with us, we work very hard to bring you the best BBQ we can! Look forward to your next visit! More

Va Beach
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

My parents were born and raised in NC, and I grew up thinking NC Bar-b-que was the only kind of Bar-b-que there was. After learning different, I can tell you that White Swan's Bar-b-que is the only kind I want because it is the best ! I love to go to the little restaurant on hwy 301 when visiting my... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for such kind words! We are very proud of our restaurant and really love when our customers have a great experience and enjoy our food! Dad is certainly one of a kind, and he keeps us all entertained! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

I have stopped here 4-5 times each year on the way to Myrtle Beach and Florida for the last 15 years. Great barbecue, veggies and hush puppies ! Very quick service for you traveling- quicker that a fast food restaurant . Philip Evans Midlothian, Va

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice words! We love hearing from our customers! More

Upstate New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The pork bar b que was very good as was the Brunswick Stew. The huspuppies were incredibly addictive. The string beans were mushy and tasted like they came from a can. Our waitress, Shannon, was excellent and made the dining experience even better. I think the food was good, not great, but would most likely go back again if I... More

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