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Skylight Inn

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1502 Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513-7492
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Ayden, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know this is home town blasphemy, but I am not a fan. Too much bits and gristle. I prefer a much leaner cut. I think this is just a style preference.

Thank Daniel H
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559 reviews
338 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Local barbecue place with a big reputation (I saw it on the food network). Not sure it's as special as we hoped. They just do chopped pulled pork and chicken and just two sides: slaw and beans. The pork and chicken just weren't that flavorful or special in any way other than the pork being chopped finer than we've ever... More 

Thank PelleasPhiladelphia
Orange, Virginia
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Dinner at the Skylight Inn...Loved it! Chopped Whole hog, lightly seasoned with no additional sauce. This is pure Carolina BBQ done the right way.

1 Thank Montvue
New Bern, North Carolina
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158 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I've been on a BBQ crusade across all of the Carolinas, and was disappointed that this place didn't live up to the hype. Minimal stuff on the menu, served via "mass assembly line" style, and the "cornbread" is more like cornpone. I will say that the sauce was pretty good. I saw the long line and thought it was going... More 

Thank mjacostausmc
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

This place does BBQ the way it supposed to be done. They were just a major sponsor of a BBQ festival in Ayden, NC that was a big hit. They are famous in the area for award winning food and one bite tells to why. Recommend if in the area.

Thank Consultant6393
Durham, North Carolina
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162 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

There are about 5,000 people who live in Ayden, NC. I wonder if they know how lucky they are to be so close to the very best barbecue in their fine state. I love barbecue like life itself, and have sampled this cuisine countless times, in many states, and in most of the top rated places in NC. Finally, finally... More 

Thank HarmonCT
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

As one who worships at the shrine of chopped and pulled pig, I'm here to tell ya that this is the real deal if you want that lip-smackin' vinegary sensation that defines Eastern Carolina Q. I enjoyed the sandwiches in the past, but yesterday Skylight catered a sporting event for me. Young Will delivered the flavorful goodies ( Q, Chicken,... More 

Thank margaret r
Linden, North Carolina
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We made the stop on a Foodie road trip we planned across the state. The chopped bbq was good, cooked with real smoke the way it should be. It's hard to say it's the best I've ever had because I have eaten a lot of Carolina BBQ but the one best note I can add is that they chop the... More 

Thank Scott C
Conover, North Carolina
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149 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

Even though we live in both Eastern and Western. NC with 2 distinct BAR B With styles we rarely eat it..After reading about this place and noticed how many articles has been written about it thought we would give it a try.. As far as the. Q went it was as good as any around.. I did not care for... More 

Thank loretta8315
New Bern, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Charleston SC area has much better BBQ I was disappointed that for lunch they only served pulled pork - no ribs. I guess I didn't read the reviews carefully. Also the cornbread is like a hockey puck and I love slaw and this ain't slaw. A very good vinegar condiment and BBQ sauce were on the table which saved the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1502 Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513-7492
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Ayden
  • Phone Number: 12527464113

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?