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Bullock's Bar-B-Cue


3330 Quebec Dr
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 383-3211
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Photo of T M T M
Jun 29, 2019 3

Bullocks is very affordable, they have a very cool, diverse and loud people vibe, there is EVERYTHING you'd ever want to eat on a shocking expansive menu... but the food is only AVERAGE TO BELOW-AVERAGE in taste and quality and authenticity. The portions are BELOW AVERAGE in size, but you quickly come to appreciate that once you see and taste them. It becomes clear that many, many items are simply mass-purchased from a supply chain. This makes sense because NO ONE could home cook that many menu items every day on a premises. Just one tiny example: the Mac & Cheese.... NOTHING southern or authentic about it, CLEARLY not made there, ZERO flavor or appearance, and I've literally had better out of a box of Kraft.

Photo of Karen Stone Karen Stone
May 29, 2019 5

Staff is on the ball with seating & food was delicious and we were able to get our to go order delivered warm, ready to eat. Thank You so much for running a restaurant great. Can't wait to come back, thanks for making us feel at home.

Photo of Michael Harris Michael Harris
Jun 12, 2019 5

Best damn food in Durham hands down. Been eating here since I was child, at 57 now and everything on the extensive menu is still good. The family style meal of bbq, fried chicken and Brunswick stew is a all you can eat feast.

Photo of D Hewlin D Hewlin
Jun 15, 2019 5

Though it's Sat. at 4:30, but quite busy, the services was great and the food was very tasty. Those two usual do not go hand in hand at any busy food establishment. My husband and I sat at the first table in the center isle. I couldn't walk far because I'd had surgery. My only regret today, I didn't get the Waitress name. I'd like to give her recognition for continuously checking on us. She's did an outstanding job.

Photo of James Richardson James Richardson
Jun 16, 2019 5

This place is great! It has that good Ole down home, mom and pop feel. And the service is great! Most of the wait staff have been there for years. The food is awesome by the way! It never disappoints!

Photo of Joseph H. Vilas Joseph H. Vilas
Jun 10, 2019 3

Good place for straight up, country, inexpensive fare. Hush puppies are good and by the basket. Used to go here a lot when I worked right down the road. Most other places in the area are chains, :( with the exception of Shanghai. :) Nice, old-line family restaurant with a billion pictures of famous visitors on the wall. I like the Eastern N.C. style barbecue sandwich – tell them you want slaw on it.

Photo of Ginger Newton Ginger Newton
Sep 7, 2019 5

Bullock's Bar-B-Cue is family owned and operated. They serve all types of food, but the specialty is BBQ. I have never had a bad meal from Bullock's. I highly recommend them. You get your money's worth and you are keeping it local

Photo of Ebony Gorum Ebony Gorum
Oct 9, 2019 5

This was our first time going to this establishment. Even though the restaurant decor is very dated. The service and food was phenomenal. The price you paid was reasonable also. Our children were so happy the sweet tea was good.😊 Someone in that kitchen new their way around some seasoning. Our meals tasted homeade. I'm so glad I don't live close to this place. I would probably eat their everyday!

Photo of Renae Dean Renae Dean
Oct 21, 2019 5

Bullocks catered the engagement party for my daughter and fiancé this past weekend. It was perfect. Highly recommend the BBQ, fried and baked chicken, Mac n cheese, baked beans, slaw, hush puppies, cobbler and banana pudding! Hot food was delivered on time and set up smoothly. They provided plates, napkins, cups, utensils, extra serving pieces, condiments etc. I didn’t have to worry about anything. Stress free service and food was delicious. Everyone loved it and Portions were plenty. Working with Ty and Bullocks was the best decision ever! You won’t regret using them for catering. Go to their restaurant or get take out. Eat local!

Photo of Patricia Andrews Patricia Andrews
Oct 19, 2019 4

Nice family owned restaurant great food . Been going here years. The service for call in has gone out window I guess . Long wait time when you arrive to place order that spills over into dinning room area . Not good for people that use to have convince to call in on lunch hour to pick up their food . Or just mere convince in between running errands . Majority restaurants have that service but for past 4 months you can’t get call in . Might be wise place a free waitress answering take outs orders because I know probably an inconvenience for one owners Who’s ringing customers up and take orders correctly by phone but customers really enjoyed that ! Along bringing back luxury of nice feeling of being able chat a few person fixed your order making them feel respected and thanked while you tipped them fixing your take out order instead feeling rushed because your staff has a long line because you all decided to no longer answer the phone for take out orders! Nothing wrong with doing some things old way and that is by showing respect to your customers instead for your convenience as owners unless you’ll trying weed out some your customers by trying this new way of service . Good Luck ! 😀

