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Barbecue Center

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900 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292-2694
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Lexington, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're looking for what Lexington is famous for, pit cooked pork shoulder BBQ, you need look no further. When you get out of your car, truck, or off your bike, the aroma of the pit cooked pork will have you hooked. If that isn't enough to entice you, then the BBQ chicken, pit cooked, surely will and just wait... More 

Thank LexingtonAtty
Phoenix, Maryland, United States
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Eat in or take out. Still offers curb service which is rare. Ice cream for dessert is great. BBQ plates with slaw and hushpuppies is the way to go.

Thank MLB5313
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143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best Chopped BBQ sandwich I ever had, topped with the red cole slaw. Nothing fancy but great service and eats. The lunch specials are also good. This is a can't miss local favorite in small town USA.

1 Thank ty b
Raleigh, NC
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149 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I stopped in to have lunch, and ordered a large barbecue tray with sweet tea. The place was clean and the service was prompt and friendly. It was like stepping into the past. They even have curb service if you would like to eat in your car! The barbecue was very good, and the slaw was quite spicy. But the... More 

Thank docdiamond
Lexington, NC
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86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

located in Lexington and well-known for the BBQ... I go here for The Banana Splits they have the biggest and best banana splits in Lexington and possibly North Carolina it's a meal in itself and well worth the trip

1 Thank Amy R
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here while in Lexington good bbq great service very attentive resturant is clean they keel you good on refills prices are reasonable Will be back another time

Thank traveler457700
Charlotte, North Carolina
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190 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

So we stopped by here today and it was good but didn't compare to Smileys down the road. Ice cream is fine but I was here for bbq!

Thank Brad P
Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

I had heard about it, so we had to try it for ourselves and we were not disappointed. The "nano" split was huge, I mean huge and almost to pretty to eat. We came in right after lunch, found seating fairly easily. Nice paved parking lot. Level entrance way. Booths, tables and bar seats. Lovely mid century look. Very clean.... More 

Thank ToNCandBeyond
Newtown, Connecticut
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68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Found a place on Google came by and it's a perfect place to pop in and have a great barbecue. friend to grill chicken hotdog and some chili that I recommend the barbecue any day of the week service was fast and friendly

Thank Kent H
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This is such convenient place to try out the Lexington BBQ experience. We went for take out and you can pull up for curbside service. My order was quickly taken and the food arrived within minutes. We did both two types of BBQ (strips and ground chunks) both so good. You can order with "rolls" (buns) if you want to... More 

Thank ReadRibbet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292-2694
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 13362484633
The Barbecue Center of Lexington, NC specializes in Pit Cooked Lexington Style Barbecue. We are also well known for our Huge Banana Split. We also offer a full early morning breakfast.

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