Bullock's Bar-B-Cue

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  • 3330 Quebec Dr

    Durham, NC 27705

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  • 919-383-3211

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I think I've about had enough!\r
Went in today..I am from Durham , work in the area so I have frequented Bullock's somewhat through the years, not as much latley and never as much in the future.. My one BIG, HUGE problem was my oysters

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I think I've about had enough!\r
Went in today..I am from Durham , work in the area so I have frequented Bullock's somewhat through the years, not as much latley and never as much in the future.. My one BIG, HUGE problem was my oysters

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Recently did some work in Raleigh, NC and I happened to hear from some locals about this place. Of course I treated my project managers to dinner one night and we couldn't move the next day, not sure if that tells you anything but we ate so much.... we have never eatin, smelled, or even seen BBQ that came close to Bullock's.

One thing they could do to improve is maybe spend some money and remodel the building. Besides that, great place for BBQ!!!!!

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★★★★☆

Recently did some work in Raleigh, NC and I happened to hear from some locals about this place. Of course I treated my project managers to dinner one night and we couldn't move the next day, not sure if that tells you anything but we ate so much.... we have never eatin, smelled, or even seen BBQ that came close to Bullock's.

One thing they could do to improve is maybe spend some money and remodel the building. Besides that, great place for BBQ!!!!!

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Permit me to preface this review by letting you know that I'm not knocking the quality of the food or the service, (although our waitress DID allow us to run out of hush puppies and run very low on beverages).\r\nWhat I AM complaining about was the disruptive and seemingly oblivious family that was seated in the adjoining booth. A father, a mother, two girls in their pre-teens, and a totally loud and disruptive toddler seated at the end of their table in a high chair. Several times during our meal this child was overly loud and just about every time either the mother or the father would lamely utter some, less than convincing, admonition to be quite and to not be disruptive again. There was even a couple of times that the mom started counting.....1.....2.....3, like that was really going to put the fear into this already unruly and disruptive munchkin. The only time that I was FINALLY able to enjoy the remainder of my meal was after their much appreciated departure. As we were paying our tab, the woman at the register asked us if ""everything"" was OK. I told her that the food was OK but that we were unable to fully enjoy our meal due to the disruptive nature of the family seated in the adjoining booth whereupon she chimed in that she too had heard this child being disruptive. She sympathetically looked at me and my sweetie and rather offer any sort of compensation on the tab or a NEXT visit.....she offered us some free York Peppermint Patties as compensation. Well.....what should I have expected; it's Bullock's and apparently they don't ""really"" need our patronage, but regardless, we'll more than likely be back because the food IS good and the prices aren't a rip-off. Atmosphere=1 star: Prices=2 stars: Service=3 stars: Food=3&1/2 stars (maybe four if their hush puppies were better flavored).

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Permit me to preface this review by letting you know that I'm not knocking the quality of the food or the service, (although our waitress DID allow us to run out of hush puppies and run very low on beverages).\r\nWhat I AM complaining about was the disruptive and seemingly oblivious family that was seated in the adjoining booth. A father, a mother, two girls in their pre-teens, and a totally loud and disruptive toddler seated at the end of their table in a high chair. Several times during our meal this child was overly loud and just about every time either the mother or the father would lamely utter some, less than convincing, admonition to be quite and to not be disruptive again. There was even a couple of times that the mom started counting.....1.....2.....3, like that was really going to put the fear into this already unruly and disruptive munchkin. The only time that I was FINALLY able to enjoy the remainder of my meal was after their much appreciated departure. As we were paying our tab, the woman at the register asked us if ""everything"" was OK. I told her that the food was OK but that we were unable to fully enjoy our meal due to the disruptive nature of the family seated in the adjoining booth whereupon she chimed in that she too had heard this child being disruptive. She sympathetically looked at me and my sweetie and rather offer any sort of compensation on the tab or a NEXT visit.....she offered us some free York Peppermint Patties as compensation. Well.....what should I have expected; it's Bullock's and apparently they don't ""really"" need our patronage, but regardless, we'll more than likely be back because the food IS good and the prices aren't a rip-off. Atmosphere=1 star: Prices=2 stars: Service=3 stars: Food=3&1/2 stars (maybe four if their hush puppies were better flavored).

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I was lured to Bullock's by the CitySearch ratings, but can't concur with the high marks given by previous reviewers. The chicken livers were OK, but the sides were mediocre at best. Fried okra and green beans were forgettable. Hush puppies were great. Service was adequate, but you'd never accuse them of being friendly. We'll give them another chance.

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I was lured to Bullock's by the CitySearch ratings, but can't concur with the high marks given by previous reviewers. The chicken livers were OK, but the sides were mediocre at best. Fried okra and green beans were forgettable. Hush puppies were great. Service was adequate, but you'd never accuse them of being friendly. We'll give them another chance.

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These folks are good! Especially Tommy Bullock, the owner/manager. I recently made a special order by phone from the Richmond area. First, my call was personally returned within 24 hours by Tommy. I explained I would be in Durham, NC for only a few hours and wanted my order ready by 5 PM. Even though the order was a special order and not on the menu, it was waiting for me when I arrived. The place was packed with customers! It was a Friday, yet my order was executed perfectly. Thanks again Tommy for a job well done!

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★★★★★

These folks are good! Especially Tommy Bullock, the owner/manager. I recently made a special order by phone from the Richmond area. First, my call was personally returned within 24 hours by Tommy. I explained I would be in Durham, NC for only a few hours and wanted my order ready by 5 PM. Even though the order was a special order and not on the menu, it was waiting for me when I arrived. The place was packed with customers! It was a Friday, yet my order was executed perfectly. Thanks again Tommy for a job well done!

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The main offerings are top notch, of couse, but we find that most of the side dishes are really super delicious.

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★★★★☆

The main offerings are top notch, of couse, but we find that most of the side dishes are really super delicious.

