We didn’t stay in North Carolina for very long prior to our trip to Florida, we only stayed a few days to visit friends over the 4th of July week-end but we wanted to try a few local spots. Bill Ellis’ Barbecue is world famous and really quite the site to see, out back are a large number of tractor trailer units and other large trucks that are used to bring Bill’s BBQ love to the rest of the Continent.
We pulled up into the large parking lot and saw the longest drive through line I’d ever laid my eyes on, and it was full of cars and trucks. This place makes Peter’s in Calgary look like a hot dog stand. The drive through service is in a totally separate building.
When you enter you pay a flat fee and are herded right to the food even before sitting down in the cafeteria style dining area.
The food is very “Southern” with pulled pork, ribs, cornbread and numerous other dishes the names of which I’ve forgotten.
I know that this will likely elicit death threats from a few good ‘ol boys but neither of us were really wowed by the food here, it was different dishes but really seemed like just another buffet to us. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love Southern BBQ and all that goes with it but there was really nothing stand out about Bill’s. Now, that having been said I would not say you should avoid going here but just know that aside from the novelty for a Yankee or a Canuck it’s just basic southern cooking, but maybe that’s the idea.