Photo of James Hudson James Hudson
Oct 14, 2021 4

Bullock's is the most consistent place to eat in Durham. I've been going for years and have never had a bad meal and I've tried a large portion of their menu. I've had slow service and snarky waitresses, but never bad food. For what you get, it's also extremely fairly priced. They also offer family style (all you can eat) if you're going with a large group, so don't forget to consider that. I also highly recommend their desserts. I usually get one to go as I'm too full to eat it there. I terms of the NC style Barbeque, it's not the best I've ever had. That being said, it's still great and better than most of the places out there. I've had tons of Barbeque over the years and can be very picky with my ratings. I enjoy it and have no issues whatsoever eating it! I've been in their kitchen and have seen them prepare it. The hush puppies ARE the best I've ever had and like they serve a basket of those with your meal. I work at a local bank and often recommend Bullock's to my clients. I meet individuals from all over NC, the USA, and the world. I introduce them to Durham cuisine through Bullock's; through them I stake my reputation as a foodie. They only take cash, which is why I can't give them five stars. In this day and age, I find this annoying. Still worth a trip however, just make sure you hit the ATM before. Edit: Bullock's did an excellent job catering my wedding in late October 2018. I highly recommend this service from them. Ty Bullock is nice to work with and everything went smoothly.

Photo of Dena Barbee Dena Barbee
Oct 16, 2021 5

I had lunch at Bullock’s today and it was absolutely delicious. I’m from Durham and honestly, I’ve had lunch here in the past when it was no where near as good. Everything was perfect. I should go here more often and I recommend you do too. When I was growing up, my mother would bring home barbecue and Brunswick stew from Bullock’s often. Great memories. Today, I had a hamburger steak with green peppers and onions. The green peppers and onions were larger chunks and not over cooked … perfectly cooked and the hamburger steak was tender, really yummy 😋. I had white corn, deviled eggs, and boiled red potatoes. All delicious. I did not have a dessert but I’ll try a dessert next time. My waitress was attentive and pleasant. Thank you for a great meal, Bullock’s.

Photo of Rahul Walia Rahul Walia
Dec 26, 2021 5

Stopped here on Christmas Eve while on a road trip along the east coast. We ordered and ate our food outside around our car because inside was closed. Owner and her husband invited us into the closed dining portion of the restaurant to eat our food. Amazing hospitality from the owner, they continued to give us different food to try, continued to engage us in conversation, our family enjoyed this stop on our road trip. Not to say the less, the food was absolutely amazing. Great place

Photo of Judy Harrelson Judy Harrelson
Dec 11, 2021 5

We came for a family gathering. The staff provided a buffet meal which was the perfect way to go for a big group. They have a separate private room which was ideal. The fried chicken is excellent as is the potato salad, coleslaw, and macaroni and cheese.

Photo of D “Dchef” Tillman D “Dchef” Tillman
Nov 17, 2021 4

Wonderful food especially the fried chicken! Real Southern cooking. Very extensive menu and friendly fast service. Although no cards are accepted :cash only, the prices are good. Very popular place!

Photo of Barbara Kiser Barbara Kiser
Oct 21, 2021 4

Enjoyed the fried flounder & oysters & brisket. Lots of delicious sides to choose from! Restaurant was VERY clean & the first time I've ever seen booth seats that had NO tears & cracks. Service was great!

Photo of Gray Hobgood Gray Hobgood
Sep 3, 2021 5

Best meal I’ve had in a dine-in establishment in a long time. The Chicken and Dumplings tasted like home and the sides make me miss my grandma they’re so good. Everything a southern food joint is supposed to be. Don’t let the word BBQ on the sign fool you, there’s a little bit of everything.

Photo of Saundra DeGeneste Saundra DeGeneste
Aug 14, 2021 5

Bullock's serves some of the best fried chicken in Durham. Their vegetables and BBQ are also good. It's my go to place when I have out of town company and don't feel like cooking. Be aware that they do not accept credit cards. Cash or local checks with proper ID only.

Photo of Robert Barr Robert Barr
Aug 8, 2021 5

I have to give them better marks than I did a year ago. I have eaten there several times in recent weeks and each time the food tasted good and fresh. Bullocks is back!!