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I have only eaten there once, we ordered the family style... now I am completely grossed out to know that they serve food that has already been on someone eles' table. What if they coughed or sneezed on the food? OMG, I don't even want to think about it. There is no way this is acceptable per Health Inspection regulations.. right? We didn't eat all of the first round of food and I felt bad about wasting so much, the server told me they would reuse it... I didn't believe them, I thought they were kidding until I read this post. I know this restaurant has been around for a long time, and I know they don't need MY business... so I won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have only eaten there once, we ordered the family style... now I am completely grossed out to know that they serve food that has already been on someone eles' table. What if they coughed or sneezed on the food? OMG, I don't even want to think about it. There is no way this is acceptable per Health Inspection regulations.. right? We didn't eat all of the first round of food and I felt bad about wasting so much, the server told me they would reuse it... I didn't believe them, I thought they were kidding until I read this post. I know this restaurant has been around for a long time, and I know they don't need MY business... so I won't be back.

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Simply the best IN DURHAM NC...Bullocks is the best there is. Do yourself a favor, go here Ask for Ray or Ty, my personal friends............ALL EMPLOYEES are hard working people doing a GREAT job. I eat at 5 star resturants, this place is a 6 star... People, who make make ugly remarks are jelious.Trust me I can eat anywhere I choose..Check it out , see for yourself. It is the best there is. From Richard cooking to James, to big Ray or Ty or Mike, thay will make it right . Most times owner Tommy will be working the takeout window.Go Tommy.....\r\n\r\nI take my customers here, plus My family eats here all the time. O by the way, looking forward to Thanksgiving Dinner 2011.Bullocks bbq will cook all my thanksgiving dinner, we cook NOTHING... Thanks Tommy, Ty, Ray, Laura, Richard, James, BIG MIKE and Staff.. 2011. Bullocks is the BEST. mgb3 2011

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★★★★★

Simply the best IN DURHAM NC...Bullocks is the best there is. Do yourself a favor, go here Ask for Ray or Ty, my personal friends............ALL EMPLOYEES are hard working people doing a GREAT job. I eat at 5 star resturants, this place is a 6 star... People, who make make ugly remarks are jelious.Trust me I can eat anywhere I choose..Check it out , see for yourself. It is the best there is. From Richard cooking to James, to big Ray or Ty or Mike, thay will make it right . Most times owner Tommy will be working the takeout window.Go Tommy.....\r\n\r\nI take my customers here, plus My family eats here all the time. O by the way, looking forward to Thanksgiving Dinner 2011.Bullocks bbq will cook all my thanksgiving dinner, we cook NOTHING... Thanks Tommy, Ty, Ray, Laura, Richard, James, BIG MIKE and Staff.. 2011. Bullocks is the BEST. mgb3 2011

Pros: great food and staff plus LOTS of food.

Cons: There are none.

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Salmonella poisoning from cole slaw! beware

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Salmonella poisoning from cole slaw! beware

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everything that they send out to the family style meal...like brunswick stew, slaw, green beans...they reuse it...whatever is not eaten they put back in with the other food and reserve....it's nasty. they get rid of the good help...there were three girls that were young and were on top of things...they got rid of them and kept the people that are on drugs...don't show up or show up late and are high or hung over....and they are so slow when it comes to waiting on tables.

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★☆☆☆☆

everything that they send out to the family style meal...like brunswick stew, slaw, green beans...they reuse it...whatever is not eaten they put back in with the other food and reserve....it's nasty. they get rid of the good help...there were three girls that were young and were on top of things...they got rid of them and kept the people that are on drugs...don't show up or show up late and are high or hung over....and they are so slow when it comes to waiting on tables.

Pros: reuse food

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The food use to be so good! Lately, they are really fallling off. The staff is pleasant as always but the food just isn't up to parr like it use to be. The chicken is the only thing that is still holding the torch.

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★★★☆☆

The food use to be so good! Lately, they are really fallling off. The staff is pleasant as always but the food just isn't up to parr like it use to be. The chicken is the only thing that is still holding the torch.

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You don't go to Bullock's for the decor or if you want something fancy, you go for the home-y, delicious comfort food. Bullock's has the best BBQ I've found anywhere, and I eat a lot of BBQ! If you've never tried NC BBQ (instead of Texas or Memphis BBQ), you really should try it. It's not for everyone, but you really taste the actual meat instead of just the sauce and it can be fantastic if done right - like they do it at Bullock's and have been for many, many years! Bullock's also has great sides (the best are the hush puppies, another souther mainstay). Personally I think their greenbeans are over cooked, but I know a lot of people who like them like that and swear by them. Whenever I make it back to NC, Bullock's is the first place I go. It's truly a taste of home! Don't miss it!

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You don't go to Bullock's for the decor or if you want something fancy, you go for the home-y, delicious comfort food. Bullock's has the best BBQ I've found anywhere, and I eat a lot of BBQ! If you've never tried NC BBQ (instead of Texas or Memphis BBQ), you really should try it. It's not for everyone, but you really taste the actual meat instead of just the sauce and it can be fantastic if done right - like they do it at Bullock's and have been for many, many years! Bullock's also has great sides (the best are the hush puppies, another souther mainstay). Personally I think their greenbeans are over cooked, but I know a lot of people who like them like that and swear by them. Whenever I make it back to NC, Bullock's is the first place I go. It's truly a taste of home! Don't miss it!

Pros: the best BBQ anywhere, great sides, family-style servings

Cons: lackluster decor and long lines

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My favorite BBQ restaurant. I took Jamie & Bobby Deen there last week and they were delighted with the food, menu, Tommy's visit to our table.

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★★★★★

My favorite BBQ restaurant. I took Jamie & Bobby Deen there last week and they were delighted with the food, menu, Tommy's visit to our table.

