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High Cotton NC BBQ

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5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's been a tradition every summer. Order the family reunion package and feast on day 1. Turns out it lasts most of the week. You know it's good when the famous pig pickin sauce ends up on everything from noodles to fried chicken

Thank Malakos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a party of 5 with big appitites. We had pork, chicken and brisket. We enjoyed it all. Prices are excellant.

Thank Charlene M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Best BBQ ever! The owner was so nice! I got the half rack with brisket and macaroni and cheese with potato salad was excellent!!! We will see you again! I had to get some peanuts to go!

Thank Tabby B
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

High Cotton BBQ isn't true Eastern style BBQ I'm used to eating. The beef brisket was cut too thick and it was chewy. The pulled chicken had good flavor but dry. While I was still eating, the guy who I think might be an owner gave me a to go box and I didn't request. I felt rushed so he... More 

Thank Grizz1961
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding food and service. Great price! Had the brisket and fried chicken wow out of this world good. Kids loved the good as well. I highly recommend it.

Thank Kevin B
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had pork, green beans, potato salad, and cole slaw. It was a large order for 50 people or so, pork was very dry and over cooked, the sauce just barely made it better. Green beans tasted like they opened a can, poured it into a pan and cooked it. The slaw and potato salad was decent. I was expecting great... More 

1 Thank Kyle K
McLean, VA
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175 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have gone to or gotten carry out from High Cotton for many years but we're disappointed this time. We got carry out (with a group of 8 it was easier). The pork barbecue and ribs were good and up to past standards as were the hushpuppies. The Cole slaw, which used to be very creamy, was chopped and had... More 

1 Thank swimmom1dc
North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great bbq, fried chicken, brisket, bbq chicken and southern style side. We had fried chicken and pulled pork bbq with two sides and hush puppies for less than $30 for two people. Service was great and fast. Located behind the Hilton garden inn in a shopping mall.

1 Thank StThomasSam
Poquoson, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a long day on the beach, delicious Southern BBQ satisfied. The staff was friendly, fast, and the food was wonderful. We would definitely eat there again.

Thank dcgoodwyn1013
Claymont, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you like BBQ, this is the place for you! Nothing fancy, just good food. The ribs were "fall off the bone" good and the pulled pork was tasty. We shared these and the sides "family style" and there was plenty to eat. Definitely budget friendly too!

Thank Lucy T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $18
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: 12522552275
Authentic. Simple. Delicious. High Cotton Barbeque has been well-known on the Outer Banks for over 10 years for their Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque, Famous Fried or Slow Smoked Juicy Chicken, Melt in Your Mouth Ribs and Texas-style Beef Brisket. As Tarheel natives we want to share the flavors and aromas unique to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque. Consistent temperatures and long hours of smoking with hickory coals produce the characteristic pink coloring and sweet outside brown meat of our famous pork barbeque. Combined with our traditional side dishes and a glass of sweet tea and you're in High Cotton, Outer Banks Barbeque at its very best.

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