Photo of Pking Duck Pking Duck
Jul 10, 2021 3

The food is great. My only issue is if they would invest in dedicated staff to take calls for take out. The parking and waiting area for take out is always challenging. The lobby has to accommodate people waiting to be seated and take out. It is very tight during busy times. Having someone take phone in orders consistently would alleviate the wait times and congestion in the waiting areas.

Photo of James Carroll James Carroll
Jul 2, 2021 5

Great food and amazing service. What you think of when you say southern hospitality. The fried chicken and the chicken and dumplings were great. The prices are amazing with the portions.

Photo of Dennis Hines Dennis Hines
Jun 21, 2021 5

Outstanding food and service for a great price. A lot of local history and a memory wall of Hollywood moviestars and famous sports personalities and rock and roll singers, as well as R&B singers. And many other great artists are featured on the wall. Go by and enjoy the great food and service.

Photo of Emily Kicklighter Emily Kicklighter
Jun 26, 2021 5

Country cooking at it's finest! For our take out order we ordered the grilled pork chops and some chicken livers. All was delicious. Plate came with 3 sides, all were great. Staff was friendly and service was quick. Definitely will return.

Photo of Patrick Douglass Patrick Douglass
May 30, 2021 5

AREA TREASURE: So many great meals here. The pulled pork is Carolina’s finest and you’ll never find a better hush puppy no matter how hard you try, and I’ve tried everywhere.

Photo of The Anointed One The Anointed One
Apr 15, 2021 5

This restaurant serves delicious food. As I walked in the restaurant I knew it was going to be great because the line was outside of the door. Customers continued to accumulate as I ordered my food. I loved the wide variety of options on the menu and everything was very affordable. I would definitely recommend this great barbecue restaurant to everyone.

Photo of Marti Oneal Marti Oneal
Mar 17, 2021 5

Service was awesome and the food was the best. Their hamburger are not frozen. They are hand patted and trust me you get a mouth full in every bite. That burger was huge. My husband got the Cajun catfish and he said that's the best catfish he's ever had. Everytime we have to come back to Duke, we will definitely stop in.

Photo of tamara king tamara king
Mar 3, 2021 4

The Brisket was amazing. I also lived the cornbread nuggets. Everything else was just ok. I was excited to see more meat than sides. That is rare. What I didnt like was really simple.....nobody offered me any condiments or utensils and the chicken was not well seasoned.

Photo of Ron Kirk Ron Kirk
Mar 1, 2021 5

Never had a bad meal here in 20 yrs living here until 2/23. Ordered salmon patties. They were so greasy could not eat. I tried. Aft 3 small bites gave up. Server asked why I didnt like & did I want something else. Was served a well portioned hamburger steak/gravy. Love this place.

Photo of Renada Sanders Renada Sanders
Feb 11, 2021 5

A friend and I was refferred to Bullock's Bar-B-Cue on 02/11/2021 for lunch.Bullock's is an interesting restuarant to visit. When I walked in to Bullock's it has a nice atmosphere and it was amazing to see the walls decorated with a Legacy and history of pictures ranging from the owners,family, friends and famous people who were a part of and who actually visited the restaurant. I met a beautiful lady sitting at the cashier named Linda Bullock who was the family of the of the original owners.Linda was very warm spirited, kind and she took some time out share with us a little history about the restaurant. She politely answered any questions we had about the restaurant without being selfish.She smiled at every customer and made my visit feel warm and welcoming.She welcomed us to come back.The place was very clean,spacious and the food was hot,fresh and delicious.I enjoyed the visit and I recommend 👌 👍 this place to others for a nice lunch or dinner.Keep up the good work Linda taking care of your 👨‍👧‍👧 legacy.

Photo of Sarah Ellington Sarah Ellington
Feb 11, 2021 5

Just ate here for the first time. Everything was so delicious and the turnip greens were wonderful. My friend She had ribs, stewed apples, yams and beets.Huge portions so we got to eat them later. I will be back as much as possible. Seriously, they are wonderful!!

Photo of Darryell Frazier Darryell Frazier
Jan 14, 2021 3

Great and friendly service. The food is good and hot. The waitress was very attentive and helpful. I recommend this place.

Photo of dedrick gatling dedrick gatling
Aug 29, 2020 5

Awesome BBQ and chicken!

