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“Has gone downhill...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Porky's BBQ

Porky's BBQ
Ranked #7 of 20 Restaurants in China Grove
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Salisbury, NC
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Has gone downhill...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

I used to live close to Porky's BBQ and would visit often for breakfast. The morning waitresses were always courteous and attentive, the food usually decent for a basic breakfast. We had a favorite waitress and favorite spot and really enjoyed our mornings spent there.

However, in the past few years, I have become disillusioned with both Porky's staff and their food. The few times I visited the restaurant for dinner our waitresses have been sub-par and the same goes for the food. Bland and increasingly overpriced for basics...nickled and dimed for what comes free most places.

On one visit, I made a request to our waitress which was completely ignored. On another, she delivered our food and then disappeared for the entire meal and I was out of drink the whole time. I was about to just go refill it myself. She seemed to be on an extended smoke break and showed up as we were leaving. Often the waitresses don't know the menu very well...what kind of gravy comes with your country fried steak? Is it a white-pepper gravy?...Oh yes ma'am...what shows up? A brown gravy...not what I was interested in and wouldn't have ordered the dish had I known.

The owner seems incredibly cheap as well...he can't even pop for a separate land-line to run his ATM and shares it with the regular phone line. They are also inconsistent with their charges...sometimes it is extra to get certain items...sometimes they are free. He has a lot of extra help on hand to bus the tables and clean, which is to be expected, but they seem to do far more work than the waitresses and probably don't receive tips.

Lastly, the woman who normally runs the cash register always has a scowl on her face. That's really the last person you want your customers to see as they leave? A sour-puss to leave a sour taste in your mouth?

If you want real BBQ, quick service, and a great atmosphere, go to Gary's around the corner...not this wannabe.

And definitely, definitely, don't waste your money on Porky's 2 in Landis...it is 10x worse...they will charge you a dollar extra for 'homestyle mac and cheese'...which appeared to be Food Lion brand boxed mix and tasted like it too. Their fried chicken is the pits...a Southern restaurant should know how to make amazing fried chicken. I only mention it on this review since they are a stones throw apart and owned by the same person. Expect the same.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
1 review
“great bbq”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Ended up here by accident, and good thing too. Pulled bbq was some of the best i've EVER had. Will dine here again whenever i am close by

Visited December 2012
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Thank octagonmma
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great BBQ and much more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

Porky's is a good family resturant for southern style Barbecue. You can eat in or carry out. The hush puppies there are to die for, but they offer so much more. You can get good fish, country ham and other meats, as well as free refills on your drink. Check out the sweet tea or have a cold cheerwine. The barbecue was so good we brought a family pack to enjoy at home in Maryland.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Georgia C
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Siler City, North Carolina
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Down Home Food Served By Down Home Folks!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Food is plentiful and good. . The wait staff is very fast and yet will take the time to chat with you and make you feel right at home. I always enjoy the experience at PORKY'S.

Visited October 2012
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Thank dwsiler
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Salisbury, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great variety”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

The food is outstanding. Not in the mood for BBQ? My favorites are the flounder sandwich, cheeseburgers and spaghetti. Don't skip the hushpuppies...yummy.

Visited September 2012
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Thank CharDM
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