Pros: Great Q & Stew, hushpuppies, long menu

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This BBQ is so good, my Mom had it shipped out to CO for my birthday !! It arrived frozen & in a styrafoam container .....in perfect condition. It is unusually good -- not like the BBQ smothered in ketchup-y sauce that I find here out west. Not only is the BBQ great -- but the Brunswick Stew is unbelievable! Sweet, salty, & tangy all at the same time -- the perfect combination! Yes....Mom sent some stew, too !!! Great Birthday!!

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★★★★★

This BBQ is so good, my Mom had it shipped out to CO for my birthday !! It arrived frozen & in a styrafoam container .....in perfect condition. It is unusually good -- not like the BBQ smothered in ketchup-y sauce that I find here out west. Not only is the BBQ great -- but the Brunswick Stew is unbelievable! Sweet, salty, & tangy all at the same time -- the perfect combination! Yes....Mom sent some stew, too !!! Great Birthday!!

Pros: They ship !!!!

Cons: There's no Bullock's in Colorado!

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Tonight I brought an out-of-town guest to Bullock's for his first taste of eastern NC BBQ. He ordered a BBQ plate with fries and slaw, I ordered a plate of cold boiled shrimp with baked potato and slaw. I cannot imagine an easier order. After waiting more than 35 minutes for our food to arrive, his fries were cold and had to be sent back, my baked potato was just barely baked long enough to eat, and I was served seven shrimp for my meal. That's right - seven. I have had more shrimp in a shrimp cocktail. When asked by the cashier how our meal was, we were honest. She did not apologize or offer any compensation. I will not be back. Ever.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tonight I brought an out-of-town guest to Bullock's for his first taste of eastern NC BBQ. He ordered a BBQ plate with fries and slaw, I ordered a plate of cold boiled shrimp with baked potato and slaw. I cannot imagine an easier order. After waiting more than 35 minutes for our food to arrive, his fries were cold and had to be sent back, my baked potato was just barely baked long enough to eat, and I was served seven shrimp for my meal. That's right - seven. I have had more shrimp in a shrimp cocktail. When asked by the cashier how our meal was, we were honest. She did not apologize or offer any compensation. I will not be back. Ever.

Pros: I'm not still there

Cons: Bad service, mediocre food, long wait

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Forgive me ...for I have wandered into the Valley of Temptation and BBQ ! I had lunch at a self-proclaimed BBQ joint at Crossroads in Cary!

It was Bland...it was Boring.... it was not Bullock's.

But ! I have been reborn and have committed to driving that extra distance... so that I may pleasure myself with Culinary Delights as they should be.

Amen

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★★★★★

Forgive me ...for I have wandered into the Valley of Temptation and BBQ ! I had lunch at a self-proclaimed BBQ joint at Crossroads in Cary!

It was Bland...it was Boring.... it was not Bullock's.

But ! I have been reborn and have committed to driving that extra distance... so that I may pleasure myself with Culinary Delights as they should be.

Amen

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Our family has taken to getting our food to go. 1.5 lbs of barbecue (sliced is our favorite), 3 pints of our favorite sides, and some of those amazing hushpuppies! We're out the door for around 27 bucks, but we usually get 8 meals out of it! I have a child with dietary issues also (gluten & dairy) and he's thrilled at how many different things he can eat there. Truly a Durham staple. Love it!

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★★★★☆

Our family has taken to getting our food to go. 1.5 lbs of barbecue (sliced is our favorite), 3 pints of our favorite sides, and some of those amazing hushpuppies! We're out the door for around 27 bucks, but we usually get 8 meals out of it! I have a child with dietary issues also (gluten & dairy) and he's thrilled at how many different things he can eat there. Truly a Durham staple. Love it!

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Although I went to college in Durham, I have lived in and/or visited many places...to name a few...San Fransico, Atlanta, Rochester (NY), Cincinnati and Europe (Spain, France and Italy). When I really want some ""pleasure food"", I don't think of the foods from Europe that I never learned to pronounce, but I look closer to home... Bullock's. When visiting my sister in Durham, I don't feel that my visit is complete unless I have had a taste of Bullock's Barbecue. The midwest and north make a good attempt at making ""southern barbeque"", but if you want the really good stuff, go to Bullock's. Since my sister is a regular visitor, she knows some of the staff. Our visits always seem like we are sitting in a relative's kitchen. It you want a big dose of southern charm with some really great food, go to Bullock's.

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★★★★★

Although I went to college in Durham, I have lived in and/or visited many places...to name a few...San Fransico, Atlanta, Rochester (NY), Cincinnati and Europe (Spain, France and Italy). When I really want some ""pleasure food"", I don't think of the foods from Europe that I never learned to pronounce, but I look closer to home... Bullock's. When visiting my sister in Durham, I don't feel that my visit is complete unless I have had a taste of Bullock's Barbecue. The midwest and north make a good attempt at making ""southern barbeque"", but if you want the really good stuff, go to Bullock's. Since my sister is a regular visitor, she knows some of the staff. Our visits always seem like we are sitting in a relative's kitchen. It you want a big dose of southern charm with some really great food, go to Bullock's.

Pros: Food is always good

Cons: Unless you arrive early, parking and getting seated may be a problem

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I have know the Bullock family for nearly 18 years and send many hours with them in their restaurant.I know of no one who shows the passion and dedication like this family does to feed and please the public.Running an independently owned family business against the larger chains in this day and time is extremely difficult.The Bullock family's survival is a testimate to their quality food,hard work and love for what they do.

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★★★★★

I have know the Bullock family for nearly 18 years and send many hours with them in their restaurant.I know of no one who shows the passion and dedication like this family does to feed and please the public.Running an independently owned family business against the larger chains in this day and time is extremely difficult.The Bullock family's survival is a testimate to their quality food,hard work and love for what they do.

Pros: quality home cooking at very reasonable prices.

