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5376 Franklin Street, Virginia Route 40 (Virginia's Thunder Road), Rocky Mount, VA 24151
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Martinsville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in and had 2 hot dogs, wedge of cheese and a soda.Hot dog buns were steamed (very soft) and chili was very pleasant to taste. Cheese was good but small (should have ordered 2 wedges). Was very impressed with the food. Will go back, maybe get an order of beans next time.

Thank mels220
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I think this is one of those restaurants in Virginia that sells food just so that it can satisfy the strict Virginia ABC laws to sell beer (which I'm sure that it does). Alot of folks drinking beer here, which is fine. I observed no drunkeness or off color language while here for lunch. They serve hot dogs that are... More 

Thank David S
Rocky Mount, Virginia, United States
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

What can you say about Bowling's place... It's a cinder block building sitting right on route 40 west about 4 miles outside of town. There menu is limited to hotdogs, Pinto beans and hoop cheese for the most part. The regular hotdog comes with mustard, mayo, chili and onions. although they will make them how you like. A wedge of... More 

1 Thank Steve L
Rocky Mount, Virginia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Seriously the best hot dogs around! Get'm all the way with a side of cheese and beans....and a cold beer! You'll so thank me! Not a big place, but always full of friendly folks!

1 Thank angiedaniel3
Rocky Mount, Virginia
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

I try to put this in my weekly schedule and go every Wednesday. They have the friendliest staff and the best service. They also have live music occasionally. Good local music by exceptional musicians.

1 Thank dhodges2
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

Can't say enough good things about this iconic spot !! The homemade chili is the best. My favorite lunch is a chili bun, a slice of cheese, chips and a coke in a glass bottle !!

1 Thank Carmen L
Woolwine, Virginia
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225 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2014 via mobile

Try the whole menu! You can choose a hotdog, pinto beans or a slice of cheese. Yup any of those three! We had it all! OK you can have your hotdog in a lot of combinations (slaw, mustard, onions, etc). You can have your pinto beans with chili, onions, cheese! The cheese is just cheese but did I mention you... More 

1 Thank Foodandwine60
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

I've also ate at bowlings since I was a child and I make a point to go at least once every 2 weeks. The atmosphere could use some sprucing up but the food makes you forget about the atmosphere. The girls always take care of us when we come down for lunch. I always get 2 dogs all the way... More 

2 Thank T3acup
Rocky Mount, Virginia
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127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2012

i have been going to bowlings all my life. menu is simple hot dogs, beans, slice of cheese, beer or soda. the prices are very reasonable. it is a local institution started in the late 40" by mr. bowling. it has stayed in local hands ever since. some consider it a redneck bar and that kinda what it is. however... More 

Thank James S

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  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: 5376 Franklin Street, Virginia Route 40 (Virginia's Thunder Road), Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Rocky Mount

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?