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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: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Seating, Takeout

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  • 10
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Great drive thru for great food.

Love Bill's drive thru for a pick up meal. We usually get bar-b-q with sides. The banana pudding is good. Quick accurate service is a draw for getting in and out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Andra' E
Charlotte, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank IA_Farmer1985
Charlotte, North Carolina
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love Bill's drive thru for a pick up meal. We usually get bar-b-q with sides. The banana pudding is good. Quick accurate service is a draw for getting in and out.

Thank Andra' E
Level Contributor
16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I've been coming here off and on for about two years now. Today, however, was such a disappointment! I even brought someone here for their first visit. In the past, the food has always been fresh, homemade, wonderfully seasoned, and just plain delicious! Today, however, will be my last time here, and with no more recommendations. Today is Sunday, and... More 

Thank Sarah P
North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

For the last several months my family and I have been eating there about once a week. But tonight will be the last until I hear that things have improved. A little of what we have experienced...... First off when you arrive there is some kind of tan foul smelling sewage draining across the parking lot from what appears to... More 

Thank FotoRic
Milford, Ohio
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143 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Went in here as it was a buffet and we expected to have lots of BBQ options....afterall they call themselves a BBQ restaurant. They only had ONE BBQ item...luke warm pulled pork. They had fried fish, wings and meatloaf. Oh and grissly chicken gizzards and livers. Everything was lukewarm and looked as if it had been sitting around for hours.... More 

Thank Scot L
Arlington, VA
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98 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We stop in Wilson each fall on our return from Florida. The desk clerk recommended Bills (she said Bails) to us and we gave it a try. I enjoy going there just to see the large crowds consuming vast quantities of country cooking. The food is pretty good if your into out fashion cooking. I enjoy their fried chicken and... More 

Thank Eckynpat
Wilson, North Carolina
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Bills is a icon in Wilson , but with the departure of his family helping run the place it's going DOWNHILL faster than the stock market. All the food is now bland and tasteless. Until the family comes back , I won't

Thank Hpm88
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

All of their food is delicious!!! The all you can eat buffet will make you gain at least 10 pounds!! Main dish, dessert and drink for one price! Many southern side dishes!!

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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: Local cuisine, Large groups, 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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