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We planned ahead and arrived before the lines (5:15), but despite this it took 1:30 to get our food from our incompetent waitress who was flustered by the simple request for a check. Eating with 2 kids is never easy, but this long wait was unbearable, and for what? The food was nothing better than any of the other places in town and more expensive. Q-shack is a better all around experience. The woman at the cash register is clearly unhappy with life, as is every member of the wait staff as far as you can ather from the frowns all around. There is no reason to waste your time on this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We planned ahead and arrived before the lines (5:15), but despite this it took 1:30 to get our food from our incompetent waitress who was flustered by the simple request for a check. Eating with 2 kids is never easy, but this long wait was unbearable, and for what? The food was nothing better than any of the other places in town and more expensive. Q-shack is a better all around experience. The woman at the cash register is clearly unhappy with life, as is every member of the wait staff as far as you can ather from the frowns all around. There is no reason to waste your time on this place.

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If you are looking for some good BBQ you should try Bullocks! They have been around forever (that's because they are so good!). They have many sides to choose from to go with that BBQ plate!! The waitresses and super friendly! Excellent Prices!

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If you are looking for some good BBQ you should try Bullocks! They have been around forever (that's because they are so good!). They have many sides to choose from to go with that BBQ plate!! The waitresses and super friendly! Excellent Prices!

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No trip to Durham is without a visit to this temple of North Carolina barbecue. Fast for 24 hours and then bring your A-game as the friendly waitstaff at Bullock's serves up the best pulled pork, fried chicken and hush puppies your taste buds have ever encountered. Go with the family dining option when you are in a large group.

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★★★★★

No trip to Durham is without a visit to this temple of North Carolina barbecue. Fast for 24 hours and then bring your A-game as the friendly waitstaff at Bullock's serves up the best pulled pork, fried chicken and hush puppies your taste buds have ever encountered. Go with the family dining option when you are in a large group.

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Thanks to the kitchen staff, Bullocks is one of the best bbq resturants in the area. The chopped barbecue is excellent. The hushpuppies are made without onions; just the way I like them.

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★★★★☆

Thanks to the kitchen staff, Bullocks is one of the best bbq resturants in the area. The chopped barbecue is excellent. The hushpuppies are made without onions; just the way I like them.

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I've been eating at Tommy Bullcok's since I was a kid. The poster below has obviously signed in under several different names to unfairly bash this Durham landmark. Bullocks is a slice of Durham. A great example of ""down east"" style, vinegar based pork barbecue. The service is excellent and the people are friendly. People are lined up outside the door every day before the doors are even open. That should be enough of a clue that this place is special. \r\n

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I've been eating at Tommy Bullcok's since I was a kid. The poster below has obviously signed in under several different names to unfairly bash this Durham landmark. Bullocks is a slice of Durham. A great example of ""down east"" style, vinegar based pork barbecue. The service is excellent and the people are friendly. People are lined up outside the door every day before the doors are even open. That should be enough of a clue that this place is special. \r\n

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North Carolina style barbeque at its finest and much, much more. The ribs simply melt in your mouth. And of course there's chicken - every style - seafood, chops, burgers, you name it. The vegetables are cooked to perfection. (I think they are all fresh. They taste fresh if they're not.) We love everything about the place except the fact that they don't accept debit/credit cards - unheard of in 2008.

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★★★★★

North Carolina style barbeque at its finest and much, much more. The ribs simply melt in your mouth. And of course there's chicken - every style - seafood, chops, burgers, you name it. The vegetables are cooked to perfection. (I think they are all fresh. They taste fresh if they're not.) We love everything about the place except the fact that they don't accept debit/credit cards - unheard of in 2008.

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If you are on a low sodium diet, you had better eat somewhere else. The salt shaker flies freely here. The fried chicken is pretty good if it is fresh. I hear ""Old Man"" Bullock likes to hang out in the back cooler and dunk the older chicken in clorox in a 5-gallon bucket, so he doesn't have to throw it away. This is a known fact. Employees have caught him doing it. Hear that Durham Health Dept.?\r\n\r\nThe brunswick stew is to die for, some of the best I have ever had. The pulled B-B-Q can be a little too heavy on the vinegar some days, all in all it is pretty good though. The cole slaw is good. The green beans are excellent, but very salty. Beware, if you are on a restricted diet. The hush puppies are great. Not dry and they have just the right amount of sugar in them to make you want to make a meal out of them before your meal comes out.\r\n\r\nThe service is excellent. I have never had any problems with my service there and I have eaten there many times. The older lady that takes the money up front, seems like she can be a real witch sometimes, just what I have gathered with my dealings with her. But, she took my money everytime, minus a smile!\r\n\r\nI was on WRAL's website today, and it seems that Bullocks didn't make the survey list for the best barbeque in the eastern part of the state. I was not surprised to see Allen and Son on there, which is not too far down the road from Bullocks. Seems Bullocks was left off the list for Durham, but there were other barbeque restaurants in Durham, on this list. I wonder if the menu has something to do with it? Seems like Bullocks just isn't what it used to be, regardless of how many celebs have eaten there and gotten their pictures taken. Time for a change at Bullocks, out with the old and in with someone new. Maybe it is time for someone to step down and let the kids run things now, you think?

