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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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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
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“fried chicken” (30 reviews)
“hush puppies” (24 reviews)
“turkey bbq” (10 reviews)
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1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We got off I-95 and it was just 5 minutes to this great stop. We had a sweet server. Tunisa- I think was her name. The BUFFET!!!!!! I don't like to eat at buffets but this was amazing. Home cooking and BBQ that was so...More

Thank Navyspouse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gardner's has a buffet, so it's handy for travelers driving through NC being minutes from I-95, US-64 and on US-301bypass. The place looks a bit old and stuffy, but for $8.59 a person you can't expect good food and fancy decorations. On the buffet, the...More

Thank kbpneacl
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I dropped off I-95 stopped in the Gardener's on Sunset on Saturday, July 8th. This was my first visit to Gardener's. The manager (I think) was constantly cleaning the dining room, checking the buffet, running to the kitchen and checking on guests. He was super...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Overall clean restaurant, ample parking with separate entrance for Take Out. Dined around 2:00 p.m. so several of the loyal local diners were present. Good choice on buffet, entre' s and desert bar. Pulled pork seemed a bit dry, and the country fried steak was...More

Thank 4602usmc
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner. It was late (around 7:50pm). They close at 9:00pm. I was seated promptly. I sat there for about 5 minutes. I could see the wait staff across the way in the other room. They were talking back and forth pointing my way....More

Thank timothyp654
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Buffet and plates and sandwiches always fresh and good quality. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Good for the whole family and everyone will find something good.

Thank jerobemd
Reviewed 23 May 2017

If you are looking for authentic Eastern NC Barbeque and food this is it! First thing to note THIS IS EASTERN NC VERSION of Barbecue. They cook their barbeque with vinegar, crushed red pepper and melted butter made into a sauce. There is NO tomato...More

Thank Sherrie W
Reviewed 9 May 2017

went to the gardners by east grand and ordered 2 2piece dark paid my money and sat down a few minutes later the cook told the cashier that he did not have enough dark meat so my wife asked if she could have a breast...More

Thank rickyalexander21
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

We are sorry to hear about your experience at the Fairview location. This page is for our 301 location and we have a separate page for Fariview. I will forward this to the appropriate location so the manger is aware and talk to the cook....More

Reviewed 21 April 2017

Ben and Mrs Too stopped here for lunch on our way home from Florida, and passed a very pleasant hour or so. Gardner’s is a really busy place, apparently a prime spot for a Sunday lunch among the locals. While the food was not especially...More

Thank Ben_Theretoo406
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you for mentioning all the good things about Gardners. We also have plates available with sit down service for those who do not wish to eat at the buffet. The staff at Gardners tries to please everyone and it depends on the day you...More

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1 June 2016|
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.
1 June 2016|
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
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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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