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Howard's Barbecue - CLOSED

100 S Main St, Lillington, NC 27546-8968
+1 910-893-4571
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (18 reviews)
“bbq chicken” (4 reviews)
“pulled pork” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Barbecue, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
100 S Main St, Lillington, NC 27546-8968
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Reviews (62)
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Nice change in the menu to pulled pork over the chopped. The pork was tender and flavorful. Many sauces available to choose, no matter where your from. Very enjoyable staff. Nice place to watch the "Eagles" soar up and down the river, while having a...More

Thank nbull50
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2017

Hello, and thank you very much for coming to dine at Howard's. I am so happy you enjoyed our new pulled pork and the new variety of sauces! We've been battling hard to find great servers and staff and I'm very glad that service was...More

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Very good, genuine bbq with an excellent selection of sauces. Great little side salad for only a buck extra. Katherine, or waitress, was very friendly and professional. We stumbled upon this for lunch but were very glad we did. We’ve already recommended it to friends.

Thank WolfandJan M
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

We're so glad you stumbled in! Thank you very much for your valuable recommendations and we're looking forward to seeing you back soon! -megan

Reviewed 3 October 2017

The place was great for family. It was very clean and you can eat inside or outside by the river. The staff was great and very helpful with questions about the menu. I liked that they do not put the sauces on the meat but...More

Thank 1paintman
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Hello and thank you for your feedback! I'm so happy you enjoyed your food and wait service was up to par. We certainly appreciate your choosing to eat at Howard's and hopefully we'll get to see you at one of our tables again soon! -megan

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Staff was awesome but I'm not used to southern fixings so not really my cup of tea...wished for more choices but again its the south lolMore

Thank Riverpoot
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Hi there! We've updated our menu a bit since your last visit and hope you'll come back for another go at Howard's. We understand that traditional eastern NC cuisine has a very distinct flavor that not everyone is a fan of. We've changed our barbecue...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Sanitation rating was 95. We decided to eat outside because having the river view was cool. It was a little cool and breezy but nice. Our waitress was so very nice and sweet. The hushpuppies were the best that I have had in a long...More

Thank apenny620
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for stopping by Howard's Barbecue! I'm so glad your overall experience was a good one. We look forward to your next visit, but until then, take care! -megan

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Visited Howards after day at Raven Rock. Staff was friendly, they were not busy at time. Sweat tea, beans, french fries, shrimp were good. Chicken & barbeque were over strong tasting of vinegar base sauce. Fried chicken only served on Sunday. My recomdation , During...More

Thank tekoanme
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Hi there and thank you for choosing to dine with us! After a day at Raven Rock, you must've been hungry :) We know Eastern BBQ has a strong vinegar-taste, due to the way it's traditionally made. We've heard our customers recently and are going...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Wish I would have read the reviews for this place before I walked in. My wife and I walked in and were greeted by a very friendly gentlemen. He brought us out to a table outside and gave us menus. There were like 4 other...More

Thank Mike W
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Hi Mike! My name is Megan. My husband and I own Howard's Barbecue. We have really been working hard to address issues in service like the one you mentioned in your review. I'm so very sorry about your bad experience! Since we'd like to work...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went for a late lunch on a Sunday. The restaurant was not very crowded. When we came through the door, we received a pleasant greeting and were seated immediately. It was down hill from there!! It took a while before a...More

Thank mbarnard63
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hello and thank you for your feedback. I'm so sorry your experience eating at Howard's was not satisfactory. We always strive for excellent service and fresh, quality food. I will personally follow up with your waitress to get more details about your experience. We'd like...More

Reviewed 9 July 2017

We arrived around 3, on Saturday July 8. There were maybe 4 that's four other eating at this time. While walking to the very back, near the patio, I saw several tables that were dirty and had unfinished food on them. We were seated, and...More

Thank Athena H
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Hello Athena and thank you for your feedback. I would like to apologize for sub-par wait service. Although it is a rare occurrence that these things happen at Howard's Barbecue, there is no excuse for what happened to you and your husband. We are aware...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017

It's my understanding that this restaurant was recently sold. I can tell it in the food. I've been there multiple times since the change. I really wanted to like this restaurant as much as I did under the previous owner, but I cannot. First experience,...More

Thank LilMiss1
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank you for your review! I'm very sorry your most recent meal wasn't to your liking. Yes, the restaurant was recently sold earlier in 2017. My husband, Ilia, has been working very hard to address the service issues, along with working with the kitchen staff...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
USD 5 - USD 30
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Main St, Lillington, NC 27546-8968
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Lillington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-893-4571
  • E-mail
Mermaid Point is located right on the beautiful Cape Fear River in Lillington, NC. We serve delicious Southern-American style eats from the land and the sea. Our full bar is at your service too! We also cater!
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