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★★★☆☆

If you are on a low sodium diet, you had better eat somewhere else. The salt shaker flies freely here. The fried chicken is pretty good if it is fresh. I hear ""Old Man"" Bullock likes to hang out in the back cooler and dunk the older chicken in clorox in a 5-gallon bucket, so he doesn't have to throw it away. This is a known fact. Employees have caught him doing it. Hear that Durham Health Dept.?\r\n\r\nThe brunswick stew is to die for, some of the best I have ever had. The pulled B-B-Q can be a little too heavy on the vinegar some days, all in all it is pretty good though. The cole slaw is good. The green beans are excellent, but very salty. Beware, if you are on a restricted diet. The hush puppies are great. Not dry and they have just the right amount of sugar in them to make you want to make a meal out of them before your meal comes out.\r\n\r\nThe service is excellent. I have never had any problems with my service there and I have eaten there many times. The older lady that takes the money up front, seems like she can be a real witch sometimes, just what I have gathered with my dealings with her. But, she took my money everytime, minus a smile!\r\n\r\nI was on WRAL's website today, and it seems that Bullocks didn't make the survey list for the best barbeque in the eastern part of the state. I was not surprised to see Allen and Son on there, which is not too far down the road from Bullocks. Seems Bullocks was left off the list for Durham, but there were other barbeque restaurants in Durham, on this list. I wonder if the menu has something to do with it? Seems like Bullocks just isn't what it used to be, regardless of how many celebs have eaten there and gotten their pictures taken. Time for a change at Bullocks, out with the old and in with someone new. Maybe it is time for someone to step down and let the kids run things now, you think?

Pros: Great service from the waitresses, even the gay dude!

Cons: Some of the food is just too salty, a menu revamp is needed.

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Bullocks was the ONLY place our family would eat BBQ for over 20 years but something is wrong and it needs to be fixed.... The service has gotten lousy, the BBQ has become so vinegary that it can take your breath (probably an effort to make it go further) and they are almost always out of chicken breasts and wings on the family style. We never minded standing in line when it was at it's peak but the last 5 times we have gone, it has become increasingly more disappointed. So, off to the chain of Smithfields BBQ and Chicken, who do still have consistently good food for the money.

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★★★☆☆

Bullocks was the ONLY place our family would eat BBQ for over 20 years but something is wrong and it needs to be fixed.... The service has gotten lousy, the BBQ has become so vinegary that it can take your breath (probably an effort to make it go further) and they are almost always out of chicken breasts and wings on the family style. We never minded standing in line when it was at it's peak but the last 5 times we have gone, it has become increasingly more disappointed. So, off to the chain of Smithfields BBQ and Chicken, who do still have consistently good food for the money.

Pros: Used to be the Best BBQ in the Triangle, What's happened????

Cons: Lousy service, no longer consistent in food , lines too long, do not take credit cards

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I've been eating at Bullocks for over 20 years and it for a long time was my family's standby ""in a hurry"" restaurant as we lived about 10 minutes away. The food was and is consistently delicious, no problems there. However, since I started college (in 1999), every time I go the service and atmosphere seems to be getting worse and worse. \r\n\r\nFirst, as someone who rarely carries much cash on hand, it's quite a hassle to only accept it at a restaurant that does such a high volume of business: they can afford a credit card machine and exchange fees. \r\n\r\nSecond, the staff are often flat-out rude. I have been there probably 5 times in the past seven years with groups of seven or more who all got the homestyle dinner at a flat price. Of these fives times, twice they have added our total incorrectly, once charging us for 13 dinners when we only had 10 people in our group, coming to around 35 dollars too much. It took (I am not hyperbolizing in the least) three of us explaining to numerous Bullock's staffers that they were counting wrong to appease them to the point of ""letting us slide"" (their words) with only paying for 10 dinners. \r\n\r\nThird, if you go at off times or order something other than BBQ, there's an almost 100% chance it will be served to you cold. And if you ask them for hot food, they will just microwave it, which I find unconscionable in a BBQ restaurant. I understand that it makes little sense to keep frying up chicken when you can leave it under a heat lamp, but at least leave it under a heat lamp! You might ask: how do I know they just microwave the food? Well, once I had some of their (excellent) beets as a side, which are cold anyways, and I got back my plate back and the beets were scorching hot. \r\n\r\nFourth, a good friend of mine is a masters student in folklore who was doing a project on the different ways eastern NC BBQ is cooked around this part of the state. Stamey's in Greensboro, very nice, Allen and Sons, very nice, Bullock's , mean at best.

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★★★☆☆

I've been eating at Bullocks for over 20 years and it for a long time was my family's standby ""in a hurry"" restaurant as we lived about 10 minutes away. The food was and is consistently delicious, no problems there. However, since I started college (in 1999), every time I go the service and atmosphere seems to be getting worse and worse. \r\n\r\nFirst, as someone who rarely carries much cash on hand, it's quite a hassle to only accept it at a restaurant that does such a high volume of business: they can afford a credit card machine and exchange fees. \r\n\r\nSecond, the staff are often flat-out rude. I have been there probably 5 times in the past seven years with groups of seven or more who all got the homestyle dinner at a flat price. Of these fives times, twice they have added our total incorrectly, once charging us for 13 dinners when we only had 10 people in our group, coming to around 35 dollars too much. It took (I am not hyperbolizing in the least) three of us explaining to numerous Bullock's staffers that they were counting wrong to appease them to the point of ""letting us slide"" (their words) with only paying for 10 dinners. \r\n\r\nThird, if you go at off times or order something other than BBQ, there's an almost 100% chance it will be served to you cold. And if you ask them for hot food, they will just microwave it, which I find unconscionable in a BBQ restaurant. I understand that it makes little sense to keep frying up chicken when you can leave it under a heat lamp, but at least leave it under a heat lamp! You might ask: how do I know they just microwave the food? Well, once I had some of their (excellent) beets as a side, which are cold anyways, and I got back my plate back and the beets were scorching hot. \r\n\r\nFourth, a good friend of mine is a masters student in folklore who was doing a project on the different ways eastern NC BBQ is cooked around this part of the state. Stamey's in Greensboro, very nice, Allen and Sons, very nice, Bullock's , mean at best.

Pros: Consistently good food

Cons: Rude service, Slow service, food sometimes served cold, long waits

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Bullocks has been there behind the Coca Cola plant on Hillsborough Rd for decades.

They make their barbeque on site to their recipe and have great southern sides like green beans, mashed potatoes and hush puppies.

