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Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant

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1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
+1 252-446-2983
10:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:30
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Home cooking at its' finest! Fresh, hot, clean although it is a bit chaotic. Well worth the entrance fee, to be sure.

Thank Olive G
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of the experience you had at our 301 restaurant. At Gardner’s we strive to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience and fresh hot Southern style home cookin’. We would like to thank you for your continued support and for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

I can assure you that Gardner’s is good southern cooking. Most of the bad reviews on here are disappointing simply for the fact that they don’t understand WHAT NC BBQ is, to be specific what Eastern NC BBQ is. Yes, BBQ even varies on what side of Raleigh you are on. It’s NOT what northerner’s known as BBQ……. meat slathered... More 

2 Thank allmotorchick
GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow what a great detailed review of our company. Thanks for taking the time to explain all about what we offer and what makes us one of NC best BBQ. Hope you come back and see us for another great meal. More 

Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

We stopped at Gardiner's again, because we were told that they had remodeled the place and the food was much better. I have to agree. The fried chicken was excellent and hot, chicken pastry was very good as were the vegetables and other dishes. Nice dessert bar also. We will be back again the next trip through.

Thank jjk1944
Johnstown, New York, United States
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

We went because it wa across from our hotel. The front desk manager at the hotel said the BBQ ws "pretty good," but when we got there it was seafood night and there wasn't much BBQ at all. Just some pulled pork with no BBQ sauce??? The scallops were really good, but overall the food was just OK, the service... More 

Thank Teddi M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Stopped here after rave reviews from a friend who is from the area. He evidently hadn't been there in years because even he stated that the food/service had gone downhill. Wait wasn't long at all and the price was right. Arrived about 7 p.m. on a Thursday night to a pretty full restaurant. Walking past the buffet I noticed MANY... More 

Thank tanya b
Wewahitchka, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

This place has gone down hill in the last 10 years,, Last 2 times I went all I could smell was sour mop that had been used to clean the floor!!!!!,,, will not go back !!!!!!!!

1 Thank sawmillbob
Wilson, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

Has a fair variety of foods, including pork and turkey BBQ, at a decent price. Nothing outstanding, though.

Thank Mehands
Somerset, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

Great food home cooking at it's best! you will waddle out of the place with a full belly...it's a YUM experience. The staff had the southern charm you don't expect at a buffet..I would visit again on my way through Rocky Mount,NC

Thank Ginny P
Clayton, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

bring your stretchy pants and your appetite. as much good southern food as you can pack in your belly

Thank David H
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012

Poor food quality.BBQ tasted like it had been warmed over more than one time.Food temps on buffet were not hot as they should have been.

Thank B J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:30
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
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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