I visit Rocky Mount 5 or 6 times a year on business. I read about Prime Smokehouse on TA and decided to try it. I had a desire to eat barbecue so that is what I wanted to order.
The menu was pretty extensive. They have everything from pork, to steaks, seafood, burgers, salads, etc. When the waiter arrived, he said "everyone comes here for the ribs and brisket". Well, I partially took his advice. I did order the beef brisket but, since I wanted barbecue, I ordered the 2 meat dinner and had the brisket and the pulled pork. The dinner comes with two sides and I chose the Mac and cheese and the au gratin potatoes. The Mac and cheese was very good and the potatoes we're good, just a bid dry. The brisket was very good. It was tender and had a good flavor. The pulled pork was the clear winner for me. It was moist and flavorful. I sprinkled some vinegar sauce on top and it just added to the flavor. I grew up in South Carolina and I think I know a bit about pulled pork. In SC, we use barbecue sauce. In NC, they use vinegar. I obviously didn't try the ribs but I was very happy with my choice of pulled pork. For dessert (which I had to take for later), I had the chocolate cake. Four layer cake. Excellent.
The restaurant is very nice, well decorated. It is a bit above average on the "nice" scale. There is a bar you can eat at. There is also four tables in the bar area. The main dining room is a bit separate from the bar area.
The waiter greeted me buy asking my name. He was very friendly. He responded to any request I had. However, the main reason I could not give this place a higher rating is because the service was slow. My waiter was on top of things during the first half the meal. In fact, the guy behind the bar helped him out by filling my tea. It took a long time (too long) for my meal to arrive. Once my food arrived, there were long intervals between his visits. I don't think the long time to get my food was his fault but he could have done much better as I sat waiting for him to bring my check. The restaurant was only about half full so I can't blame it on that. I like the guy but something caused him to lose focus on me.
The service will not stop me from returning next time I am in town. If there is a repeat performance of slow service, I might not return. But, the food was good enough to cause me to give it another try.
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