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Byrd's BBQ Restaurant & Catering


2816 Cheek Rd
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: (919) 530-1839
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Photo of Will H. Will H.
Jan 7, 2022 5

This was my first visit and let me just say, they did NOT disappoint! My food was delicious and the staff was super friendly. Definitely worth a return trip!

Photo of Michael Rodgers Michael Rodgers
Dec 15, 2021 5

Okay guys, so I gotta tell you about this hidden gem. This one you are going to want to try. The first time I tried this place I had some family over and they wanted something to eat. This place was close by so very convenient. Blew us away. The menu had too many things we wanted to try. We spent just a little more than expected so we were skeptic at first after having being let down by a couple of BBQ places in Durham already. But this one . . . Oh this was the one! I think they had like a peach flavored rib sauce that day, no complaints on the ribs! NONE. I haven't stopped going to the place since. It has a mom and pop feel to it where everybody knows your name, even if they don't. The owner she's great, her mom, shes great, the guys in the back amazing! Always smiling and having a great time cooking. I will let you know this place will run out of food so get it while you can! The mornings are for breackfast, afternoons are for lunch and stock up on the tea, I usually get a couple of gallons to hold me over. This ain't your average McDonald's tea, no sir this is your southern sweet tea made just right! The hours are from earlier morn, to the afternoon, so you can get breakfast on the way to work and stop here for lunch, no dinner hours at this time. On a sidenote, everyone goes here so whatever you need you will find someone that can help you with it here shoutout to Kris at GT Fencing 😉. The conclusion is this, go here period.

Photo of Jeremy Tyndall Jeremy Tyndall
Dec 14, 2021 5

Best place in Durham NC to eat lunch. Friendly staff great prices.

Photo of Gerard “Uncle Gerry” Rosso Gerard “Uncle Gerry” Rosso
Oct 22, 2021 5

I love small places like this. The brisket was incredible and the service was fast and friendly. Plus the prices are very reasonable.

Photo of Brian S. Craig Brian S. Craig
Aug 30, 2021 5

This is some of the very best NC BBQ I have ever had. Cole slaw was made exactly how it should be (shredded cabbage, mayonnaise, sugar and a few sprinkles of black pepper) hushpuppies were very delicious and the banana pudding was too. Also tried their Brunswick stew and that was very delicious also. I was given some extra vinegar sauce but it didn't need it, bbq has a wonderful flavor by itself and in fact I didn't even try the sauce until I had a few bites left. I read all the time about this or that restaurant has the best but I would suggest anyone not to say that until they have had bbq from here. I will definitely be back for more.

Sep 27, 2021 5


Photo of Yoel Deshe Yoel Deshe
Sep 4, 2021 5

My first expirience of having BBQ in a family owned small restaurant, and i loved it. Ribs were great, they almost ran out of brisket but what we had was delicious. Very friendly people, and the kids loved it too. Will definitely go again

Photo of Michael Bradbury Michael Bradbury
Aug 2, 2021 5

They have a slogan on their sign that this place is worth finding. Agreed. BBQ was tender and smoky. Great find!

Photo of Larry Cernik Larry Cernik
Jul 14, 2021 5

Great smoked meats and customer service. Reasonably priced.

Photo of Bryant Hatcher Bryant Hatcher
Jun 28, 2021 5

I'm native to NC so I take my BBQ seriously. lol. This is a excellent go to spot in Durham to get BBQ. Their BBQ sanswhich was excellent. They also have ribs, pork loin, burnt ends, etc. They stay pretty update on Facebook when they have different meats cooked.Has a good old time feel atmosphere. Check it out !

Photo of Festus Cameron Festus Cameron
May 16, 2021 5

Great service, clean, and delicious food. The BBQ is tasty, ribs are outstanding, and the vegetables down home!

Photo of Tonaka Tonaka
May 14, 2021 5

Had to edit I originally clicked 5 stars;I had my first visit here and the breakfast was delicious

Photo of Steve Rutledge Steve Rutledge
Apr 24, 2021 4

Best barbecue ever.smokey flavored and not dried out.give em a everyone aight to try it at least once.

Photo of Payton Drakos Payton Drakos
Apr 20, 2021 5

First time trying! Got the BBQ sandwich with slaw and okra and it was fantastic! Wife loved her sandwich and fries! Will go again!

Photo of Joshua Boone Joshua Boone
Apr 3, 2021 5

Best bbq in the area! family owned, locally supported, fresh bbq, always amazing quality. Housemade bbq sauces both NC styles. Highly recommend to anyone in the area or visiting. Also try the chicken tenders they are one of a kind. Very friendly service. Very unassuming of a place driving by, but let me tell you. This place proves they are the best!

Photo of M M M M
Apr 6, 2021 5

We came here today and had the brisket plate! Collards and Brunswick stew just the way they should be and some dang good looking wings on the table next to us. Staff is so friendly, and helpful! 10000/10 recommend!

