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Good eats - Rocky Mount - Lumberton area

il davis Mar 13, 2008 02:11 PM

Driving to Fl and will spend the first night in Rocky Mount or Lumberton depending how far we drive that first day. Looking for good hometown cooking. BBQ,fried chicken,seafood and whatever else is unique to the area. Have been to Parker's in Wilson and Melton's in RM.
Pls help.
Thank you!

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  1. MMRuth RE: il davis Mar 13, 2008 02:13 PM

    Can you tell me about those two places? I drive down that way once a year en route to Eastern North Carolina, and would love to know more ... I had the saddest drive around Rocky Mount once looking for food - and just not knowing where to look!!

    1. Tehama RE: il davis Mar 13, 2008 05:31 PM

      My thought is at least try to stop to eat in Rocky Mount as opposed to waiting until Lumberton (Chic Fil A is your best bet there). This article might help: http://imagesrockymount.com/business/...

      If you go a bit further down I-95, you might exit off in Smithfield (somewhat in between Rocky Mount and Lumberton). Admittedly, it has been a couple of years since I was there, but Cafe Monet was fairly nice. I'd be interested to see if anyone has anything to add to that suggestion as my rememberance is not current.

      In Smithfield, though, is White Swan BBQ. I LOVE White Swan: http://www.whiteswanbarbeque.com/ Two locations in the Smithfield area. And, I cannot believe they have a website.

      1. alkapal RE: il davis Mar 13, 2008 06:22 PM


        fuller's in lumberton. great buffet with superb local veggies!

        1. meatn3 RE: il davis Mar 13, 2008 09:01 PM

          Melton's is gone. The old place flooded too many times, tried a new location & just didn't work out. According to friends in Rocky Mount they say there is no longer good BBQ to be had there. It's a shame, RM had some of the best at one time.

          I agree completely with alkapal re: Fullers. Great selection, food is always wonderful, buffet is constantly being refilled & fresh as can be. If you don't have access to this style food, then the buffet will be a terrific chance to satisfy many cravings! It is also very easy on/off from I-95.

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            alkapal RE: meatn3 Mar 14, 2008 04:27 AM

            fuller's was surprisingly easy to get to -- barely a mile (if that) off of 95 (exit 20, then head west) -- on the main road.


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            robgette RE: il davis Mar 14, 2008 06:49 AM


            the place you MUST checkout is beefmastor's in Wilson. in fact that is the reason i joined this board in the firstplace. they only serve one thing (ribeye) but to say the place is an institution would not do it justice. check out this link:


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              webvanman RE: il davis Mar 14, 2008 07:09 AM

              Gardners BBQ in Rocky Mount is an all you can eat BBQ, Fried Chicken, fish, home cooked veggies, desserts, etc... Pretty good and filling.

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                alkapal RE: webvanman Mar 15, 2008 12:39 AM

                is gardener's the one up on the hill? (i always confuse it with that other Q place in wilson, nc) what is the wilson, nc place? i thought (years ago) that their q was tastier. but it has been so long......

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                Fritz RE: il davis Mar 26, 2008 09:56 AM

                curious what you thought of Parkers.
                We went a couple of weeks ago on our trip back from Fla. It was very disappointing.
                Actually, so were the other two we've hit in the last couple years up and down I95. One was McCabes in Manning, SC. I fergit the other one.
                There must be a good one along the way.

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                  scottb RE: il davis Mar 26, 2008 04:25 PM

                  I agree with Fullers. Stop there every time we head south. You won't be dissapointed.

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