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Bill Ellis

3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
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Ranked #39 of 126 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
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Buffet
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English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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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Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I am not sure I know where to start...from the minute we walked in we got bad vibes...you pay for your meal as you walk in the door and are then moved like cattle to the buffet. Once you go through the line you realize the seating arrangement is akin to a prison cafeteria. Tables are lined up end on... More

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Charlotte Amalie, null, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I grew up in Wilson and Bill's used to be the best. My family always purchased meals on those days when no one felt up to cooking and we called on them for catering. I was really disappointed when i was visiting family and we decided to get Sunday dinner. One container of BBQ was okay and the other was... More

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Wilson, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The food is average and the service is bad. I just do not want to pay for an attitude. I might get a BBQ sandwich or wing bag once in a while. I would not make a special trip.

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11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We were headed south on I-95 when lunchtime and hunger struck simultaneously. Although our family usually goes to Parkers, we decided to try Bill Ellis for Barbecue and fried chicken.Mistake. The barbecue was fair. It was slightly dry. The fried chicken was terrible. It was much too dry to eat. Collards were watery with no taste. Green beans were okay.... More

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New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Let me start out by saying that I am an eastern NC gal raised on good eastern NC BBQ and down home Southern cooking, and Honey, this ain't it! This place is an absolute disgrace. We'll start with the BBQ…dry and tasteless. I took a couple of bites and didn't eat the rest. For good eastern NC style BBQ try... More

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Isle of Palms, SC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The actual pork BBQ meat saves this place from a lower rating from me. It was delicious, tender, and moist. The problems came in with the BBQ sauces. Two were available, and neither one was very good. The side dishes were very average, with the cole slaw being chopped so finely that it was basically a thick soup. I was... More

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Baltimore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

First and foremost--the food is OUTSTANDIND!!! (N.C. Barbecue, Fried Chicken, Hush Puppies, Cut Green Beans, Fried Fish, Baked Fish, Cole Slaw, desserts, and on, and on, and on) We hosted our Family Reunion here last year (August 2013). We made arrangements ahead of time, made monthly payments, and arrived in Wilson a day ahead of time to complete arrangements. Restaurant... More

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