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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
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (26 reviews)
“fried chicken” (30 reviews)
“turkey bbq” (11 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
PRICE
£
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LOCATION
1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
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1 - 10 of 154 reviews

Reviewed 8 October 2017

The food was well seasons,excellent variety,buffet always well stocked,good price. Staff except for the manager treated us like family. Manager was rude,crude and acted like we were bothering him by being there. He couldn't even wait until we were finished before I had to pay...More

Thank ferntw
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

We received your letter regarding your event and it was shared with the owner and COO of the company. We are happy that the rest of our staff made sure your private party went every well and that everyone enjoyed themselves. We truly value you...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is the flagship location for a small chain that serves up a buffet of foods you'd find at most family reunions in the south. As a bonus, they have a really good version of Eastern NC BBQ (vinegar based). The staff are welcoming and...More

Thank resteve62
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

We value wonderful customers like you and appreciate your review. If you like our pork BBQ be sure to try our turkey BBQ on your next visit.

Reviewed 29 September 2017

Decent food, not great but for a buffet you could do worse. There is a good selection of things to choose from and a great way to try thing you normally wouldntMore

Thank Joe B
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

We hope to earn 4/5 stars next time. We offer all there is to love about Eastern NC home cooking without all the work. With 100's of items we have something for everyone. Saturdays we add extra grilled items on Fridays we have a bonus...More

Reviewed 29 September 2017

My family eats here a lot especially on Sundays. Last week I needed to get some take out and not the buffet. I found the food not to be the same quality, nor consistency as the inside menu. There also were some items I asked...More

Thank Allraceschurch W
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Thank you for the great review. Our take out buffet is more limited because some items don't fair well in takeout and other items we don't offer on the buffet every day. Some of the items are different such as the banana pudding. With take...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017

I have been to this restaurant a number of times and have never been disappointed. There is a very good selections of meats, vegetables,and desserts. There is also a discount for seniors.

Thank rockdoctor48
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

We greatly appreciate the 5 star review. We offer discounts to seniors, military and our local college. Nothing better than giving back to our community.

Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Very good food at a reasonable price. A large variety of meats, chicken and vegetables. They have a variety of dessert.

Thank Lorraine J
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

We appreciate the review and hope to always provide you with a great meal at a reasonable price.

Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

The buffet is huge and has a large variety of meats and vegetables. There is also a large desert buffet. The fried chicken was great as were the hushpuppies, and the chicken salad. The BBQ was ok but there was no woodpile in site. The...More

Thank damondowneastnc
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This is the classic southern buffet, affordable, staff and fellow diners as nice as can be, don't miss it when in this area

Thank Elizabeth S
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

We greatly appreciate this review as we are celebrating 45 years of serving our customers. Not much has changed and we like it that way.

Reviewed 25 August 2017

Spent the night in Rocky Mount on our way down to Charleston, SC from Connecticut. We wanted to have some BBQ and came across Gardner's Barbecue, which was very close to our hotel. This place is not fancy by any means, but the food was...More

Thank bchrzan
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

thank you for the great review! Hope we become part of your travel tradition.

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Waited over 10 minutes for my food... and I was the only one in line! I noticed a sign at the window while waiting for my food that said "Check your order at the window. We will not correct any order once you have left...More

Thank Kree8vkin
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Our good southern food is cooked to order so sometimes there may be a longer wait and I am happy to see our staff apologized for the extended wait time. Gardner's BBQ does not have sauce, it's traditional Eastern NC BBQ that's vinegar based. Sauce...More

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Quevon
31 May 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
31 May 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
US$3 - US$15
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Buffet, Private Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 21:00
Friday
10:00 - 21:30
Saturday
10:00 - 21:30
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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