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Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 144 Restaurants in Rocky Mount
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$15
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Takeout
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.
Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

My family and I stopped by after a funeral we attended at January 25 we had Nikki and we ate buffet around 2pm and the food was great. We go out to eat a lot and have had many waitress and waiters but Nikki really stood out she made us feel at home very good hospitality. Thank you...

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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2014

Thank you for your wonderful review. The General Manager and District Manager have both been notified about how happy your were with your waitress Nikki. Names go a long way in helping reward those who made a difference in your experience. Thank you.

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

First of all, this is not a gourmet restaurant. It is a down-home style buffet. Traveling from NE Pennsylvania to Myrtle Beach with two friends, I wanted them to experience local cuisine. I had visited a friend in Raleigh-Durham several years ago and she introduced me to the local banana pudding. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We ordered from the buffet and sampled a little bit of everything. All three of us were amazed that we LOVED collard greens! One of us thought their fried chicken was the best they'd ever had. We even sampled fat back. We arrived about 4 p.m., avoiding the lunch and dinner rushes and the buffet was ample. I have to say, the banana pudding was even better than the one I sampled in Raleigh. We were all pleased with our experience and have talked about it several times since returning home. The restaurant is not fancy but is clean. Our waitress was pleasant and answered all our questions about food we had not experienced before.

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Thank Bonnie S
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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's on your travels and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ" and hope we have the opportunity to serve you with another delicious meal on your next trip through.

Gardner's isn't t a fancy place, but it's clean and comfortable settings, similar to going to eat at your family's house. We cater mostly to our regular locals, some who eat here everyday but we always welcome in newcomers. Our food is real authentic southern food and so happy you came with an open mind and invited in such a great expereince. P.S. the collards are my favorite too! Hope Ya'll come back......

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Wonderful eastern NC barbecue, slaw, fried chicken, chicken pastry, and fixings on a lavish buffet. The best strong and sweet tea.

Thank Glenn B
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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about the wonderful 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.

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Reviewed 10 December 2013

I enjoyed my meals at Gardner's. For buffet I have to rate the food as excellent. The fried chicken is some of the best I've ever had. The pulled pork (chopped actually) was very good and they have cheese sticks! I've gotten addicted to cheese sticks since my time in Rocky Mount and vicinity. I would recommend this restaurant.

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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about the wonderful 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. PS We will never get sick of hearing we have the best fried chicken :) Thanks again

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I grew up in RM and Gardners consistently has fantastic bbq and a great home cooking buffet at lunch. the sweet tea is beyond sweet. best to mix it 50/50 with non-sweet tea.

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GardnerBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2013

Yes our tea is sweet :) Thank you for taking the time to inform us of all the great times your had at our buffett. At Gardner’s we strive to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience and fresh hot Southern style home cookin’ day in day out for over 40 years. We would like to thank you for your continued support and for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review.

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