Photo of Cody Lougee Cody Lougee
Mar 4, 2021 4

Great bbq place. Pulled pork was pretty good as was their vinegar sauce. Overall quite satisfied with the quality of food. Location had a nice home town feel to it. Staff were super nice and the place was very clean. Will definitely be coming back

Photo of Josh King Josh King
Jan 19, 2021 5

Good barbeque! Best around I think! Always very nice staff, looks old in side but good food been going here since I was a kid!

Photo of Burlesque X Channel Burlesque X Channel
Nov 30, 2020 4

Wonderful atmosphere. Following all the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Very clean bathroom. The food was a positive bonus during my lunch break at work. I will definitely be coming back.

Photo of Kristopher Golombisky Kristopher Golombisky
Sep 29, 2020 5

Best BBQ in town. The staff is so friendly. I’d eat here every day if I wouldn’t put on the lbs. Wide variety of options daily. I’d recommend this place to everyone.

Photo of Stacy Baker Stacy Baker
Sep 29, 2020 5

Chicken Salad is the BEST. I will drive across town just to get a few tubs of it. Love love all the food especially the Okra and the sweet tea is awesome! Thanks for always being so friendly to your customers

Photo of Dawn Fellner Dawn Fellner
Sep 29, 2020 5

They are so nice. The food is amazing, especially the burnt ends. You have to go on certain days to get the specials of the day. Small locally owned and operated. The owners are there everyday and happy to serve your breakfast, lunch, and your dinner needs.

Photo of Brandon Patrick Brandon Patrick
Sep 29, 2020 5

Great food. Fast service! We go there regularly. Best BBQ in town. Even served us without a mask 😷 and didn't ask us to leave.

Photo of Ian Peterson Ian Peterson
Aug 26, 2020 5

Awesome little BBQ place. Good prices and hospitality. Fast service. A very casual old-school place. Parking is limited so try to avoid busy times.

Photo of Flor Garcia Anselmo Flor Garcia Anselmo
Aug 18, 2020 5

Everytime I go there is always the same and the best!!!!! I love their Pulled Pork sandwich with Fries. Their Corn Nuggets are the bomb. Lastly their Sweet Tea is best.

Photo of Brigid King Brigid King
Aug 21, 2020 5

I must have been living under a rock to not have known about this place until yesterday. The food is excellent, however, I would say to stay away from the fried pork chop, we found that to be pretty dry. Otherwise, everything else we got was great! Fried shrimp plate Pulled pork plate Porkchop plate Fries Green beans Collards Hushpuppies We'll definitely be back for more 🙂

Photo of Ada Massenburg Ada Massenburg
Jul 5, 2020 5

Love Byrd’s! My household eats here 1-2 times a week. I recommend trying the pulled pork, brisket, burgers, okra, fries. I haven’t tried their breakfast menu yet, can’t wait to see what that’s hittin like. 🤤

Photo of Paola Torrado Paola Torrado
Jun 25, 2020 5

This BBQ was great! I love their sweet sauce, their hush puppies and their fresh fries. Also, the service was amazing. All the personal was pretty friendly and fast to get back to us with what we asked for, even though we went in a busy lunch time. Definitely a great spot in Durham NC

Photo of Alex Reynolds Alex Reynolds
Jun 18, 2020 5

Just got dinner here for the first time. I've lived in/near Durham for 22 years, and never came here before. Glad I finally discovered it! We did take out because of Covid, but the food was amazing even after 15 minutes in the car to get home. Definitely coming back soon.

Photo of M B M B
Jun 12, 2020 5

Great bbq. Enjoyed it and will be back

Photo of Adam Little Adam Little
Jun 13, 2020 5

Had catering for a party I was having. I had pulled pork, potato salad, and baked beans. The food was excellent, pork had smoke flavor. Very good I would recommend for sure!

Photo of Jason LaRiez Jason LaRiez
Jan 24, 2020 5

If you are looking for some really good North Carolina BBQ. You have found it!!!!! GREAT BBQ!!! Their customer service is awesome !!!

Photo of Stephen Kent Stephen Kent
Jan 14, 2020 5

Errbody know up in here Byrd's is the spot to be. Best brisket in RDU

Photo of Vickie Howell Vickie Howell
Jan 11, 2020 5

Food is wonderful, they need more help. So that they can stay open later hours. But don't take my word GO EAT! Trout plate..... awesome. Banana pudding..... awesome. Never sat there to eat I'm always on the go. But eat there you'll always go back for seconds.

Photo of Steve Hardee Steve Hardee
Dec 30, 2019 5

Best breakfast bowl in Durham. Everything else is good also.

Photo of Rich Hewett Rich Hewett
Nov 15, 2019 5

Excellent food. The soup side was as good as they suggested. Clean inside. Great service and extra friendly. A little pricey. Had the beef brisket which was amazing.

