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“Good Eastern NC BBQ” 4 of 5 stars
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Stephenson's Bar-b-q
11964 Nc 50 Hwy N, Willow Spring, NC 27592-7992
919-894-4530
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Cuisines: Barbecue
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63 reviews 63 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good Eastern NC BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

If you like true NC Eastern style BBQ then this is the place, the BBQ is some of the best eastern style I have had, and the chicken is good as well, service is great

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fine Eastern North Carolina Barbeque”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

For 25 years before my retirement in 2002, I made several trips a month from my home in Wilmington to Raleigh. Early on, in the late 1970s before the opening of Interstate 40, I discovered Stephenson's BBQ. Throughout those years, it has remained consistently good. These days, I don't go to Raleigh as often but my wife and I veer off of I-40 just to get the BBQ. I'm addicted to good old pork BBQ. My wife enjoys BBQ chicken and tells me that Stephenson's is some of the best she's ever had. The service is friendly and quick and the prices are amazingly good. As a side benefit, their french fries are simply delicious. By the way, the place looks and smells like the real thing which it is.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Tasty, reasonalbe price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

My husband and I have a little tradition when we travel... We look at the BBQ trail of North Carolina, if a BBQ place is on our way of our travels we plan to stop. My husband is more of a BBQ fan than I am, but I have to say Stephenson's BBQ is delicious!! I had a BBQ sandwich with slaw, best $3 spent on lunch. My husband had BBQ, Brunswick stew, fries, baked apples. We really enjoyed the pitcher of sweet tea that sits at every table and a bowl of ice that is brought out when drinks are ordered. The sweet tea was just amazing, the perfect sweetness, very refreshing on a hot summer day. Restaurant was very clean, staff was friendly, and our meals came out quick. Wake Forest NC is our hometown and we would make the 60min. drive to Stephenson's any day, even when we are not headed to the beach.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cary, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Awesome Eastern NC BBQ in authentic setting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011 via mobile

Wow, what a find! We asked a local for a great BBQ recommendation and she didn't steer us wrong! The place was busy (with locals), but we were able to get a table and service right away. Delicious BBQ pork, but the menu features tons of BBQ classics and sides. BBQ chicken looked amazing. We tried the apple sauce, cole slaw, and hush puppies - in addition to our delicious pork BBQ. $6 each for a 'small pig'. We will definitely be back. This place should be featured on 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives' and has been open since 1958.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“5 Stars for LOCAL real Eastern NC BBQ. The chicken BBQ is the best ever. They have country cafe lunch specials - Just...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2008

5 Stars for LOCAL real Eastern NC BBQ. The chicken BBQ is the best ever. They have country cafe lunch specials - Just like a Southern grandmothers kitchen. Mmmm!

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