All served with that traditional southern charm. Friday & Saturday nights usually have a line around the building waiting to get in (no reservations).

Also, see how many of the celebrities (movie stars, atheletes and politicians) pictured on the walls you know. They all have eaten here when they are in town for the Duke Children's Golf Classic.

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★★★★★

Bullocks has been there behind the Coca Cola plant on Hillsborough Rd for decades.

They make their barbeque on site to their recipe and have great southern sides like green beans, mashed potatoes and hush puppies.

All served with that traditional southern charm. Friday & Saturday nights usually have a line around the building waiting to get in (no reservations).

Also, see how many of the celebrities (movie stars, atheletes and politicians) pictured on the walls you know. They all have eaten here when they are in town for the Duke Children's Golf Classic.

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Great Food. Food was like my moma cooked it. Kids enjoyed the food. The service was out of this world.\r\nGreat price and great dining experience.

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★★★★★

Great Food. Food was like my moma cooked it. Kids enjoyed the food. The service was out of this world.\r\nGreat price and great dining experience.

Pros: Good Food Great Service

Cons: Thought is was going to more of a BBQ Joint not a Country Cooking

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I grew up in the land of sweet tomato-based sauce bbq, Kansas City. The first time my Carolina-born husband brought me here, I didn't have a very open mind about the vinegar pork. I urge those unfamiliar with Eastern Carolina bbq to try Bullock's! The chopped pork with the hot sauce is sooo good. I even eat the slaw on top of it to cut the heat of the sauce and add a tiny bit of crunch. I dislike coleslaw, but theirs is so finely chopped, that it acts more like a thick sauce or chutney. The hushpuppies are great with the honey butter and my in-laws swear by the Brunswick stew (I haven't really gotten into the stew.) If you're hungry, get a plate with a couple Southern sides (all are good.) Our service has always been cordial and prompt. The carry out is speedy and you can get large quantities. It is a great value! My hasband and I can eat there for under 10 dollars and be full to the brim.

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★★★★★

I grew up in the land of sweet tomato-based sauce bbq, Kansas City. The first time my Carolina-born husband brought me here, I didn't have a very open mind about the vinegar pork. I urge those unfamiliar with Eastern Carolina bbq to try Bullock's! The chopped pork with the hot sauce is sooo good. I even eat the slaw on top of it to cut the heat of the sauce and add a tiny bit of crunch. I dislike coleslaw, but theirs is so finely chopped, that it acts more like a thick sauce or chutney. The hushpuppies are great with the honey butter and my in-laws swear by the Brunswick stew (I haven't really gotten into the stew.) If you're hungry, get a plate with a couple Southern sides (all are good.) Our service has always been cordial and prompt. The carry out is speedy and you can get large quantities. It is a great value! My hasband and I can eat there for under 10 dollars and be full to the brim.

Pros: bbq, ""wall of fame,"" Southern sides and hospitality

Cons: ambience

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I ordered the chopped barbeque platter. The small portion (especially with a side and the hush puppies) was definitely enough for a lunch. The food was delicious and everyone in our group seemed to like it. A few hours later, several members of our party were feeling the lunch in their stomachs but I was fine. The restaurant is insanely huge so they can accommodate a lot of people. My only problem was the service. While our waitress was very nice, it took her ages to take our order and took a relatively long time to get the food. We spent nearly an hour and a half there which is too long for a work day lunch. It should have taken about twice that. But, overall, it was a good meal and I plan on going back.

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★★★★★

I ordered the chopped barbeque platter. The small portion (especially with a side and the hush puppies) was definitely enough for a lunch. The food was delicious and everyone in our group seemed to like it. A few hours later, several members of our party were feeling the lunch in their stomachs but I was fine. The restaurant is insanely huge so they can accommodate a lot of people. My only problem was the service. While our waitress was very nice, it took her ages to take our order and took a relatively long time to get the food. We spent nearly an hour and a half there which is too long for a work day lunch. It should have taken about twice that. But, overall, it was a good meal and I plan on going back.

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: Slow service

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Being from the midwest, I am more familiar with the Kansas City/Memphis style BBQ, not the vinegar based Eastern North Carolina style. So, when I found I'd be in the area, I did my research, and found what appeared to be the best examples of the style.\r\n\r\nI had a combination platter of chopped pork and Brunswick stew, with a side of grilled oysters and a bowl of cole slaw, and the standard hush puppies that Bullock's seems to serve with everything.\r\n\r\nThe hush puppies were tasty, butthey had a bit of a fishy taste. Maybe the oil was getting a little old, but to be fair, they were quite good. The pork was very tasty, if a bit mushy, and, though I was not accustomed to the vinegary taste, I could easily get used to it.\r\n \r\nI first tried it on it's own, and then with some of the on-table house sauce, a vinegar-spice concoction that packs a pretty good zip. Warning to those used to KC/Memphis style - it is quite vinegary, be sure you use it sparingly at first! \r\n\r\nThe Brunswick stew was delicious, and, although I've never had it before, I will be looking for lots of versions of how to make it, as close to Bullocks as possible, with one exception. SMOKE!\r\nSlaw was also tasty, and, although the sweetness level of southern sweet tea is higher than I'm used to, I have to admit it goes will with the food.\r\n\r\nMy only complaint is one that, from what I understand about the Durham area EPA regulations, there is not much that can be done to remedy. In my opinion, if it's cooked low (225-250) and slow, it's close to barbeque, but to be true Barbecue/barbeque/BBQ, however you spell it, requires wood smoke. Without the taste of hardwood smoke, you only have imitation Barbecue. I think the pork, and stew would have been much better, even though they were good, had they just had the extra flavor of some hickory and fruit smoke.\r\n\r\nStill great food at a great value !\r\n\r\nSlow oven cooked meat wilil never taste as good as meat slow cooked - Tasty but not real BBQ

