Phone: (252) 237-0972
Address: Highway 301, Wilson, NC
On April 28, 2011
Parker’s is very interesting. Coming from a relatively young person who didn’t grow up in Wilson, you are somewhat taken aback when you first walk in.
The restaurant is located on the outskirts of Wilson on Highway 301. It looks like a restaurant on the verge of closing, but the parking lot is always packed and it’s been slammed every time I’ve been.
The wait staff are all-male and wear old-school uniforms (white “boat” hat, white clothes, and white apron).
The restaurant features wood paneling, wood chairs, and cafeteria-style tables. You are escorted to a table in the enormous restaurant floor.
The menu options are great – barbecue, fried chicken, Brunswick stew, etc. Most of the “plates” come with a variation of hush puppies, mustard coleslaw, Brunswick stew, and corn sticks.
All of the food I’ve eaten at Parker’s is absolutely delicious. The barbecue, in particular, holds up to its reputation – it’s not life-changing, but it’s most definitely the best barbecue I’ve had in a long time! Disclaimer: the barbecue is vinegar-based, not tomato-based, as is what’s more customary in the western side of NC.
The dishes are more expensive than what I’d expect, but you get plenty of food. The best value is the “family style” offering, where a party of 4 or more can “eat as much as they want” for a fixed price.
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On June 17, 2011
What can you say about Parker’s that’s not been said before??
Best barbecue for thousands of miles, full of heritage (including an all-male wait staff in full 50s-style outfits), and pretty cheap for what you get.
They do not take credit card which is absurd. They lose points on service because of this.
The barbecue is fantastic but the sides are slightly above average. There’s brunswick stew, corn sticks, slaw, fried chicken, etc.
On June 21, 2011
Parker’s is one of the BEST BBQ places in the area. The minute you walk in, there is an atmosphere of the good ol’ South. The waiters are quick to get your drink order (sweet tea of course with crushed ice) and to offer you the family style..in which you get a buffet of BBQ, chicken and fixins AT YOUR TABLE! That’s right…you don’t even have to get out of your seat. My favorite fixin would be the boiled potatoes! Yummmmm! I have eaten at Parker’s too many times to count and have NEVER been disappointed and I always leave with a full belly. Family style is definitely the best and cheapest way to eat at Parker’s Barbecue.
P.S. My son’s name is Parker and we are no relation to the restaurant.
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On June 21, 2011
I completely agree with the previous reviews. The eastern NC style bbq is awesome as are all the sides but ya’ll forgot the fried chicken! Yum! Yes,it’s a pain to have to remember to take cash with me when I go but the food’s so good they’re forgiven. Seriously, the place seems like it’s still 1955 so I guess debit cards won’t be a thought for quite a while.lol My brother and I play a game when we go there. We time the waiter from the time we order until the food arrives. Average wait? 2 &1/2 minutes. Love it!
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On June 25, 2011
Butch P wrote:
Great BBQ same on fried chicken. Don’t care that much for a all male service staff and having to pay with cash is also a bummer.
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On June 29, 2011
Parker’s is an experience! I am not from here, but love the retro atmosphere of the restaurant. The service is lightning fast, and you get lots of very tasty food at a very reasonable price. I am not a fan of the Eastern NC BBQ, personally, but I love their fried chicken and all the sides!
On September 2, 2011
Parker’s is beyond a Wilson institution. I have eaten here since I was a baby! The food is always the same but absolutely delicious. I can eat my weight in their barbecue but DON’T try the large plate unless you haven’t eaten for weeks! The tea is the best in Wilson and my mother has me save some cornbread sticks every time we go. The only downside is when you go the smell sticks with you all day and even into the next day until you take a shower and wash your clothes…other than that it is some of the best barbecue I’ve ever eaten. Anyone passing through Wilson MUST try Parker’s once.
On September 14, 2011
Debbi Covington wrote:
One of my all-time favorites! I buy BBQ to bring back to SC every time I go to Wilson. Best fried chicken on the planet!
On September 14, 2011
Purple Drank wrote:
I understand why there are 3 restaurants in this category, but let it be known that there is only ONE barbecue place in Wilson, Parker’s. I talk to people from up and down the east coast daily. They always ask if I have eaten at Parker’s or tell me they pulled off 95 just to eat there. The service is quick!! Tea is like syrup and fried chicken is awesome. Don’t like barbecue and fried chicken? They have seafood as well!!
