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Ole Carolina BBQ

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1011 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 215-5293
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The original of this restaurant was down the street and run by the father. It was closed for many years and sorely missed by most in the county, especially the local seniors. The son now owns the place but has kept his dad's original recipes, all for the better. Very crowded on Wednesday's as this is senior night but a... More 

Thank ncmomofthree
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We come here quit often and the food is always good but the servers do not listen fully to when you order. Ordered a large pork plate with no fries with hushpuppies and slaw they being the food out it has three hushpuppies on it and a huge bowl of slaw....ridiculous!!!! If this continues i will be takeing my business... More 

Thank bowler201587
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

I used to love coming here to get bbq and now they are so slow and now I know why the food isn't as good quality and the people there aren't very friendly. Will not return unless they change owners. I can make better bbq myself.

Thank Lrhoove
Gastonia, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Good, NC style BBQ. Friendly wait staff. Locally owned by a family that has been in the BBQ business for a very long time.

Thank Nancy R
Psarou, Greece
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Not much of a BBQ, more like a cooked meat with carbs. We did like the Sweet Potato side dish, though. Service was good, but like so many places around here, they let the dirty dishes pile by your side. YUCK.

Thank NG99
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Two of us ate well for under 20 dollars. The Wed Senior night makes it an even better value! The wait staff is friendly and the food comes fast.

Thank Chuck N
Charlotte, North Carolina
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We stopped by while in town looking for someplace to eat for lunch near the bank. We passed by and saw the parking lot was pretty full, so I thought we would stop. My husband and I ordered the 1/2 rack ribs and the kids got childrens meals. Ran us about $60 with tip. The food was excellent and did... More 

Thank cdolphin
Bucks County, PA
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162 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Ordered the pork and beef combo plate. Pork was good, sauce was good, but they should offer more or have extra on the table. Beef was disappointing. Thought I'd be getting brisket but best way I can describe it is pulled beef, because it was prepared same way as the pork. They do offer alternatives to fries on the side... More 

Thank Walkaboutster
Huntersville, North Carolina
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60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

I called them for a last minute, short notice lunch order and they did not disappoint. The pans were packed full and we had tons of leftovers. My favorites were their huge hush puppies.

Thank andmarnclt
Charlotte, North Carolina
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Been to a lot of BBQs, but this place, serving the same pork plate it has served under this and a previous name for at least 20-25 years is at the top of my list. Lean, good pork with a great sauce that doesn't need to be pepper-infused to have a distinctive taste, good pups and slaw, and there you... More 

Thank Jim M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1011 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Gastonia
  • Phone Number: (704) 215-5293

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