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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” (121 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (113 reviews)
“ribs” (211 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Bar, American, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
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Reviewed yesterday

where to begin the Mac & Cheese is off the chain, the Brisket melts in your mouth, the Ginger Orange Yams are delightful, the ribs just about fall off the bone, the crabcake is next best to maryland

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Eason T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We dined at this restaurant based on reviews in Trip Advisor. Everything about this place is desirable. It is easy to get to, the service is excellent, and the food is delicious. The menu has many choices. The desserts are very good and reasonably priced....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank marieds
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely date night here. Sat at a four-top by the bar and it was much quieter than the dining room and we were seated right away despite being early for our reservation. The food was delicious, the wait staff friendly and attentive. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Danes1221
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The owners and staff did not know that my mom had just passed and we were in route home to Richmond to pick up clothes and family for services when we stopped in to this fine restaurant. The kindness from every team member was a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DebZ933
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food on the lvl of big city-better service.The only Steakhouse I will go to in Rocky Mount,NC!Portions nice!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Sandy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sometimes it's difficult to find a good "home-style" vegetarian meal during my travels. I shy away from chains, and this restaurant was recommended by the staff at the Holiday Inn. I was traveling and dining alone and felt entirely welcome in this charming and cozy...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Robin S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'll begin by saying this is my "go to restaurant." During my travel I passed through Rocky Mount, and the Prime Smokehouse being my first choice, I stopped again to enjoy a meal. The barbecue meat platter with the succulent smoked ribs that I could...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jo T
Reviewed November 12, 2018

I had my mother birthday dinner here back in August and we all was not satisfied with our food. My mom and uncle liked the fried fish. All the rest of us had brisket, ribs and smoked chicken which we didn't like because it wasn't...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank lwilliams3276
Reviewed November 6, 2018

the atmosphere is great. small restaurant but great service. The food in unbelievably good. My party of 4 all ordered different dishes and we tried each others and could not say one was better than other. It was all very good. they have usual side...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Joan G
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We went in for lunch and even though it was not full we has to wait for a waitress to show up. Three of us got the special of shrimp and grits. That is somethat I love, but these grits needed a little more flavor....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cmama_tbw
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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, Special occasions, Bar scene
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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