Bunn’s Bar-B-Q

One of the best

Bunn’s is yet more proof that great restaurants are found in former filling stations. That’s what the building was before 1938, when it became a barbecue parlor. There’s still an old Texaco pump outside; and the place is decorated inside and out with vintage signs, ads, and ephemera. The atmosphere is vaguely like what Cracker Barrel aims to create; but in this case, it is real.

When you enter, you have a choice of sitting on a bench at a counter in a room to the left or at a table in a room to the right, in back. Whichever place you sit, service is lightning-fast. That’s because there is hardly any choice on the menu. What you eat is pork, with or without Brunswick stew, on a plate or sandwich, accompanied by tart, tangy cole slaw. The pork is chopped ultra fine, a mix of soft white meat from the inside of the roast laced with chewy brown shreds from its surface. It comes ever-so-lightly sauced with what the locals like: vinegar and spice; but if you want it moister or hotter, other sauces are provided on the counter and tables. Plates are topped with a square of thin, extremely luscious cornbread that has a serious chew and is the ideal medium for pushing around Brunswick stew on the plate.

If you don’t fill up on barbecue – you should, you should! – Bunn’s has a huge selection of silly packaged cakes, cookies, and honey buns near the cash register.

What to Eat
Bunn’s Bar-B-Q, BBQ Plate
BBQ Plate
A beautiful sight: Bunn's Bar-B-Q plate, set out on the counter and ready to eat. That Brunswick stew on the left is extraordinarily rich in flavor; the cole slaw at back has zing; and the cornbread square is appealingly chewy.
Bunn’s Bar-B-Q, Sauce
Sauce in Eastern North Carolina packs vinegar-pepper punch and is the consistency of a marinade rather than thick tomato sauce.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday9:30am - 2pm
Thursday9:30am - 5pm
Friday9:30am - 5pm
Saturday9:30am - 2pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 324 MILES | 5 hr 21 min

No matter how delicious it may be, cole slaw always plays second fiddle. When visiting barbecue parlors in North Carolina, the curious eater will encounter a handful of slaws that test that rule. Not that they overshadow the pork they accompany, but they can be truly memorable. We wouldn't expect anyone to tour the Tarheel…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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