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Parker's

2514 US Highway 301S, Wilson, NC - (252) 237-0972
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/10/2012 7:08:00 AM
Parker's is a Panavision-wide restaurant with multiple dining rooms where customers crowd the lined-up tables for great platters of chopped pork accompanied by hushpuppies, boiled potatoes, corn sticks, and cole slaw. Cooked and chopped each day, the pork is lusciously moist and tender but laced with crunchy shreds from the outside of the shoulder from which it has been cut. There is scarcely any sauce on it at all, just a hint of vinegar and peppers to accentuate the wood-smoke savor. If you need to doll it up, tables are set with plain vinegar and a hot sauce that has a vinegar base.

Meals are sold by the plate or family-style to groups who want seconds and thirds -- under $10 per person for all you can eat barbecue, 2 pieces of fried chicken per customer, and all the fixins.

The restaurant is popular among locals as well as travelers along nearby I-95, and it always seems hugely busy. It's quite a trip maneuvering to and from a table as waiters zoom past toting platters piled high with food.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Large Chicken Dinner
Hushpuppies
Large BBQ Dinner
Brunswick Stew
Sweet Tea
Corn Sticks
Chicken Livers
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Excellent chopped pork ... sided by hearty Brunswick stew and boiled potatoes. The latter are a favored BBQ side dish hereabouts.
"Excellent chopped pork ... sided by hearty Brunswick stew and boiled potatoes. The latter are a favored BBQ side dish hereabouts."
Michael Stern





Fried chicken livers are a food that most people either love or hate. If you are in the former category, you will like these: big, crusty, and radiant with organ-meat savor.
"Fried chicken livers are a food that most people either love or hate. If you are in the former category, you will like these: big, crusty, and radiant with organ-meat savor."
Michael Stern


If you order Parker's first-rate sweet tea, you will get an entire pitcher.
"If you order Parker's first-rate sweet tea, you will get an entire pitcher."
Cliff Strutz


On the side of our barbecue plate came these tubular hushpuppies and corn sticks. Good for crunching while dining on BBQ and Brunswick stew.
"On the side of our barbecue plate came these tubular hushpuppies and corn sticks. Good for crunching while dining on BBQ and Brunswick stew."
Michael Stern


Cole Slaw is a vital ingredient of BBQ meals in eastern North Carolina. Parker's is bright and refreshing, the way it ought to be.
"Cole Slaw is a vital ingredient of BBQ meals in eastern North Carolina. Parker's is bright and refreshing, the way it ought to be."
Michael Stern


Sauce is not a big deal on this style of barbecue, but if you want to add a little spice to your meat, Parker's does provide a couple of choices: a peppery brew and straight vinegar.
"Sauce is not a big deal on this style of barbecue, but if you want to add a little spice to your meat, Parker's does provide a couple of choices: a peppery brew and straight vinegar."
Michael Stern


Parker's serves an all-you-can-eat meal that includes their amazing fried chicken, chopped bbq, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, brunswick stew, corn sticks, and hush puppies.
"Parker's serves an all-you-can-eat meal that includes their amazing fried chicken, chopped bbq, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, brunswick stew, corn sticks, and hush puppies."
Matthew Sadler


Parker's is a huge place, its tables lined up for serious BBQ eating.
"Parker's is a huge place, its tables lined up for serious BBQ eating."
Michael Stern


Opened in 1946, Parker's has become a favorite restaurant among locals; and since the interstate was built, a beacon for travelers in search of local food.
"Opened in 1946, Parker's has become a favorite restaurant among locals; and since the interstate was built, a beacon for travelers in search of local food."
Michael Stern


Since Parker's can get extremely busy, you can pick up take-out behind the building.
"Since Parker's can get extremely busy, you can pick up take-out behind the building."
Cliff Strutz



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