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Howard's Barbecue

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100 S Main St, Lillington, NC 27546-8968
+1 910-893-4571
10:30 - 20:30
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Chapel Hill, NC
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a trip up towards Raleigh this weekend, my mother said she wanted some eastern NC barbecue. Howard's was on our way home so I selected it. Both of my parents were very pleased with their menu and with their meals. Mother had her barbecue and Dad had fired shrimp. The portions were generous and they also enjoyed their sides... More 

RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review about your dining experience. We certainly are glad you and your folks enjoyed the food. Jenny will be so happy to hear that you were satisfied with her table service too! We hope you make it back our way again soon! -Megan More 

Washington DC
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Everytime I come here, and I mean everytime...the hush puppies always come out hot and fresh. The BBQ is NC style, served dry with vinegar on the table and it is spiced just right. The same lady is always manning the register just inside the door and she is just the sweetest. She'll gladly sell you some of Howard's BBQ... More 

1 Thank Bobby980
Clayton, North Carolina
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

First visit- won't be back. Food seemed overpriced for the atmosphere. Not very tasty. Best thing was the hush puppies. We ordered both seafood and barbecue. The final straw was when we got the bill and saw they charged us for a glass of water.

1 Thank Beth B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Not only do the have fabulous food but they are above and beyond caterers. If you are looking for a true southern meal you must visit Howard's!

Thank Laura N
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I have family in Lillington, and every time I visit, we make a point of stopping at Howard's. The food has been consistently good for many years. I particularly enjoy the pulled pork.

Thank bdwinters5
Lillington, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Always enjoy a good BBQ Sandwich from Howard's. Nice view by the Cape Fear River. Service is always good. Family owned and operated.

Thank wizakid
Bunnlevel, North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Howard's is a good BBQ and seafood restaurant. My brother loves the BBQ ribs especially. Great service and good prices.

Thank Penny J
Lillington, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Good food good service reasonable price. Good BBQ chicken and boiled shrimp. Catfish is really good. Veggies are seasoned Southern. Hush puppies melt in your mouth.

Thank Dianne J
Dunn, North Carolina
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193 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

We went for dinner. I had the small flounder plate with salad and fries. My hubby had the seafood combo with oysters and flounder along cabbage and black eyed peas. Had hush puppies with the meal. All was delicious. Total cost with 2 drinks was $35.00.

Thank sensgirl67
Angier, North Carolina
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

There's lots of good barbecue around here, but Howard's has good *everything*. I haven't ever eaten anything there that wasn't absolutely delicious! I respect their decision to be closed on Sundays, but man... sometimes I really crave their food for Sunday dinner, lol! They also usually have great specials on different plates/entrees. Their sweet sauce is glorious... I'm addicted to... More 

Thank JuaniVel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 30
American, Barbecue, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Main St, Lillington, NC 27546-8968
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Lillington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-893-4571

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?