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Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant

1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
+1 252-446-2983
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Overview
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
Travelers talk about
“turkey bbq” (12 reviews)
“hush puppies” (26 reviews)
“fried chicken” (30 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly
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LOCATION
1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
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Reviewed July 3, 2018

Gardner's is an all you can eat BBQ place. Their BBQ is good, typical, Carolina style BBQ. What I love are all their side vegetables. They are outstanding. Butter beans, corn, stewed tomatoes, collards, green beans. The list goes on. All for about $10.

Thank Michael A
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Thank you Michael for the great review. We are one of the few places that our sides list is immense, even with our takeout.

Reviewed June 8, 2018

In town on business and time for lunch and this place could handle our crowd. Big Buffet with lots of variety, Service was very good and quick too.

Thank Trueeasterner
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Very happy you chose us for your business lunch. We offer private rooms at no additional fee and also have WiFi, podiums, screens, etc to keep your business meeting flowing smoothly.

Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

Decent food and great service! We had a large group and were in/out in an hour. Chicken and pastry was the best!

Thank KatieHeineman1
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Thank you Katie. We are wonderful at handling large groups and offer private rooms at no additional cost.

Reviewed April 15, 2018

Went to the take out entrance to place an order for a birthday lunch. The lady behind the counter, Rose; was extremely courteous and helpful. Helped us pick out a ton of food, while giving helpful suggestions on amounts and combinations. Everything tasted great and...More

Thank Y3324PDwilliamw
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

This review was posted on our employee board so everyone can see what a great job Rose is doing. We appreciate the time you took to write this review. Thank you!

Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Good buffet with a variety of Southern dishes. Especially enjoyed the fried chicken. The vegetables were very good as well.

Thank Lbouknight
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Yes our fried chicken is simple and made fresh to order so it taste just like homemade. We specialize in southern cooking so we are happy to hear the great feedback.

Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

Terrible customer service! I ordered a bbq dinner which came with 3 sides. Before I ordered I asked the cashier would slaw count as one of the sides. She told me no, it came with it anyway. So, I told her my 3 sides, not...More

1  Thank Pocahontas H
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

We apologize that our performance was less then stellar. If you can provide us with a name we will be sure to address the issue.

Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Good service with friendly people. 2 for $20 was a great buffet. Southern food choices from beans, to collards, fried fish or chicken and bbq any meat you can name. Soups and desserts, too. My fried chicken breast and wings were perfectly cooked-crispy on the...More

Thank Melissa A
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

We appreciate this wonderful review you left us and all the details mentioned. We try our best to make you feel like you are at home with good old fashioned food and warm southern hospitality.

Reviewed February 10, 2018

Each time I travel thru Rocky Mount always stop to eat. Food is great and a large selection if you get the buffet, or can order from a menu. Service is good and staff friendly.

Thank susan c
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

We greatly appreciate the 5 star review and hope to see you again very soon!

Reviewed February 4, 2018

I always stop at Gardners when I'm in Rocky Mount. A couple of weeks ago we stopped there on our way home from Florida. It was a Friday so they had a lot of fish. As usual the food was great BUT the barbecue need...More

1  Thank juliecirillo
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

Thank you Julie for the great review. We try not to overpower our bbq with too muck "kick" so we leave both vinegar and hot vinegar sauce on each table so you can everyone can adjust the :kick" to their liking. We also have three...More

Reviewed February 4, 2018

This place has a decent buffet at a very reasonable price. The staff was courteous and efficient. The food was good for a buffet and the fried chicken was still hot and crispy. I would recommend trying this place.

1  Thank babs12858
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

Thank you babs for the great review. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing and hope to see you back again soon.

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Quevon
May 31, 2016|
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Response from GardnerBBQ | Property representative |
Yes we do. We even carry frozen 5 pound containers. It's 9.99 per pound. We also have collards, stew and pork bbq available to take home.
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Quevon
May 31, 2016|
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Response from GardnerBBQ | Property representative |
Yes we do. We even carry frozen 5 pound containers. It's 9.99 per pound. We also have collards, stew and pork bbq available to take home.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$3 - $15
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Buffet, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-446-2983
  • E-mail
Description
Gardner's Foods consists of three restaurants in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as well as a catering and wholesale division. Everything began in 1972 when experienced food operators, Gerry and Jim Gardner, decided to develop a good ole country cooking restaurant that specialized in Eastern North Carolina barbecue, as well as Southern fried chicken and its famous Southern style collards. Our 301 North Location seats 250 people and has a huge buffet with such items as * Fried Chicken* Baked Chicken * Pork Barbecue* Turkey Barbecue* Brunswick Stew * Chicken Pastry* Cabbage* Squash* Peas* Boiled Potatoes* Rice & Gravy* Fish* Salad Bar* Dessert Bar Gardner Foods is USDA inspected. We cook only whole hogs, and our Barbecue is cooked Eastern North Carolina style. It's seasoned with crushed red pepper and vinegar as well as a few secret ingredients. Our barbecue is deboned and mixed by hand - prepared specially for you.Turkey Barbecue:Gardner's debones and mixes whole turkeys by hand, and is also prepared Eastern North Carolina style. Turkey barbecue is the perfect alternative for our customers who are not able to eat or do not prefer pork. Southern Style Collards:Gardner's southern style collards are cooked, seasoned, chopped. All Our southern style collards are a unique product that looks good on any plate. Gardner's also has a great thick and hearty Brunswick Stew that includes two meats and lots of vegetables. Our Vegetable Soup with chicken is also a local favorite. Voted Best BBQ in Rocky Mount 2012. Voted best hush puppies in Rocky Mount 2012.
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