Photo of Jason• theFATES Jason• theFATES
Sep 27, 2019 5

¿If God had a favorite BBQ restaurant.?. He'd own Byrds. Banana Puding is right on point and Sweet Tea is sweet. Southern Style all the way around! LOVE BYRDS

Photo of R. E. Potter R. E. Potter
Oct 29, 2019 5

Love that you choose which sauce "base" you use. (Vinegar vs. Tomato) Great staff, has a real old-fashioned home-town feel. Food is like down home cooking.

Photo of Truck 3 Truck 3
Sep 22, 2019 4

Food is good but price is a little high

Photo of Latorra Rogers Latorra Rogers
Aug 28, 2019 5

BLT,Breakfast bowls, bacon egg and cheese ALWAYS good. BBQ good as well.

Photo of Jenna Heinzelmann Jenna Heinzelmann
Jul 22, 2019 5

Delicious, authentic southern cooking. We just moved in the Durham area and checked out this spot since we live so close. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of food we received for the price. Highly recommend!

Photo of Onyx Onyx
Sep 6, 2019 5

By far, this is THE best barbecue I have tasted in Durham! But the building itself needs to be upgraded. It is very old and outdated.

Photo of Adrienne Carrington Adrienne Carrington
Jun 24, 2019 5


Photo of George Powell George Powell
Apr 24, 2019 4

Great place to eat I mean they could use a little bit of upgrade but the food is so good

Photo of Mark Schilling Mark Schilling
May 2, 2019 5

Best breakfast and lunch around. Best BBQ place around here for me. Nice friendly staff great food

Photo of John Azzu John Azzu
May 26, 2019 4

Good food. Inexpensive. The pulled pork BBQ is good and the sauce is good.

Photo of tom bradway tom bradway
Feb 21, 2019 5

Great barbecue sandwich and fries. ! Pork was perfectly seasoned and tender. Slaw sweet but not too sweet. In this day of the shrinking burgers it's nice to see they dont skimp on the portions. Their turkey sandwich is great also

Photo of Kevin Dao Mickle Kevin Dao Mickle
May 9, 2019 5

Stopped in with a friend for lunch around 12 and there was no waiting and plenty of seating. The food was great and my friend ordered the BBQ sandwich plate and I tried the flounder filet (see photos). Everything was good. The place was clean and all of the staff was super friendly. If you are looking for a great place to eat ran by local owners stop here. It's good.

Photo of Mike Campbell Mike Campbell
Jun 7, 2022 5

Sorry, no picture, I had nearly cleared my plate before I thought of it. This place is a hole in the wall, in the best sense of the term. If a small side of the road, family run BBQ Joint is your thing, then you need to check out Byrd's BBQ. The pork was pulled, not chopped. I prefer pulled pork, it is my opinion pulled pork is harder to execute well than chopped. The pork was clean, had a great flavor with good smoke, seasoning, and a nice chew. I also ordered a rib to try, it was too was excellent. Good smoke, tender but not overcooked, and a nice subtle amount of sauce. Just enough sauce to make me use a napkin, but not covering up the meat by drenching in sauce. Both my wife and I agreed, the collards were some of the best we have had. If you happen to be in the Raleigh / Durham area and are looking for a good "Mom and Pop" BBQ Joint, check out Byrd's BBQ.

Photo of Joey Joe Joe Jr Shabadoo Joey Joe Joe Jr Shabadoo
Jun 8, 2022 5

A must stop for North Carolina BBQ in Durham. Get the pulled pork, with sides, all are great, and sit a while. I'm definitely coming back for the amazing food and hospitality!

Photo of Scott Fisher Scott Fisher
Jul 15, 2022 5

Found this place a few years back while out on a ride, every single experience I’ve had with them has been 100% perfect! Food is always amazing right along side with service! Hands down my favorite place to grab lunch!

Photo of Chris Foster Chris Foster
Jul 15, 2022 5

Great old school NC pulled pork BBQ!. Not fatty or dry, just right. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Will most definitely go back.

Photo of A L A L
Jul 20, 2022 5

Long established BBQ place with all the sides. Flavorful, moist, and the sauce is great. They also offer some surprising iptuon like the waygu burger. Great place, authentic southern BBQ, and wonder people.

Photo of Jason Martin Jason Martin
Aug 28, 2022 5

Totally didn't know this place existed. Elevated BBQ in a low-key atmosphere. The brisket was very good and the greens were as well.

Photo of Lisa & Wes Williams Lisa & Wes Williams
Sep 25, 2022 5

If your looking for one of those old, established, non-chain, locals favorite BBQ place this is it, look no more. The vibe is 100% authentic and the food is hot, well proportioned and above all a taste experience that is what brings the locals back again and again. It is a little bit "out there" from central Durham but worth the 8 minute drive.