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The Pit

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options

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Menu

APPETIZERS
$4.99
Pumpkin Corn Bread
With maple butter
$4.99
Crispy Pork Rinds
Local pork rinds tossed with house-made BBQ spice
$7.99
Jowl Bacon Bruschetta
Crispy jowl bacon, spinach, caramelized red onion & goat cheese over toasted baguette
$6.99
Fried Pimento Cheese
Served with a spicy pepper jelly
$8.99
Barbecue Soul Rolls
Chopped pork BBQ, collards and candied carrots served with Oak Island sauce and pepper jelly
$5.99
Southern-Style Deviled Eggs
Pickle relish & smoked paprika
$6.99
Fried Green Tomatoes
Served with goat cheese & red pepper vinaigrette
$8.99
Barbecue Nachos
Topped with Eastern North Carolina chopped barbecue, BBQ beans, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream & jalapeños
$8.99
Smoked Chicken Wings
With bleu cheese dressing
$14.99
The Sampler
BBQ Soul Rolls, Jowl Bacon Bruschetta, Southern-Style Deviled Eggs & Fried Pimento Cheese
SALADS
$12.99
House Salad with Eastern Chopped BBQ
Cucumbers, tomatoes, house-made croutons, julienned carrots and leafy lettuce with your choice of dressing
$12.99
Wedge Salad
Tomatoes, red onion, jowl bacon, and gorgonzola over iceberg lettuce, tossed in a creamy bleu cheese dressing
$12.99
Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken
Fresh spinach, jowl bacon, roasted peppers, red onions & gorgonzola tossed in a bacon-sherry vinaigrette
$12.99
Grilled Romaine Salad
Grilled romaine head with onions, tomatoes, and Asiago Cheese
BRUNSWICK STEW
Bowl $5.99
Brunswick Stew
Originally a Virginia invention, savory Brunswick Stew has traditionally accompanied barbecue in North Carolina for 150 years. Our authentic version connotes family, community & celebration
OUR FAMOUS PLATES
Served with a choice of two sides
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA STYLE, WHOLE-HOG BARBECUE
$9.99
Chopped
Pit-cooked and seasoned with a spicy vinegar tang
$9.99
Pulled Pork
Seasoned only with salt, ready for you to sauce
"LEXINGTON-STYLE," PORK SHOULDER BARBECUE
Milder and Slightly Sweeter
$9.99
Coarse-Chopped "Outside Brown"
Sauced with a light Lexington "Dip" (when available)
MAIN
Substitute ribs in your Double Combo $3.99
Quarter (2pc) $8.99
Half (4pc) $10.99
The Pit's Southern Fried Chicken
The best in town.
Quarter (2pc) $7.99
Half (4pc) $9.99
The Pit's Barbecued Chicken
Pit cooked
$9.99
Chopped BBQ Turkey
The other, other white meat
$11.99
Fried Catfish
Served with your choice of tartar or spicy remoulade sauce and two sides
$11.99
Beef Brisket
Slow cooked and tender
Half Rack $15.99
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Cooked for hours but eaten in minutes
Half Rack $15.99
Smoked Carolina Style Ribs
More bone, more flavor!
$7.99
Veggie Plate
Choose any four of our sides
$8.99
BBQ Soy Nuggets
Seasoned and grilled, topped with our famous sauce and served with grilled vegetables
$12.99
Double Combo
Your choice of chopped, pulled, Lexington outside brown, chopped turkey, brisket, or fried/barbecued chicken
SANDWICHES
Served with your choice of fries or any side
$8.99
Chopped Barbecue
Eastern North Carolina style, served with creamy coleslaw
$12.99
The Pit Bacon Cheeseburger^
House-ground beef, crispy onions, jowl bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and Western BBQ sauce on an artisan roll
$8.99
The Best BLT
House-made bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato with pimento cheese and herb mayonnaise on toasted sourdough
$8.99
Fried Catfish Sandwich
Served on seeded potato roll with lettuce, tomato, crispy onions and a spicy remoulade
SIDES
$2.99
Sweet Potato Fries
Hand-Cut Fries
Black-Eyed Peas
BBQ Baked Beans
Collard Greens
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Veggie of the Day
Fried Okra
Mac & Cheese
Slaw
PRICE RANGE
US$ 20 - US$ 30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
FEATURES
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we were blown away by their Thanksgiving meal but this visit was even better. The food was very good and the service was pretty good. I think our waiter was fairly new so he wasn't quite up to speed...beer orders took quite a while to...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Whateveryousaydear03
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a saturated area for BBQ, The Pit is decent and worth a visit. Staff was exceedingly friendly (shoutout to Terry) and the atmosphere was relaxed and congenial. The standouts were the baby back ribs (out of control), hush puppies/biscuits (free!), fried okra, and the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Neil_Yeung
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here when we arrived in town before the UNC mens basketball game. The pulled pork was pretty good, not the best bbq but good. My friend did not care for the brisket - said it was fatty. The hush puppies were awesome tho!!!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank foodfancierEastCoast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to meet a group of people and have BBQ and beer. The meat I got was very good with good sides.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank draupnirg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, North Carolina ribs yummmmmm! Wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable service. Loved the coleslaw and hush puppies out of this world.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank travelertampa1
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

Attended with a coworker at 6 PM without reservations on a Saturday night. We requested to sit at one of the 5 high tops available near the bar. The hostess refused to let us sit there in case on of the reservations wanted to (the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Justin G
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

Our first time there and we enjoyed it with a few short comings. Best food is the bbq meats as they are tender and succulent. Collard greens and green bean sides were good. Coleslaw was average and the mac and cheese was below average. Grilled...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Stallone1
Reviewed 28 November 2018

We had a group of 14 here on a Friday night. The staff was very helpful in advance as we planned our visit to make sure they could accommodate our group. They were all set up for us when we arrived and quickly took drink...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank gale6011
Reviewed 22 November 2018

This was our first visit to Durham. We wanted a restaurant with atmosphere & charm, good NC BBQ and local craft beer. After a bit of internet research, we picked “The Pit”. We chose wisely. Funky old building that’s been beautifully renovated, outstanding choices of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PhyllisY_12
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

I had got tired of BBQ, but this place made me believe in BBQ again. We went there for lunch, outdoor patio was quiet even though on street. We did the “sharing” option and they brought meat in what seemed to be small portions. Each...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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