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Bill Ellis

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3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Really good cheap quick food.

I read other reviews for this place knowing what I would find. The 'foodies' out there will always give ANY buffet a bad review. They yak about how something was too dry, or something was too wet, and the spice wasn't as good the as the other place, and so on; NOTHING is as good as the place they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Tony D
Nashville, Tennessee
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have lived in the south all our lives and can say we know our BBQ. When we moved to Wilson my husband had to force me to eat here very old building so I was a little hesitant. I'm so glad he did though everything is delicious. The boiled potatoes are so light and delicious(my favorite... More 

Thank lol hi h
littleton, nc
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

have been driving 100 miles round trip for years, once a month, to eat at this wonderful place. well, no more, its been going down for months, and I gave it a second and third chance, but finished. since Bill is gone, so is all the past goodness of its food and service. greasy, bland, luke warm, dirty, and a... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I read other reviews for this place knowing what I would find. The 'foodies' out there will always give ANY buffet a bad review. They yak about how something was too dry, or something was too wet, and the spice wasn't as good the as the other place, and so on; NOTHING is as good as the place they go... More 

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Woodbourne, New York
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Well managed according to the Cracker Barrel formula. Food was hot,plentiful,and delivered quickly.Wait staff were pleasant and helpful, and we received our check without a long wait.

Thank Harold4
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We had just returned from vacation and wanted some BBQ. We were in the area and went to the drive-in window and ordered sandwiches, French fries, and ice tea. The sandwiches were small with a skimpy serving of BBQ, and on a cold bun! The ice tea was weak, not the good ole southern sweet tea we are used to.... More 

Thank Thomas E
Wilson, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I live in Wilson and quit patronizing Bill's for about two years only to try again this past year and was pleasantly surprised by the improvement in quality of "hot bar" and by the individuals constantly servicing same. Dinner tonight (5:30 pm) was terrible! The "hot bar" items were less than luke warm (cold fried okra, cold candid yams, cold... More 

Thank Jim G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Food was good. I liked the layout and the people were friendly. Restaurant was clean. I would like to have more of a variety of food but what I ate was good.

Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

The best southern cooking ever I really enjoyed the food would recommend it to anyone traveling to the area

Thank Jimmy C
Fruit Cove, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Several times a year we drive 9 hours to visit here( and relatives) for eastern carolina barbeque. Nothing beats there's. Buffet style with country vegetables, don't miss the banana pudding! If you don't like vinegar based sause go for whole pig and pull off your own!

Thank annl556
Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

Ate here while in town for work looking for some good BBQ and was disappointed. While the pulled pork (off of the hog) was moist it had no smoke flavor to it or real kick to it. The sides offered through the buffet were ok, and while I don't mind the hole in the wall type restaurants, this place needed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wilson
  • Phone Number: (252) 237-4372

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?