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★★★★☆

Being from the midwest, I am more familiar with the Kansas City/Memphis style BBQ, not the vinegar based Eastern North Carolina style. So, when I found I'd be in the area, I did my research, and found what appeared to be the best examples of the style.\r\n\r\nI had a combination platter of chopped pork and Brunswick stew, with a side of grilled oysters and a bowl of cole slaw, and the standard hush puppies that Bullock's seems to serve with everything.\r\n\r\nThe hush puppies were tasty, butthey had a bit of a fishy taste. Maybe the oil was getting a little old, but to be fair, they were quite good. The pork was very tasty, if a bit mushy, and, though I was not accustomed to the vinegary taste, I could easily get used to it.\r\n \r\nI first tried it on it's own, and then with some of the on-table house sauce, a vinegar-spice concoction that packs a pretty good zip. Warning to those used to KC/Memphis style - it is quite vinegary, be sure you use it sparingly at first! \r\n\r\nThe Brunswick stew was delicious, and, although I've never had it before, I will be looking for lots of versions of how to make it, as close to Bullocks as possible, with one exception. SMOKE!\r\nSlaw was also tasty, and, although the sweetness level of southern sweet tea is higher than I'm used to, I have to admit it goes will with the food.\r\n\r\nMy only complaint is one that, from what I understand about the Durham area EPA regulations, there is not much that can be done to remedy. In my opinion, if it's cooked low (225-250) and slow, it's close to barbeque, but to be true Barbecue/barbeque/BBQ, however you spell it, requires wood smoke. Without the taste of hardwood smoke, you only have imitation Barbecue. I think the pork, and stew would have been much better, even though they were good, had they just had the extra flavor of some hickory and fruit smoke.\r\n\r\nStill great food at a great value !\r\n\r\nSlow oven cooked meat wilil never taste as good as meat slow cooked - Tasty but not real BBQ

Pros: Great Food - Freindly Service - Nice Atmosphere -

Cons: If it isn't smoked, it isn't true barbecue -

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Certainly one of the best choices for BBQ in the Triangle, and the best in Durham. Portions are large (not huge), prices are just right, service is quick and friendly, parking abundant. Certainly not a romantic or upscale place, but who cares?

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★★★★★

Certainly one of the best choices for BBQ in the Triangle, and the best in Durham. Portions are large (not huge), prices are just right, service is quick and friendly, parking abundant. Certainly not a romantic or upscale place, but who cares?

Pros: Great BBQ, easy parking, even long queues move quickly

Cons: None I can think of

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They not only have some of the best BBQ and brunswick stew but their fried chicken and veggies are outstanding as well.

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★★★★★

They not only have some of the best BBQ and brunswick stew but their fried chicken and veggies are outstanding as well.

Pros: excellent food, nice staff, just plain yummy

Cons: crowded, closed on mon

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With so many fakes out there today claiming to be ""true"" southern cooking, it's refreshing to visit Bullock's where it's all real. The green beans are cooked with bacon and the hush puppies have just a little sugar in them. The sweet tea is really sweet, like it's supposed to be and the macaroni & cheese is homemade and to die for. Desserts are yummy and the sliced barbecue is my favorite. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

With so many fakes out there today claiming to be ""true"" southern cooking, it's refreshing to visit Bullock's where it's all real. The green beans are cooked with bacon and the hush puppies have just a little sugar in them. The sweet tea is really sweet, like it's supposed to be and the macaroni & cheese is homemade and to die for. Desserts are yummy and the sliced barbecue is my favorite. Enjoy!

Pros: delicious food, quick service, endless hush puppies

Cons: long line @ peak time, ordinary setting, somewhat noisy

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Once in a while, I'll get a craving for Bullock's BBQ and nothing else will suffice. The chopped BBQ is traditional for this area and served in plentiful portions with down-home cooked side dishes and hush puppies. But, I have to say that fighting the crowds to eat inside surrounded by mediocre decor is not my idea of a good time. I would recommend calling your order in and picking it up - try the chopped BBQ, the brusnwick stew, the sweet tea and any of the veggies for a Southern treat.

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★★★★☆

Once in a while, I'll get a craving for Bullock's BBQ and nothing else will suffice. The chopped BBQ is traditional for this area and served in plentiful portions with down-home cooked side dishes and hush puppies. But, I have to say that fighting the crowds to eat inside surrounded by mediocre decor is not my idea of a good time. I would recommend calling your order in and picking it up - try the chopped BBQ, the brusnwick stew, the sweet tea and any of the veggies for a Southern treat.

Pros: great BBQ, tasty hush puppies

Cons: , long lines

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Bullock's Barbecue is one of the old southern type babecue places left in this area. I believe the restaurant gives everyone a since of the way people socialized with each other over a great meal. I have tried other barbecue places around the Triangle and no one can even come close to the authentic taste of Bullock's Southern Barbecue.

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★★★★★

Bullock's Barbecue is one of the old southern type babecue places left in this area. I believe the restaurant gives everyone a since of the way people socialized with each other over a great meal. I have tried other barbecue places around the Triangle and no one can even come close to the authentic taste of Bullock's Southern Barbecue.

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly

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The Q is average at best. The tea is quite good. Slaw is fair. Pups are good when not overcooked. The real reason to eat here is not the Q, but the other things on the menu. The fried chicken is excellent, as are most of the other meats and veggies you will find. Even the seafood is very good. There are many reasons to eat at Bullock's. Good Q is NOT one of them.

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★★★☆☆

The Q is average at best. The tea is quite good. Slaw is fair. Pups are good when not overcooked. The real reason to eat here is not the Q, but the other things on the menu. The fried chicken is excellent, as are most of the other meats and veggies you will find. Even the seafood is very good. There are many reasons to eat at Bullock's. Good Q is NOT one of them.

