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The Prime Smokehouse Barbecue & Beyond

207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
+1 252-972-7770
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cornbread” (108 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (101 reviews)
“ribs” (196 reviews)
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Bar, American, Barbecue, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food tasty but somewhat dry, large portions, average service. Nice place to dine before taking a train trip the next day.

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, we found this to be the highest rated restaurant in Rocky Mount. It was good, BUT: the spare ribs were dry and not very tasty. My brother had the chicken and had a similar comment. On the positive side, the service was excellent and...More

Thank BobOZee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is almost impossible to put into words how incredible the experience was at the Prime Smokehouse. I said “experience” because that is what it was. Lots of folks throw that word around, but until you actually live it, it’s just a trendy adjective. The...More

Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Smoke is the thing here. One definitely tastes smoke in almost everything: the brisket, the sweet potato, the green beans, and even the Mac and cheese, which was maybe the best I've had in a restaurant anywhere. The owner /chef came out and personally spoke...More

Thank KaneCountyCritic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband got the ribs, green-beans, lemon-ginger yams and I ordered the chopped beef (brisket) macaroni and Cheese and collards. They were out of the collards, so I got broccoli instead. For dessert, we got a peach cobbler to share....Ala mode. The ribs were delicious...More

Thank Elizabeth W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at this restaurant on our way back to Florida and really enjoyed our lunch. I had a very good burger and my wife had the ribs which she said were super. The chocolate cake wad great and so large it-could be shared and...More

Thank sunnyvero
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Smoked wings were very tender and juicy with just the right amount of seasoning and smoke. No sauce is needed. They were the best smoked wings I’ve had by far! Compliments to the Pit Master!

1  Thank Gary M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a terrible dinning experience last night. First there was a group of 7 seating behind us who were extremely loud, actually yelling to each other, they made it difficult for anyone close by to have a conversation - the restaurant staff never did...More

Thank Larry55Tarboro_NC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Rocky Mount for a wedding and found this place on TripAdvisor. I had the pulled pork with sweet potato chips and Mac n cheese, and my wife had the beef brisket quesadilla. Really, really good food!!! My only complaint is I wish...More

Thank BigBoulder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at Prime Smokehouse is homemade and you can taste the quality. Have not been disappointed in whatever I ordered. the homemade mac and cheese is excellent. Proprietors are friendly and walk around restaurant to see if all is okay. Large portions of food,...More

Thank mahobeachlady
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Yes! I suggest asking for the server Miguel.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $23
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-972-7770
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While we have the only "slow-smoked barbecue" in the Rocky Mount area (featuring spareribs, pulled pork, chopped beef and sliced brisket), we also feature thick hand-cut steaks, juicy burgers, and a wide variety of "fresh" seafood. Our lasagna is homemade with fresh herbs. All of our gourmet sides (orange ginger yams, collard greens, coleslaw, potato salad are made from fresh vegetables, etc.) are made in-house from fresh vegetables -- no cans or frozen! Our macaroni & cheese has been ranked in the top 10 nationally by Travel & Leisure magazine. Our desserts are also homemade, unique and delicious. The jazz-themed restaurant, situated in the neighborhood where legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk was born, is the brainchild of Ed Wiley III, Yalem Kiros and Harold Worrell. Ed Wiley is the son of jazz saxophone great Ed Wiley Jr.
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