Durham >Food & Dining > Bullock's Bar B Cue
3330 Quebec Dr, Durham, NC | Directions 27705-302936.019856 -78.944885
Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Watts Hospital-Hillandale
Bullock's Bar B Cue Inc – Permit me to preface this review by letting you know that I'm not knocking the quality of the food or the service, (although our waitress DID allow us to run out of hush puppies and run very low on beverages).
What I AM complaining about was the disruptive and seemingly oblivious family that was seated in the adjoining booth. A father, a mother, two girls in their pre-teens, and a totally loud and disruptive toddler seated at the end of their table in a high chair. Several times during our meal this child was overly loud and just about every time either the mother or the father would lamely utter some, less than convincing, admonition to be quite and to not be disruptive again. There was even a couple of times that the mom started counting.....1.....2.....3, like that was really going to put the fear into this already unruly and disruptive munchkin. The only time that I was FINALLY able to enjoy the remainder of my meal was after their much appreciated departure. As we were paying our tab, the woman at the register asked us if "everything" was OK. I told her that the food was OK but that we were unable to fully enjoy our meal due to the disruptive nature of the family seated in the adjoining booth whereupon she chimed in that she too had heard this child being disruptive. She sympathetically looked at me and my sweetie and rather offer any sort of compensation on the tab or a NEXT visit.....she offered us some free York Peppermint Patties as compensation. Well.....what should I have expected; it's Bullock's and apparently they don't "really" need our patronage, but regardless, we'll more than likely be back because the food IS good and the prices aren't a rip-off. Atmosphere=1 star: Prices=2 stars: Service=3 stars: Food=3&1/2 stars (maybe four if their hush puppies were better flavored).
Not what I'd hoped for in Southern Cooking – I was lured to Bullock's by the CitySearch ratings, but can't concur with the high marks given by previous reviewers. The chicken livers were OK, but the sides were mediocre at best. Fried okra and green beans were forgettable. Hush puppies were great. Service was adequate, but you'd never accuse them of being friendly. We'll give them another chance.
Outstanding Customer Service – These folks are good! Especially Tommy Bullock, the owner/manager. I recently made a special order by phone from the Richmond area. First, my call was personally returned within 24 hours by Tommy. I explained I would be in Durham, NC for only a few hours and wanted my order ready by 5 PM. Even though the order was a special order and not on the menu, it was waiting for me when I arrived. The place was packed with customers! It was a Friday, yet my order was executed perfectly. Thanks again Tommy for a job well done!
Super Sides! – The main offerings are top notch, of couse, but we find that most of the side dishes are really super delicious.
They reuse food?? – I have only eaten there once, we ordered the family style... now I am completely grossed out to know that they serve food that has already been on someone eles' table. What if they coughed or sneezed on the food? OMG, I don't even want to think about it. There is no way this is acceptable per Health Inspection regulations.. right? We didn't eat all of the first round of food and I felt bad about wasting so much, the server told me they would reuse it... I didn't believe them, I thought they were kidding until I read this post. I know this restaurant has been around for a long time, and I know they don't need MY business... so I won't be back.
The best there is, in DURHAM – Simply the best IN DURHAM NC...Bullocks is the best there is. Do yourself a favor, go here Ask for Ray or Ty, my personal friends............ALL EMPLOYEES are hard working people doing a GREAT job. I eat at 5 star resturants, this place is a 6 star... People, who make make ugly remarks are jelious.Trust me I can eat anywhere I choose..Check it out , see for yourself. It is the best there is. From Richard cooking to James, to big Ray or Ty or Mike, thay will make it right . Most times owner Tommy will be working the takeout window.Go Tommy.....
I take my customers here, plus My family eats here all the time. O by the way, looking forward to Thanksgiving Dinner 2011.Bullocks bbq will cook all my thanksgiving dinner, we cook NOTHING... Thanks Tommy, Ty, Ray, Laura, Richard, James, BIG MIKE and Staff.. 2011. Bullocks is the BEST. mgb3 2011
FOOD POISONING!! – Salmonella poisoning from cole slaw! beware
they reuse food – everything that they send out to the family style meal...like brunswick stew, slaw, green beans...they reuse it...whatever is not eaten they put back in with the other food and reserve....it's nasty. they get rid of the good help...there were three girls that were young and were on top of things...they got rid of them and kept the people that are on drugs...don't show up or show up late and are high or hung over....and they are so slow when it comes to waiting on tables.
The Thing I Miss Most About the South – You don't go to Bullock's for the decor or if you want something fancy, you go for the home-y, delicious comfort food. Bullock's has the best BBQ I've found anywhere, and I eat a lot of BBQ! If you've never tried NC BBQ (instead of Texas or Memphis BBQ), you really should try it. It's not for everyone, but you really taste the actual meat instead of just the sauce and it can be fantastic if done right - like they do it at Bullock's and have been for many, many years! Bullock's also has great sides (the best are the hush puppies, another souther mainstay). Personally I think their greenbeans are over cooked, but I know a lot of people who like them like that and swear by them. Whenever I make it back to NC, Bullock's is the first place I go. It's truly a taste of home! Don't miss it!
Great Eastern NC BBQ – My favorite BBQ restaurant. I took Jamie & Bobby Deen there last week and they were delighted with the food, menu, Tommy's visit to our table.
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