Pros: menu variety, tea, price

Cons: Pork, crowded

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Bullock's isn't bad-bad but to rate BBQ joints and not head into eastern NC is like avoiding the professional ranks. Wilbur's in Goldsboro, Bill's in Wilson, Parker's in Greenville, King's in Kinston, or Pete's in Ayden are all better than any BBQ restaurant in the Raleigh-Durham area. The parking lot at Wilbur's in Goldsboro is packed every Frday evening with people driving from Raleigh-Durham to the coast. That should tell you something.

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★★★☆☆

Bullock's isn't bad-bad but to rate BBQ joints and not head into eastern NC is like avoiding the professional ranks. Wilbur's in Goldsboro, Bill's in Wilson, Parker's in Greenville, King's in Kinston, or Pete's in Ayden are all better than any BBQ restaurant in the Raleigh-Durham area. The parking lot at Wilbur's in Goldsboro is packed every Frday evening with people driving from Raleigh-Durham to the coast. That should tell you something.

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Ever since I moved to the Raleigh area I had been told that I needed to go to Bullocks because they had the best barbecue in NC. I redently started working not far from them so I gave it a try. I was definitely disappointed. Not much flavor, texture was not good, cole slaw left much to be desired. I guess I was spoiled living in Wilmington adn having Jackson's Big Oak Barbecue right around the corner from me. Now that is the best barbecue in North Carlina.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ever since I moved to the Raleigh area I had been told that I needed to go to Bullocks because they had the best barbecue in NC. I redently started working not far from them so I gave it a try. I was definitely disappointed. Not much flavor, texture was not good, cole slaw left much to be desired. I guess I was spoiled living in Wilmington adn having Jackson's Big Oak Barbecue right around the corner from me. Now that is the best barbecue in North Carlina.

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When I go to Durham, NC I NEVER leave without bringing some Bullock's BBQ back with me! They are the BEST! All these Texans don't know BBQ until I bring them Bullocks. I prefer the sliced, but the chopped is just as good - don't forget those hush puppies! Talking about it makes me want to go back home and get some! Tommy Bullock is the BEST!

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★★★★★

When I go to Durham, NC I NEVER leave without bringing some Bullock's BBQ back with me! They are the BEST! All these Texans don't know BBQ until I bring them Bullocks. I prefer the sliced, but the chopped is just as good - don't forget those hush puppies! Talking about it makes me want to go back home and get some! Tommy Bullock is the BEST!

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food is good, but sometimes takes a long time to get in.

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★★★★☆

food is good, but sometimes takes a long time to get in.

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If you like the North Carolina vinegar based bbq, there is no better place to go than Bullock's in Durham. The food is awesome - I recommend the sliced bbq. \n\nService is sometimes slow on refilling drinks.\n\nNO CREDIT CARDS!!!\n\nHours are inconvenient - they close by 8pm.\n\nAtmosphere is casual, loud, and messy.

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★★★★★

If you like the North Carolina vinegar based bbq, there is no better place to go than Bullock's in Durham. The food is awesome - I recommend the sliced bbq. \n\nService is sometimes slow on refilling drinks.\n\nNO CREDIT CARDS!!!\n\nHours are inconvenient - they close by 8pm.\n\nAtmosphere is casual, loud, and messy.

Pros: TASTY, homecooked meal

Cons: no credit cards, busy, close by 8pm

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they had very good selections on their menue.The vegies and bbq were very good. We have only been there one time, recommended bay a doctor at Duke this past August.

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★★★★☆

they had very good selections on their menue.The vegies and bbq were very good. We have only been there one time, recommended bay a doctor at Duke this past August.

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i am from durham and have never been able to find food as good as bullocks has .when i lived in the mid west my family shipped bullocks bar b q to me. i live in greensboro nc now and still go to bullocks for their great bar b q. in fact i went to tthe lexington bar b q festival today and there was nothing there that could touch bullocks.i remember bullocks as one of my best childhood memorys

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★★★★★

i am from durham and have never been able to find food as good as bullocks has .when i lived in the mid west my family shipped bullocks bar b q to me. i live in greensboro nc now and still go to bullocks for their great bar b q. in fact i went to tthe lexington bar b q festival today and there was nothing there that could touch bullocks.i remember bullocks as one of my best childhood memorys

Pros: familiar staff, inexpensive, variety

Cons: lines

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I was introduced to Bullock's Barbecue while in college in the late 50's. This is the BBQ against which all others are measured. It is so good that the next best one is number 4. Pigs literally die to be served at Bullocks. If I am within 200 miles of Durham, I go to Bullocks.

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★★★★★

I was introduced to Bullock's Barbecue while in college in the late 50's. This is the BBQ against which all others are measured. It is so good that the next best one is number 4. Pigs literally die to be served at Bullocks. If I am within 200 miles of Durham, I go to Bullocks.

Pros: Always a line, Inexpensive, FOOD

Cons: Only one Bullocks

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Bulloks is the best BBQ in Durham. It has been for many years.But don't forget their fried chicken too. BBQ and fried chicken at bullocks makes you think for a split second you are in heaven ...not Durham.

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★★★★☆

Bulloks is the best BBQ in Durham. It has been for many years.But don't forget their fried chicken too. BBQ and fried chicken at bullocks makes you think for a split second you are in heaven ...not Durham.

Cons: very busy

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When you want some really good food, go to Bullocks!!! There is always a line out the door, but it is worth the wait........

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★★★★☆

When you want some really good food, go to Bullocks!!! There is always a line out the door, but it is worth the wait........

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I like Bullock's as a place to eat, but for bar-b-q. There are alot of places that service bar-b-q only that are alot btter than Bullock's.

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★★★☆☆

I like Bullock's as a place to eat, but for bar-b-q. There are alot of places that service bar-b-q only that are alot btter than Bullock's.

Pros: good food, great price, clean

Cons: The bar-b-q is not go, wait staff has an att, parking

 

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