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Parker's Barbecue

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2514 Us Highway 301 S, Wilson, NC 27893-8588
252-237-0972
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 157
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not my definition of bbq, but good, cheap, and fast

The photos posted here on TripAdvisor do a good job showing what the place looks like so I won't go into detail there. It's not a real time consuming diversion from i-95, but it's not right off an exit either. First of all, if your definition of barbeque includes smoke, Parker's will disappoint you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
mtc87
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Northern Virginia
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Northern Virginia
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The photos posted here on TripAdvisor do a good job showing what the place looks like so I won't go into detail there. It's not a real time consuming diversion from i-95, but it's not right off an exit either. First of all, if your definition of barbeque includes smoke, Parker's will disappoint you there. I asked the server how... More 

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Upstate Ny
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The front desk clerk mentioned Parker's when we asked for a recommendation for bbq. Beware if you are looking for a fine dining establishment- decor is from the 60's with it's paneling, with basic tables and chairs., waiters wear aprons and a retro diner cap and service is fast. I ordered the fried chicken and pork platter and hubby had... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Fairly good barbecue in a no frills place. This restaurant opened in 1946 and I bet very little has changed. It is on Highway 301 which predates nearby I-95. Old motels nearby, etc. Wood paneling throughout, young men with white "Parkers" hats wait on you, minimal decorations other than old pictures and awards. You definitely feel as your are in... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Having grown up with this style BBQ (isn't this the REAL BBQ?), I've had it at several places. This is probably the best, with all the fixings.

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Wilson, N.C.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Last year our family scheduled our annual family reunion at Parkers. We were supposed to have the large room for 60+ people. When we got there we discovered that they had booked TWO groups for that room and we were packed in there like sardines. To say that I was upset is to make a gross understatement. The food is... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 589 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

It was very busy mid-afternoon on Saturday. The place was packed, however, they quickly cleared a table for us. We ordered the white chicken and BBQ plate. It came with brunswick stew and boiled potatoes. We asked for unsweet tea and it came immediately along with a refill pitcher. The food arrived quickly. The BBQ was very good (expecially with... More 

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Catonsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We decided to travel around North Carolina on our way home from Emerald Isle and after checking out the best barbecue places, we noticed that Wilson was not far off of our route, and was home to Parker's Barbecue. So we arrived around 1 on a Sunday and the place was packed. We decided to go to the carry out... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I was traveling and hungry so I pulled up travel advisor and found this restaurant highly rated. What a disappointment. If you are from NC and like the vinegar taste you may be ok. I ordered BBQ with fries, green beans and coleslaw. It came with hush puppies and something else I could not identify. The only thing I ate... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great NC barbecue place with all the proper fixings and plenty of ice tea. Old fashioned feel. Quick service and it appears to be a favorite lunch spot for the locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Good old fashioned food, everything was delicious. Couldn't stop eating, from the fried Chicken to the BBQ, everything was just great. I would definitely be coming back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2514 Us Highway 301 S, Wilson, NC 27893-8588
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wilson
  • Phone Number: 252-237-0972

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?