Photo of Ralph Rojas Ralph Rojas
Sep 8, 2020 4

The service is good. This place has been around for some time and caters to families. They have family style meals that are pretty generous in size. The fried chicken is probably the go to there. I had a full rack of ribs and they were cooked well, but the sauce was not good in my opinion. It ruined a solid stack of ribs cooked tender. Hush puppies and fries are OK. Cole slaw was pretty good. All and all a great place to take the family for dinner. Still think the best bet is the family style meal with fried chicken. Best bang for the buck.

Photo of Richard Tew Richard Tew
Dec 2, 2020 5

Bullock's has been a staple here in Durham my entire life. Probably close to 70 years. My favorite place to eat. You can get a little bit of everything. Down home country cooking. I have know the Bullock's family since childhood. They are mighty fine Christian people who value their customers. Hope they are around for another seventy years.

Photo of Demo 1 Demo 1
Oct 24, 2020 4

The food was good but I think they need to come up with a better system for the Take out line. Customers are standing close to one another. They are not using social distancingNone of the staff are using masks including the ones at the counters taking the orders.I commend the cashier because she's wearing a mask behind the glass partition. Things need to be better organized.

Photo of Brandon Ford Brandon Ford
Sep 18, 2020 4

You know the place is pretty good because it's always packed

Photo of Corey Cox Corey Cox
Sep 19, 2020 5

Excellent the waitress was very attentive first time definitely not the last

Photo of Janet Noell Janet Noell
Sep 5, 2020 4

first time..not my last visit.

Photo of Chef Dave Food Critic Chef Dave Food Critic
Sep 16, 2020 4

My first time at Bullocks and the food was good. Loved the deviled eggs, baked beans and hushpuppies. Bbq was okay, but not bad, will definitely be back and try the fried chicken and desserts.

Photo of Jàson Shambley Jàson Shambley
Aug 29, 2020 4

Great food and great service...I would give them 5 stars but there cash only policy is insane especially during a pandemic.

Photo of Donna Underwood Donna Underwood
Aug 21, 2020 5

LOVE IT. Everyone should experience this home down place.The owners work there every day. The staff is friendly and the whole atmosphere is wonderful.

Photo of Chris Marceca Chris Marceca
Aug 15, 2020 5

O.M.G. Just look at it! Family style meal served with lots of smiles and laughter. It was our first visit but it won't be our last. Would put that fried chicken up against ANY I've ever had before, even my mama's! (Sorry ma) haha But truly, everything was wonderful. Thanks guys!

Photo of J Taylor J Taylor
Aug 12, 2020 5

Believe it or not, I had their grilled scallops and they were better than many seafood restaurants I have had them in over the years including some very well known ones. Without a doubt, Bullocks makes the best Brunswick stew and fried chicken. Also, check out their pickled beets.

Photo of Natasha Toomer Natasha Toomer
Jul 26, 2020 5

I've visited several times in my travels through the area. By far the BEST BARBECUE sandwich in NC. I had the strawberry cake for the first time and it was AMAZING . The customer service is always A-1. One employee I always encounter is "LARRY". He is upbeat, he always greets you with a smile, he's friendly, he is definitely a jewel for your company.

Photo of Jon Canter Jon Canter
Jul 2, 2020 4

My first experience with NC style bbq. I enjoyed it but wish I would have explored something else off the large menu since I found much better bbq elsewhere. Service was wonderful.

Photo of christopher tapanen christopher tapanen
Jun 3, 2020 4

I went to Bullock's because it is a Durham institution having been established in 1952. A classic Southern diner serving bbq and much more yumminess. The pulled pork was delicious and I especially liked the turnip greens and hush puppies. The service was outstanding and friendly and I just can't get enough of Southern hospitality!

Photo of Michael Haag Michael Haag
Feb 23, 2019 3

Was recommended this by family who had lived nearby before. Was thinking the BBQ was the thing to get, but wasn’t very impressed by it. I guess this is just how they do BBQ in NC, but it wasn’t very tender meat, and not a fan of the sauce. Should have just gotten something different on the menu that was more home cooking. The burgers, wings, and vegetables all looked good around us. Hush puppies on the table is a nice touch.

Photo of Richard Grice Richard Grice
Mar 9, 2020 5

Been going to this place most of my life. I don't get to eat here often as its 90 minute drive for me.This is a great place to eat and take the family. What I did not like on my last visit were customers parking where they wanted and blocked the driveways to the main entrance as my dad is disabled.

