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“Down home Food”

The Pit Authentic Barbecue
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Ranked #13 of 1,476 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Dawson Street
Transit: The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Despite the high volume, we were able to get a table very quickly. We had the sampler for appetizer and I had to Carolina ribs for entree. Everything was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. That said, it's definitely not the best BBQ I have had. I would dine there again. The service was just okay. The first waitress took our order and then took too long to return so we asked another waitress to take our order. I believe this lady was oblivious that she was very push and seemed impatient.

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Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We had: Ribs, fried chicken, BBQ, fried okra, Greens, Mac & cheese, Brunswick Stew, mashed potatoes, potato salad and there wasn't a single thing that we didn't LOVE! Food was tremendous. Super busy and the wait staff was still very attentive with drink refills and anything we needed. So glad we found this place!

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Walked in, without reservations, with my teenage son who had a hankering for BBQ, at 10 pm on a Saturday evening. We both appreciate NC style BBQ, but we are bigger fans for Texas style brisket and ribs. Having been to the" Salt Lick" in Texas, the bar was set pretty high for us. The Pit did not disappoint. Although the brisket was a bit dry, it was pretty tasty. The ribs were tender and had a perfect Texas smokey flavor the reminded us of our travels through Austin, TX. The french fries and sweet potato fries were soggy and oily, but the hush puppies made up for this only flaw. The service was fantastic, as our server was attentive, and pleasant. We hope to return for another great meal when we travel through Raleigh once more.

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Thank Samuel S
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Like the ribs, bbq and chicken. Have been here quite a few times and am always amazed how fast you are served once seated. If you are looking for a quick good bbq lunch or dinner, The Pit in Raleigh is the place.

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Thank CarrieJoeNC
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Always a wait, so get there early. BBQ is good but honestly I like Smithfield BBQ just as much . . . what you're paying for is the fun vibe of a downtown restaurant with traditional Eastern NC BBQ (vinegar based). It's a bit expensive so be aware. Even so, it's a great way to introduce out of towners to our classic version of BBQ, and the Banana Pudding is AWESOME!

Thank Becky S
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