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Bill Ellis

3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
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Ranked #31 of 129 Restaurants in Wilson
Price range: $5 - $10
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
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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
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English first
NC
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

They apparently sanitize EVERYTHING with clorox because everything you eat or drink seems to have that clorox taste. I have received a sweet tea and thought "man did they forget to rinse out the clorox before making this?" The fried chicken even tastes like clorox. I prefer Parker's BBQ on hwy. 301.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a buffet style BBQ of great BBQ per the NC style of flavor. No hot sauce of stuff, just plain slow cook BBQ. The buffet is what you would expect from E. NC BBQ with vegies, B Stew, ect. No service as this is a buffet style. Little on the high side, but then you can eat all... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I love BBQ! I really do... I was in the Wilson area and stopped in because I had heard so many rave about this place. Bottom line up front: it failed to meet my expectations. The good is the price. For two people it was $24. The whole hog bbq wasn't bad, or the eastern style bbq. Dont let me... More 

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Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Bill's is a BBQ Buffet. If you want to pig out on traditional Eastern NC BBQ and the traditional sides, this is a good place to come. They also have a number of other meats (meat loaf, fried chicken, fish, etc.) and numerous vegetables on the buffet. But the real deal is either the BBQ or the whole hog to... More 

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Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We tried only a few items, but would have loved to have had more time to explore their extensive menu.The Brunswick stew was delicious and spicy and when combined with the hush puppies were more than enough for a dinner for two. The pulled pork plate was very good, but the cole slaw was different. It was almost pulverized and... More 

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Snow Hill, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Cafeteria style country food. BBQ is very good, fried chicken is excellent. Plenty of sides to choose from, and tons of desserts. Price is right, and you can get in/out as quickly or slowly as possible. Drive in is ALWAYS full, so plan ahead.

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Avon, Connecticut
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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

You can get Bill's BBQ to go at a drive through or a walk-in counter; or, visit the buffet, which is what we did. The dining room is a large, open room with an industrial tile floor and formica tables with plastic banquet chairs. The buffet has quite a few items. The side dishes are nothing special, but going there... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We stopped for the night in Wilson, on our way to South Carolina. We heard that Bill Ellis and Paul's BBQ were the best joints in town. We decided to go to Bill's. We found big cafeteria style seating and a big buffet. Many choices to choose from. Brunswick Stew, Collard Greens, three types of beans to go on rice,... More 

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pa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My wife and I were searching for a good BBQ place and saw this online. When we got there it looked like a great local place. It was a sit down buffet The food was horrible. The BBQ they had was pulled pork that was in a horrible sauce. Then they had 4 different kinds of chicken wings. Was not... More 

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Wilson, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I went through the drive-thru today. I ordered quite a few items. When I drove to the window to pay, Brandy told me I could have ordered a whole chicken versus the all white meat and would save a couple of dollars. Who does that these days, what a great employee and person. Also Brandy, Christina, and Lashita assisted me... More 

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Additional Information about Bill Ellis

Address: 3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
Phone Number: (252) 237-4372
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilson
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Barbecue

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