Photo of Jackson Lemons Jackson Lemons
Jan 22, 2020 3

Pretty good food, ain’t gonna lie. But you should know a few things before ordering.1. Don’t order take out, because they will tell you the most expensive items, since their menu isn’t listed.2. Bring cash, they won’t take debit (even tho it doesn’t say on their website) or credit. They have a ATM there, but there’s always a line, and it has a pretty hefty “operating fee”.

Photo of Tracy Micheal Tracy Micheal
Jan 18, 2020 5

It's a great Bar-que and the friendliest place to eat. Long standing King of home cooking and barbecue. The best in my opinion of both worlds. But the staff is the story, long standing customers and you know that is true because the cashier can call out some of them by their name as they pay

Photo of Mary Cunningham Mary Cunningham
Jan 11, 2020 5

Bullock's food is always very good, tasteful and hot. Very good 👍 home cooking. My classmate and I enjoyed our chicken livers dinners very much. The wait staff are always friendly and helpful.

Photo of JR Irvin JR Irvin
Dec 18, 2019 5

Hands down the best ribs I've ever eaten! I've been to some national championship winning rib restaurants and they dont hold a candle to this place! I recommend getting there early and bringing cash. You know a place is good when people tip the chef!

Photo of Claudia Farmer Claudia Farmer
Dec 16, 2019 5

The staff was awesome! Very efficient. It's been a while since I've been but I would definitely take friends back that want home cooked food.

Photo of Cindy Garrison Cindy Garrison
Dec 9, 2019 3

Not good that's good for you. Everyone there looks unhealthy. The food is comparable to southern country cooking, so it's very popular. The barbecue is excellent and known far and wide. Not my thing.

Photo of T Sim T Sim
Nov 5, 2019 5

I've been eating here for 25yrs, and this is the only place that has the best of everything on the menu. If you live at the coast it's worth the 3hr drive. If you live at the mountains it's worth 3hr drive. If you've never eaten here put it on your bucket list of things to do. Everyone have a blessed day and Happy Early Holidays!!!

Photo of Denise Williams Denise Williams
Nov 15, 2019 5

Don't sue me, but I have lived in Durham for over 10 years and this is my first time coming here. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I'm country girl and the food reminded me of my country upbringing. We went with the family style dinner and it was on point. I will definitely be back!

Photo of Sarah Vassello Sarah Vassello
Jun 1, 2022 5

We used Bullock's Bar-B-Cue catering service for our work training. My team had enjoyed their food at a prior event, but this was the first time I'd ever ordered Bullock's catering myself. Not only was Ty so helpful, but he was able to work with me to help figure out what was going to be the best fit for our event. He was able to work with us on the pricing to meet our budget. The food was incredible. Highly recommend!

Photo of Lenore Hill Lenore Hill
Jun 29, 2022 5

I've been eating barbecue here since before I was born. I particularly love their barbecue sandwiches, Brunswick stew, coleslaw, and deviled eggs. And the hush puppies! Update: I''d forgotten how much I love their fried chicken. It is so delicious!

Photo of Alois Callemyn Alois Callemyn
May 26, 2022 5

When I grew up, there where plenty of great BBQ restaurants, like Bullocks, all over. For lunch or dinner, they served plates mounted with delicious meats and wide choice of home cooked vegetables. These meals came with endless baskets of hush puppies, all washed down with big glasses of sweet ice tea. Now these delightful choices food was always “home cooked” style, just like mom used to do it every Sunday. Well I can count on one hand a few local restaurants that are still serving meals like this and Bullocks is at the top of my list. I’m not their only fan, take a minute and look at the large group of pictures of all the famous people that have visited the famous restaurant. Be sure to plan on ordering extra BBQ (and deserts) to take home with you. We do and get to enjoy this fabulous food for several more meals. If you are planning a big party, they will do catering.

Photo of Anthanette 'The Review Queen' Holland Anthanette 'The Review Queen' Holland
May 14, 2022 5

I was told about this restaurant while my hubby was in rehab in Chapel Hill and it was amazing. I had the brisket with Mac and cheese, pintos and cabbage and my hubby got the brisket with Mac and cheese, rice and gravy and the cabbage. We also split the slaw and potato salad. The only downfall was the rice had some hard spots but other than that the taste and the quality of the food was great. I had to go back the next night to get veggies for us both because we had so much brisket left over and we didn't want to throw it away. We added yams to our veggies for the next night and they were even amazing. I can see why they have been in business for 70 years 😋😋😋. We will return to try some different entrees.