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The Pit


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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options

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Pumpkin Corn Bread
With maple butter
Crispy Pork Rinds
Local pork rinds tossed with house-made BBQ spice
Jowl Bacon Bruschetta
Crispy jowl bacon, spinach, caramelized red onion & goat cheese over toasted baguette
Fried Pimento Cheese
Served with a spicy pepper jelly
Barbecue Soul Rolls
Chopped pork BBQ, collards and candied carrots served with Oak Island sauce and pepper jelly
Southern-Style Deviled Eggs
Pickle relish & smoked paprika
Fried Green Tomatoes
Served with goat cheese & red pepper vinaigrette
Barbecue Nachos
Topped with Eastern North Carolina chopped barbecue, BBQ beans, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream & jalapeños
Smoked Chicken Wings
With bleu cheese dressing
The Sampler
BBQ Soul Rolls, Jowl Bacon Bruschetta, Southern-Style Deviled Eggs & Fried Pimento Cheese
House Salad with Eastern Chopped BBQ
Cucumbers, tomatoes, house-made croutons, julienned carrots and leafy lettuce with your choice of dressing
Wedge Salad
Tomatoes, red onion, jowl bacon, and gorgonzola over iceberg lettuce, tossed in a creamy bleu cheese dressing
Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken
Fresh spinach, jowl bacon, roasted peppers, red onions & gorgonzola tossed in a bacon-sherry vinaigrette
Grilled Romaine Salad
Grilled romaine head with onions, tomatoes, and Asiago Cheese
Bowl $5.99
Brunswick Stew
Originally a Virginia invention, savory Brunswick Stew has traditionally accompanied barbecue in North Carolina for 150 years. Our authentic version connotes family, community & celebration
Served with a choice of two sides
Pit-cooked and seasoned with a spicy vinegar tang
Pulled Pork
Seasoned only with salt, ready for you to sauce
Milder and Slightly Sweeter
Coarse-Chopped "Outside Brown"
Sauced with a light Lexington "Dip" (when available)
Substitute ribs in your Double Combo $3.99
Quarter (2pc) $8.99
Half (4pc) $10.99
The Pit's Southern Fried Chicken
The best in town.
Quarter (2pc) $7.99
Half (4pc) $9.99
The Pit's Barbecued Chicken
Pit cooked
Chopped BBQ Turkey
The other, other white meat
Fried Catfish
Served with your choice of tartar or spicy remoulade sauce and two sides
Beef Brisket
Slow cooked and tender
Half Rack $15.99
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Cooked for hours but eaten in minutes
Half Rack $15.99
Smoked Carolina Style Ribs
More bone, more flavor!
Veggie Plate
Choose any four of our sides
BBQ Soy Nuggets
Seasoned and grilled, topped with our famous sauce and served with grilled vegetables
Double Combo
Your choice of chopped, pulled, Lexington outside brown, chopped turkey, brisket, or fried/barbecued chicken
Served with your choice of fries or any side
Chopped Barbecue
Eastern North Carolina style, served with creamy coleslaw
The Pit Bacon Cheeseburger^
House-ground beef, crispy onions, jowl bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and Western BBQ sauce on an artisan roll
The Best BLT
House-made bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato with pimento cheese and herb mayonnaise on toasted sourdough
Fried Catfish Sandwich
Served on seeded potato roll with lettuce, tomato, crispy onions and a spicy remoulade
Sweet Potato Fries
Hand-Cut Fries
Black-Eyed Peas
BBQ Baked Beans
Collard Greens
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Veggie of the Day
Fried Okra
Mac & Cheese
$20 - $30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
American, Barbecue
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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All reviews pulled pork baby back ribs mac and cheese fried okra hush puppies biscuits black eyed peas carolina barbecue collared greens brunswick stew apple butter meatloaf fries salad chopped turkey great bbq free valet parking
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

I was visiting relatives in Durham and they took me to the Pit for dinner one night. I had the southern fried chicken that came with two sides (I picked apple sauce and mashed potatoes). Hush puppies and biscuits were brought to the table before...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Mark W
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Heard this place was excellent and they did not disappoint! The smoked meatloaf and brisket were both excellent, as well as the Brunswick stew as a side. Beans were the only thing lacking in this place, they needed *something. Also good feedback from the family...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sockdrawer
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

I could not wait to try some carolina barbecue and this place was in walking distance from my airbnb 🙌🏻. You get a basket with biscuits and hush puppies, omg those hushpuppies are soooooo good!!! I had sweetwater brewery beer also really yummy. I asked...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank courtneyf522
Reviewed August 2, 2018

LOVED IT!! We have a local BBQ in north Georgia that is our gold standard. The Pit lived up to it. I do not eat port, so brisket is always my choice. It had a wonderful char on the outside with a juiciness on the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Fay I
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Based upon the barbecue and fried chicken alone, we would have given The Pit a five-star rating. However, the hush puppies and biscuits were not up to the standard with which we are accustomed, and the Brunswick Stew was a big disappointment! The different styles...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank charliespr
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Been coming to the Pit for several years when we visit Raleigh Durham most summers. First for this location but consistent quality and service. Friendly, attentive staff. Enjoyed the pulled pork, fried chicken, biscuits and hush puppies!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Travelleramundo
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

The Pit is good, the food is tasty! This was not my first time here, but during this visit I had family and friends with me. They were pleased overall with the service and the food, but my cousin ordered baby back ribs and they...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Godis J
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

From the moment we walked through the door until we left, we had an amazing experience at The Pit. The manager welcomed us and found out we were new customers. The waitress came almost immediately and let us know that she'd spoken to the manager...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Driffer
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

Great barbecue experience, the pulled pork in particular is amazing. The wait staff is extremely friendly and professional. We liked it so much we ate there twice in 2 days!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank rtatum13
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

1) hush puppies really good 2) bread really good 3) Collard green side good 4) fried okra good 5) Burnt ends we’re just not good. The ends weren’t burnt and crispy, and the rest was too fatty. Sauce didn’t add much. Would have been happier...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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