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Bill Ellis

3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
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Ranked #30 of 127 Restaurants in Wilson
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Buffet
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Buffet
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English first
Zebulon, North Carolina
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103 reviews 103 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Bill's has been in operation for many years and has survived many challenges, such as Hurricane Floyd flooding in 1999. That storm put some restaurants out of business, but as soon as he could, Bill reopened as a buffet. We miss the "old" Bill's but the food here is always very good. If you don't like the service, you have... More

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Columbia, SC
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124 reviews 124 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I am not a huge fan of Buffet food, but Bill Ellis is pretty good. This is a massive restaurant with not much atmosphere, but plenty of offerings on the buffet. The pulled pork, fired chicken (stick to the wings) BBQ Chicken and sausage were all pretty good. There was a large selection of sides including Slaw, collards, hush puppies... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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222 reviews 222 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This place is amazing. It's an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet - but has SO much more than BBQ. They have fried chicken, baked chicken, lots of southern vegetables, hush puppies, cold salads, several desserts including banana pudding, and more.... Chopped barbecue, pulled barbecue, sausages, fat back - they even have a whole hog that you can pick meat off of. It... More

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virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We spent the week at myrtle beach. We missed bills going down, caught it on the way back. It was even better than before! The broccoli was esp good, actually everything was good. I love raiding the little fridges for butter, getting my own coffee ect.very cool cafeteria atmosphere. Even the busboys were cuter than ever.No they will not wait... More

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East Berlin, PA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Whenever we pass through this area (sometimes even 3 hours "close") we stop by for some of their eastern NC BBQ. This buffet gives you a choice of either pulled/seasoned or fresh pig-picked BBQ and a variety of sides along with light deserts. My favorite plate fillings are their seasoned BBQ, slaw, Brunswick stew, greens, boiled taters, cabbage, and hush... More

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Wilson, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Great place to eat a hot buffet style food. They keep an eye in all trays that need replacing with more food. A wide variety of food is offered

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Chesapeake
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Bill's sit down and take out is one of the top three Bar-B-Que restaurants in NC, The Eastern North Carolina Style Bar-B-Que can not be topped, even Food Network says so. Their take-out is only topped by the Buffet, what a slection on the menue with the "Whole Hog" on the smoker with you "pulling" off what you want. The... More

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Monticello, Kentucky
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went to buffet about 7:30 on a Tuesday night. BBQ was tasteless, cold corn sticks, all vegetables swimming in water, fried chicken was edible but not the usual great tasting chicken. Been eating at Bill's for 40+ years and this was the most disappointing visit ever. Bill Ellis, you need to get involved in the quality of what you serve... More

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Wonder Lake, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Back in Wilson for work. Half of the town swears that this is the place for BBQ. The other half swear by Parkers. I think the half that love this place need to try other places. The fries looked like they came out of the freezer before being dropped in the fryer. The slaw was mush and uninspired. The Brunswick... More

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Wilson, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I do not care a thing about eating inside, the tables are not cleaned good nor the floors or bathrooms. The BBQ Chicken had no taste at all, just chicken with red stuff. I do love their BBQ, only takeout, and their collards leave alot to be desired, best all around is Abrams in Pinetops, NC. I made these observations... More

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