Raleigh >Food & Dining > Ole Time Barbecue
6309 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760635.787932 -78.738788
MON TO THURS 6AM TO 8PM FRI AND SAT. 6AM TO 9PM
Tasty food, fair prices. The menu isn't extensive but they do everything on it right. The owners give heavily to charitable causes, so that's a plus in my book, too. I only know the Raleigh location and you might want to carry out instead of eat in because the place is really small.
Nice, friendly and good ole food – I have to say the experience my family and I have had there was extremely good. The food was freshly cooked and the baked macaroni was very tasty. The fried chicken was that good as my mother's. I like that it's servicing is done is a very friendly manner. My young child is able to color and be occupied while the food isn't yet served. BBQ is awesome (Pork) The BBQ sauce is really good. The food is enough on the plate to take leftovers home. It s a constant check to see if there is anything else we need. The customer service is so good, you can tell that it's pride in catering to others that need to have a great experience but also good food to eat.
Over all I will and have recommended this small but cute restaurant to friends and co-workers.
Con: Air Conditioner is very much needed during the hot summer days. .
I can find better Barbecue in New York – I have to say, I have been extremely disappointed in my barbecue experience in Raliegh, supposedly one of the capitals of american barbecue. My visit to Ole Time has only added to this dilemma. When we pulled up I thought "Finally a real barbecue joint." It had the look and feel of an original. Although on a day when it was 100 degrees outside, it was the same inside. No air conditioning. So what! we stayed anyway thinking it will add to a true Carolina Barbecue experience. Unfortunately the food did not live up the look. We ordered the ribs, no smoke flavor what so ever, seemed boiled first and where's the smoke ring? Fried Chicken, extremely soggy and greasy, inedible. Chopped Pork, good flavor mostly due to the excellent barcecue sauce, once again missing the elusive smokey flavor. The sides went from exceptional, collard greens & mac&cheese to horrible mashed potato, they had to come out of a box & mushy green beens. I found the service fun, if not fast. Then again I am from NYC. It is a shame, it seems if they put just a little more time into the smoking of their meats it can be a wonderful place. The barbecue sauce was good.
Best BBQ in Raleigh Area – BBQ restaurants aren't always about "best customer service", they are about great BBQ and southern charm. This somewhat hole in the wall restaurant has great BBQ and some of the best bbq sauce to go around. I prefer the spicy sauce the best and I always leave with a bottle for the house. Try it and it will become one of your favorite spots in Raleigh. I see a few negative comments on here, but very few, for a restaurant, thats not bad at all.
Avoid!!! – Had the most terrible experience at this place, the food, was warmed over, to the down right offensive service.How so many have had enjoyable occasion is besides me...I know I'm not the first to be verbally assaulted by management after inquiring with others. Why would one bother.
Great Food,Wonderful Service and Friendly employees – I eat at the location in Garner today for the first time for lunch and it was wonderful. Such very nice folks that work there. The food was very very good and not expensive at all. Mr. Jerry the owner come by to speak and see how things were going, such a nice gentleman. Some of the best barbecue Ive ever put in my mouth and the best hushpuppies Ive eaten anywhere!
Great food and service reasonably priced – Our family of four visited Ole Time in Garner saturday night about 7pm. we walked into 70 girl soccer players and parents. My wife said "we need to go somewhere else tonight, they are too crowded" as soon as she said that the owner Jerry Hart came over to us and said "no problem I'll get you served quickly" and he did. We have NEVER been anywhere that the service and food was to compair to this. Haley one of Jerry's wait staff came over got our beverage orders and brought a basket of hot melt in your mouth hushpuppies and a giant box of crayons and paper for the kids. We were pleased they have a very inexpense kids menu like $3.95 drink included. Now for the fun part our food arrived in less than 10 min. hot fresh and I could swear my mom was in the kitchen. during our meal Jerry and Haley came to check on us, I haven't seen my kids eat so much in a while. Now is the hard part, Jerry came over with a tray of about 6 homemade desserts. I can't tell you about the desserts we were full of bbq,fried chicken,green beans and the best apple sticks I have ever had. I'll tell you if you don't give them a try you are just plan foolish. Good luck and we will see you soon.
Great Pig,Great Sauce,Staff Like Family,Atmosphere Like Home – Ole Time BBQ knows how to flavor a pig, by not masking the taste with heavy sauces. Simply put, pork tastes good and only needs the right tender care to bring out the best flavor. These guys know how to bring out the flavor by slow cooking, light seasoning and and providing a unique dining experience every time you visit.
The hot sauce is a family recipe that is like no other I've ever tasted and brings the right amount of heat, which is great cause then you get to chug the delicious sweet tea right after those heaping bites of goodness.
Why should I look anywhere else? – Our family has many good restaurants to choose from in the Triangle area. Finding a place to eat that has good homestyle cooked meals are few and far between. OTB has been a place for us to relax while enjoying the food and company. Some of our favorite meals have been the chicken pastry, hamburgers, meatloaf, BBQ chicken and of course BBQ pork. Our youngest son loves the plate sized pancakes and sausage! The service is consistently quick and friendly. Jerry always has a joke or two to make you laugh! So stop by, order up, relax and enjoy some good ole BBQ.
What Has Happened With This Place? – What has happened to this place?? After reading the rave reviews, we ventured the 34 mile drive looking forward to a great quaint BBQ joint at the Hillsborough Road spot. We tried to get there early fearing a Sat. evening big crowd at supper and when we arrived at 4:30 we knew we had beat the crowds. Since we were the only ones seated, service was immediate with a snack basket of hush puppies to munch on while the food was being prepared. Opps, did I say munch? The hush puppies were clearly ones left over from an earlier batch that were nuked for 10-15 seconds and brought out to us. They were barely warm, tough, and chewy....not hot, crisp and steamy when you bite into them. Great BBQ joints always serve up crisp, hot, melt in your mouth hush puppies but these were horrible. About two minutes later the food came out. While the portions are generous, the Que as well was barely warm. No sound from the kitchen at all of any Que being chopped fresh at anytime. Luke warm Que tends to be greasy and lump together since the fats aren't hot enuff to be solvent to make the meat flavorful and moist. My wife and I just looked at each other feeling sorry for this place and the potential that it is missing. It is a small typical old timey Que joint that if some attention to serving up hot fresh food were given could be the place of my dreams. My wife thought the BBQ beans to be very good and I liked the slaw and the iced tea was great. But in the world of memorable Que, luke warm chewy hush puppies and lumpy luke warm BBQ is an insult to anyone making the effort to make a special trip to this place. Don't waste your time. Maybe though try lunch when they are busy and fix fresh hush puppies and chop fresh Que for the crowd....if they have crowds. So sad, it really is.
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