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White Swan Barbecue INC

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3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-8913
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Description: White Swan Bar-B-Q features award winning genuine Eastern North Carolina...
White Swan Bar-B-Q features award winning genuine Eastern North Carolina pork barbecue. Made from a 50 year old secret recipe, White Swan Bar-B-Que has been voted one of the top 25 Bar-B-Qs in the SouthEast. Eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Q is unlike any other in the world. It's a taste that you must experience. Our Bar-B-Q is made with a vinegar and spice sauce which enhances the smoked flavor of the fresh pork. The pork is slowly cooked in a covered cooker which holds in the smoked flavor. The meat is then chopped, ready to eat. Great on sandwiches in a hamburger bun with cold slaw or buy itself, there is no other Bar-B-Q like it. Platter items include the best Pork Bar-B-Q, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and other Side dishes! Try the Brunswick stew, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, french fries, and fried pork skins. And of course, a basket of the White Swan's celebrated hushpuppies are served with each platter. Private dining facilities for groups of up to 50 people are available. Also Catering is available to you and your guest with a variety of items. Six locations to serve you.
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  • 22
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  • 1
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food, great service, great spot

Went here for lunch with my wife after visiting the Ava Gardner Museum. We had the BBQ pork and chicken platters with sides of collard greens, potato salad, string beans, and the stew. You walk in a take a seat anywhere you like in the restaurant. A server will promptly take your drink and food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
John514
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Port Jefferson Station, New York
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Port Jefferson Station, New York
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130 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for lunch with my wife after visiting the Ava Gardner Museum. We had the BBQ pork and chicken platters with sides of collard greens, potato salad, string beans, and the stew. You walk in a take a seat anywhere you like in the restaurant. A server will promptly take your drink and food order. From the moment we... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin, United States
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205 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Had white and dark fried chicken dinner plate. Comes with hush puppies you can't stop eating and 2 sides. Three large pieces of chicken was enough to be more than full and take a piece home. Always thought fried chicken was fried chicken but the tasty crisp crust and moist meat inside made this fried chicken better than you might... More 

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1 Thank Mike W
Suffolk, Virginia
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68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

This is our second visit to the White Swan. It was recommended by the camp office at a local RV Park. We ordered the family meal. Tonight we ate the fried chicken, boiled potatoes and hush puppies and they were very, very good. We are saving the Bar-b-que and cole slaw for dinner tomorrow. Can't wait.

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Thank JLOaks
Suffolk, Virginia
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Love the fried chicken. Crunchy, moist, tender, delicious. Boiled potatoes have great flavor. Quick service, great prices make this a place to visit of you have the opportunity.

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Thank LilRoxMrl
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

These are the kind of places that are getting real hard to find. Not much has changed except the prices since it started in the 40's and they're still not too bad. The secret is that the Eastern style BBQ is good but the fried chicken is even better. Hurry up before it's torn down to make way for another... More 

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Thank Thomas G
Four Oaks, North Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Great food and a good place to meet friends. I stop by each Thur. for the BBQ special. Sunday lunch is also a favorite for me.

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Thank Jim M
Rawlins
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The combo was plenty to eat and the price was reasonable. Very small but took the food back to the room to enjoy.

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Thank John G
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

We found this place through trip advisor and saw it was top ranked and decided to go there for dinner. The ok part was the pork, carolina based vinegar sauce definitely not for everyone. The AMAZING part was everything else. I am from Massachusetts and THIS WAS THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN OF MY 34 YEARS ON PLANET EARTH. Holy crap!!... More 

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3 Thank olechcarriveau
Benson, North Carolina
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41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

great service and excellent food. Nice quite dining experience. Fresh pork cooked daily with great sides that include collards, slaw, potato salad, green beans and some of the best hush puppies I have ever eaten!

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1 Thank Mary Lynn S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

The BBQ was one of the best I have ever had. I had the pulled pork and shrimp it was delicious. It is in the middle of nowhere but definitely worth driving to. There were a lot of locals there not needing to look at the menu like I did. all in all a very nice place with a friendly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Smithfield
  • Phone Number: (919) 934-8913

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

White Swan Bar-B-Q features award winning genuine Eastern North Carolina pork barbecue. Made from a 50 year old secret recipe, White Swan Bar-B-Que has been voted one of the top 25 Bar-B-Qs in the SouthEast. Eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Q is unlike any other in the world. It's a taste that you must experience. Our Bar-B-Q is made with a vinegar and spice sauce which enhances the smoked flavor of the fresh pork. The pork is slowly cooked in a covered cooker which holds in the smoked flavor. The meat is then chopped, ready to eat. Great on sandwiches in a hamburger bun with cold slaw or buy itself, there is no other Bar-B-Q like it. Platter items include the best Pork Bar-B-Q, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and other Side dishes! Try the Brunswick stew, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, french fries, and fried pork skins. And of course, a basket of the White Swan's celebrated hushpuppies are served with each platter. Private dining facilities for groups of up to 50 people are available. Also Catering is available to you and your guest with a variety of items. Six locations to serve you.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm

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