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Willy's Bar-B-Que

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240 Cunningham Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-7576
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

These people are not only great barbecue cooks, but they are wonderful people. We arrived in Franklin late, checked into our hotel and rode down the hill for some bbq, only to find out we were 10 minutes late! Even though they were closed, they put together some "to go" boxes for us. That was so nice! Both of our... More 

Thank Bev829
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ribs were excellent, but the potato salad was terrible. Service was poor, and old women who collects your money at front counter was cold as stone. No southern charm what-so-ever.

Thank PaulRevere1776
Waynesville, NC
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If we happen to end up in Franklin, we always go to Willy's. Nice place, nothing fancy. So if we happen to stop by after going to the flea market and we have on shorts and tee shirts, all is fine! You get plenty to eat and it's all GOOD! Wait staff is great and price is reasonable.

London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not exactly haute cuisine, but you don't expect that from barbecue. Filling comfort food at a reasonable price. I came here for lunch after a morning hike to Brasstown Bald (from an Atlanta base). Free Carolina toast with my lunch, This appears to be thick slices of toasted white bread smeared in butter and maybe a herb?

Thank Jonathan W
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super good baby back ribs, they fall off the bone very easily. Peach cobbler is to die for, best I've ever had. The owners are super nice!!!

Thank abaco109
Trophy Club, Texas
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent BBQ from North Carolina and some amazing Brunswick stew. BBQ is pulled pork and stew is a little sweeter than I remember from my days living in the southeast. Still very good. Service was super. Good place to draw down and relax and enjoy the southern hospitality.

Thank droberts9123
Titusville, Florida
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74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Willie's for lunch based on a recommendation from a local resident and we were not disappointed. The wife and I both had pork, a lunch plate for me and a sandwich for my wife. Both were generous portions and good quality. The lunch plate comes with two sides and I had collards and squash puppies. The puppies... More 

Thank jim a
Fort Myers, Florida
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95 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in with our friends to try a little BBQ after a day in the gem mines. Full rack of ribs, 3... Yes 3 sides, baked beans, home made slaw, and potato salad that had a hint of bacon. Now I'm a big eater, and I had to take some home in a box. My wife had a mess of... More 

Thank letsast
Cape Coral, Florida
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106 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Heard this was good, so we decided to try it. I had "A Mess of Catfish" and it was some of the best catfish I have had. Lightly battered, hot, crispy, with flaky sweet meat. The portion was HUGE! Next time I think I will split it with my husband, it's that big. With 3 sides, a really good value... More 

Thank S T
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

As a restaurant manager I understand people coming in at close, so before everyone came in I asked the hostess if they would mind us coming in to eat due to it being 30 minutes til close. She assured me they would "love to have us" after getting just our waters a man that I assume works at the restaurant... More 

Thank Tres P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 240 Cunningham Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-7576
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: 828-524-0414
828-524-0414 phone #.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?