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Skylight Inn

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1502 Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513-7492
+1 252-746-4113
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As a Pit Master and a true BBQ Snob, I am always skeptical about "great" BBQ joints. I've been let down so many times. Not this time. I can honestly say, emphatically, that this is the best BBQ I've ever eaten. The atmosphere is classic. The BBQ is piled up on the bowl shaped chopping block where they scoop it... More 

Thank Bwburgin1015
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pete Jones' legacy continues! The absolute BEST wood cooked, whole hog BBQ you will ever eat. And the fresh home made slaw is the perfect side. Perfection 👍

Thank LadydeeTee 1
Knoxville, Tennessee
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207 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

We have relatives who live near this restaurant, and when we visited them recently I asked to be taken to Skylight Inn. I've seen so many rave reviews for their barbecue on this site, and have also seen it praised on the Food Network, in Southern Living magazine, and in Michael Pollan's "Cooking", so I had to try it. There... More 

1 Thank travelbugbigtime
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

If you like wood cooked barbecue with vinegar sauce famous in NC you'll love it.. Very informal. Old timey pan cooked corn bread and delicious slaw. Good Christian atmosphere.

Thank Rose G
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

This place is hands-down the best of the down east 'cue joints. It is rustic, relaxed, focused -- and provides amazing barbecue. The Jones family has done it right. They cook whole hog over wood and chop it perfectly (little flecks of skin and fat dot the 'cue). The slaw is great and the cornbread is amazing.

Thank David K
Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 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 

1 Thank LizB6811
Winterville, North Carolina
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22 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 

1 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
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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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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: +1 252-746-4113

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