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Bill Ellis

3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
+1 252-237-4372
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good24%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (21 reviews)
“fried chicken” (37 reviews)
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11:00 - 20:30All hours
American, Barbecue
3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
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Reviewed 2 days ago

On 6/26/17 we used the drive thru at Bill Ellis. They were 5 cars in the entire lot and no one in the drive thru. We arrived at 2:15pm and someone took our order and my husband clearly repeated it back to the girl. The...More

Thank DrKR2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had heard this was a classic Carolina barbecue and decided to stop during a road trip. Very disappointing , all the sides and beans had to be fished out of big watery containers, the barbecue was just average. The place was crowded (not sure...More

Thank ElizabethandDan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe my expectations were too high, after all we're in North Carolina. Price is reasonable but the Buffet is limited and not refreshed very often. Wanted to give it a try but I've gotta say it's just ok. Probably won't rush back on my next...More

Thank Theodore K
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Bills used to be the best place in Wilson for BBQ. No longer. Since Bill died the quality of food has suffered greatly. The BBQ tastes flat and has a mushy consistency.

Thank Ken H
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

The place was b unclean .u decide not to eat anything .I am unsure when the last time the floors were ever cleaned if the front of the.placed look this bad I can only imagine what the kitchen looks.like.

Thank C5617ARdonnad
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Not as good as Parkers ,but very GOOD food .the BBQ and chicken( several types ) are on time, vegetables are a bit overcooked , but we will continue to visit .5-star on the food, price and service .

Thank bomatt4845
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

My family (approx. 30 people) got together for a birthday. We've never been here before, but heard good reviews about it. In a nutshell, the food was GREAT and tea was just like the Carolinas.....SWEET!!! Southern food at its BEST!!

Thank zetaspeechlady
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Parkers bbq was better. Banana pudding was delish. Loved the collard greens. Can't beat the price for AYCE!

Thank G Drew P
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Whether I am going to the buffet or the take out I can count on the food being very good. The buffet has a wide range of items including a full pig on a grill. The banana pudding is always good.

Thank Kelly C
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Good BBQ. Parkers down the road equally as good. It ain't good for you but that's not the point to begin with

Thank Eddiep63
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What are your gluten free options?
2 October 2015|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from Leon G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know besides their vegetables and meats. We don't watch our gluten as we feel its just another fad to worry about. It's been around for thousands of years and suddenly its a big deal? Funny.
How much is the buffet?
9 March 2015|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
$10.73 for adults, $8.70 for Senior citizens, $5.34 for children, and children under 3 free!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wilson
  • Phone Number: +1 252-237-4372
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