On November 3, 2011
Karen Norfleet wrote:
Being a Wilson transplant, I don’t have the Parker’s grease running through my veins that others do…but I do love their BBQ chicken, brunswick stew and hushpuppies! The BBQ and fried chicken are great as well. The atmosphere is that of a high school cafeteria, but you aren’t really there for the ambiance. No cards taken, so be ready pay in cash. The staff is great, the food comes FAST. The owners are locals, which means the place is run with care.
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On January 6, 2012
Best BBQ in the state of NC! you don’t have to add NOTHING to this southern treat. They have the BEST sweet tea and it’s served with good ol crushed ice! can’t get any better than that! chicken is awesome too. Service is FAST and the food is HOT and will melt in your mouth. When I go see my friends in Texas and in Florida, they make me bring them BBQ from Parkers.
On May 10, 2012
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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE BACK??? DISGUSTING!!!!!!
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On September 7, 2012
Benjamin T. wrote:
Parker’s is very good barbecue. The family style dinner is the best deal by far. I’m not a huge fan of the sides, but the barbecue is absolutely delicious. The sweet tea is top of the line. One aspect of Parker’s worth mentioning is the extremely efficient service. Your food comes out very quickly, and you’re never left wanting anything — food, drinks, anything you need are immediately available. Even getting seated is efficient — the entire parking lot can be full and I’ve never waited to sit down. The table bussing is quick and concentrated on through-put.
As previously mentioned, the sides are nothing special — the mustard coleslaw, brunswick stew, hush puppies, and even the fried chicken are nothing special, but definitely acceptable for the price. I just wish they were as good as the barbecue.
The atmosphere of Parker’s is pretty abyssmal. Imagine a K&W — except not as nice. They also don’t take card which is a huge inconvenience in 2012.
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On April 17, 2013
Moved here from Florida recently and I have eaten at Parker’s Barbecue several times. The barbecue is delicious! I’m not even really a fan of vinegar-based bbq, but this changes my mind! The service is very fast and my cup of sweet tea was never close to empty. However, the sides taste like they are from a can and the corn sticks have no flavor whatsoever. From what I’ve heard from people who grew up here, they used to make the corn sticks from scratch, it would be wonderful if they went back to that. The place itself is very dreary and depressing, lightened up only by the wonderful people working and dining there.
On October 18, 2013
Took to long should have a bench or two to wait then when I got my food it was messed up and i went back to tell them and they said get in the back of the line
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On December 1, 2013
Will K. wrote:
Parker’s BBQ. In a few short words- CONSISTENT & FAST
Ive lived in Wilson for all my life- When my family occasionally
goes to get BBQ, We go to Parker’s!
Although its not in my book considered the HOLY GRAIL of BBQ eating establishments in NC- BUT For BBQ in the Wilson area, It is the BEST for certain.
The FRIED CHICKEN is 9 times out of 10 cooked perfect and arrives
quickly and HOT to your table.
The Servers are always quick and get your food within minutes to your table.
The sides are basic but Good. Brunswick stew, boiled potatoes, string beans ETC.
A often OVERLOOKED item on their menu is their seafood, which is
On December 3, 2013
Consistent. Super fast service, great value, good food, family old school atmosphere. Formula has worked for many many years and to be one of the only restaurants left on that area of 301 is testament to its appeal. any day of the week you can find young and old, business people and farmers, locals and people from out of town. It is a great place to go! Only neg would be that they need to take a credit card.
On January 5, 2014
People in Wilson, nearby cities, and even surrounding states love this place. As a non-native North Carolinian, I don’t go crazy over the N.C.-style barbecue. This place is like traveling through time, though, with the staff attire, environment and decades old menu.
It’s got basic staples of a N.C. barbecue restaurant at an average price. It’s got VERY fast and friendly service, though.
On June 9, 2014
I first tried Parkers a month, ago. Looking at the parking lot you would have thought the food would meet great expectations. The food wasn’t the worst in the world. However,the barbecue, slaw, potato salad, corn sticks, and brunswick stew all were very bland. The service was “A+”. I reached an understanding that most of the people eating there, eat there probably for the nostalgic atmosphere. I discovered “Bill Ellis”. Now thats some good food. Parkers barbecued was flavorless, and resembled soggy cardboard.
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On January 25, 2015
Ricky Wilson wrote:
Eastern NC barbecue and its great. Cost is kinda expensive for the bulk type food served. Service is usually fast and most likely the most efficient staff I have ever seen. Atmosphere gets a higher mark due to the unique atmosphere that takes you back in time to what you would think the 60’s or 70’s would be like.
On April 11, 2015
Love Parkers! Awesome food and service!!
On September 18, 2015
Good BBQ, good chicken, good tea, what more do you need? The only thing they are missing is mac & cheese. Service is excellent.