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US$20 - US$30
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American, Barbecue
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Reviewed 18 July 2021 via mobile

I’m pretty sure this was the worst BBQ I’ve ever had. Our group had beef brisket (which was tough and seemed reheated), BBQ chicken and sides. They were all terrible, and the place smelled disgusting. I wish we hadn’t wasted our time and money.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 11 February 2021

Staff are very friendly and helpful! Huge portions and the best fries ever! Hidden gem for sure! Thank you!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 20 February 2020 via mobile

I visited as part of a group of 14 and was glad to having heard good things about The Pit. Also this was my first true American BBQ experience being from the UK (I’ve had plenty elsewhere of course). As a group we started with...the sharing platter which was good although slightly bizarre to see the inclusion of a 1970’s devilled eggs recipe. An intermediate course then turned up with “biscuits” (think salty plain scones) and some miniature flied dumpling type things (which were tasty - I didn’t catch the name). After this the main course turned up, I chose pulled pork, and went with the local recipe version which whilst extremely moist, tasted mostly of vinegar. It was ok but I can’t say I enjoyed it either and felt slightly underwhelmed by the whole experience. An Uber driver later said having the local recipe bbq was a big mistake and I sadly have to agree as it was unlike anything I’ve eaten before. Overall I won’t hurry to go back but I wouldn’t avoid either. BBQ in the UK tends to have thicker, darker and sweater sauces so it’s all about what you are used to. Prices seem a little expensive to me also.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 16 February 2020

I enjoyed my half-slab of Carolina ribs at the Pit with my family, The waiter explained the options of the three homemade BBQ sauces on the table - covering the favorites of different regions of NC - I tried all 3 on my ribs and...all were good. Entries come with two sides and I picked the collards and a cup of Brunswick Stew. I asked for chopped onions on my collards and to be brought some vinegar. To my surprise, a different waiter came to tell me they only have whole onions and no vinegar. What? Where I grew up in the South it was common to top greens, and beans and chili for that matter, with chopped onions. I started to tell him to bring me the onion and a knife, but I just shook my head. I found the collards too salty any and left most of them. The soup was good tho and the hush puppies and biscuits served to the table pleased us all. My daughter got chopped BBQ, sweet potato fries, and slaw. My son-in-law ordered the "double" (triples were also available) which meant 2, or 3, of the entrees. He got fried chicken and brisket. I couldn't believe that he ate it all. Service was a bit slow but we were talking and drinking our local beers (a number on tap), so it wasn't an issue. I found the food here pricey, especially compared to another joint in Durham, Bullochs, where you can get chopped onions on anything, as well as vinegar.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

I took pictures of my food, ready to make my relatives jealous of my visit to the famous The Pit in Durham. Between the four of us we had cat fish, pulled pork, ribs, and brisket. The cat fish was the only good protein. The...pulled pork was worse than any Ive had in years of school fund raisers. The brisket was dry. The ribs were the worst I've ever had. More like thin jerky on bones. My husband sent his back and got a replacement serving of flavorless pulled pork. The rest of us didn't bother. So embarrassing as we were treating people to something reported to be amazing. Decent service, good ambiance. But really, the food was utterly sub par. A waste of $140More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 6 February 2020

We ordered cornbread, one plate of chopped barbecue, one plate of sliced Lexington style barbecue and sides of broccoli salad and french fries. The cornbread arrived in a small cast iron pan, flat as a pancake and way too dark. Anyone who cared the least...bit about the food they were serving would have been able to tell that something was wrong with cornbread that looked more like a ginger cookie, and would not have served it. The broccoli salad was swimming in dressing. I guess that was intended to cover up that the broccoli was old and therefore rubbery. The order for sliced lexington barbecue came out as pulled pork, which was tasteless and had a strange texture, like it had sat in water for a time.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 25 January 2020 via mobile

Excellent food. We attended a party so had the opportunity to try the pulled pork, brisket and chicken. All had unique flavor and very tasty. So glad I didn't have to choose just one.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 20 January 2020 via mobile

I stopped here for lunch on a business trip, this was my first experience of NC BBQ and I really enjoyed it. The flavor was more vinegar and less sugary sweet and that really appealed to me. Corn bread was delicious. The ambience was nice...and the wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately I was just passing through or I’d be back sooner rather than later.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 4 January 2020

We visited right after New Years so probably a pretty dead time in Durham. But it was really nothing special. From the initial greeting to the service to the food, everything was pretty average. Maybe locals really like it but as a tourist, this is...really a yawner. The menu is pretty simple and understated and considering their story, they really should do a better job marketing the Pit on their menu. No real explanation on the menu about what they do with the meats, etc. I was very excited to go as I had seen videos on how they cook the whole hog but really, the meat just comes out like any other dinner. Not much in the presentation and food is OK but honestly, I have had better brisket in other places. I would pass if I was a tourist and expected a highlight experience.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 3 January 2020 via mobile

Tasty food, big portions, nice environment. Chopped pork was maybe a bit on the vinegary side, but still tasty

Date of visit: December 2019
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The Pit is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4