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Skylight Inn

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1502 Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513-7492
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simple traditions done with excellence. I read lots of the other reviews and maybe modern commercial barbecue is confusing people. This is the real deal just the complex flavors of wonderful smoked pork following our rural farm traditions of making use of every morsel. Sauce is icing on the cake. Good fresh slaw that's not drowning in mayo. And the... More 

Thank LizB6811
Winterville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

I have eaten Eastern NC BBQ my whole life and so I have had the chance to try every kind made by everyone. This is hands-down the best there is. The restaurant is unique, the menu as simple as they come, and the food is great. If you are anywhere near Greenville or Kinston you should make this place your... More 

Thank charliethepirate
Ayden, North Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

I grew up in Ayden, NC and was raised in this BBQ- it is wonderful. A MUST try if you are in the area. Excellent - country atmosphere- cash$ only!!!

Thank Autumray
London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

Drove from miami up to philadelphia and made a special effort to stop off here, was not disappointed! go early as the lines get big, and get the meat combo, beans are to die for and no need for bbq sauce as it is so succulent and flavourful. you can also see the chef behind cutting all the meat! Did... More 

Thank matt19900
Ayden, North Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 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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578 reviews
350 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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167 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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142 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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170 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?