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Bill Ellis

3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
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Ranked #30 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
virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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