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Picnic

4.5

1647 Cole Mill Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 908-9128
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Photo of Fred Faught Fred Faught
Jun 10, 2019 4

Mighty fine pulled pork! Carolina style; no smothering sauces needed. If you order sweet potato puree for a side, you've got dessert! Pricey but worth it!

Photo of Johnny McMuffin Johnny McMuffin
Mar 27, 2019 5

March 2019 - do yourself a favor and try out the Brisket with the sauce on the side! It’s great and practically melts in your mouth. I tried the Mac N cheese again and I just don’t care for it. I Usually come here a few times a year. Usually the Pulled pork is fantastic, but it wasn’t the other day. Almost felt like it was 1 day away from being thrown out. Starting to turn to Pork Jerky. Best Hush Puppies in North Carolina! Slaw is always very good! Today I opted for the Mac n Cheese today and was very disappointed. Never again will I get it again. Picnic is a great place to eat and I will be back!

Photo of Cheryl Smithem Cheryl Smithem
May 25, 2019 5

Extraordinary flavors. Combining the best of eastern North Carolina BBQ. With Western North Carolina. Excellent BBQ. Fabulous service. My husband says you have to get the brisket cheese fries, and the vegetables are outstanding.

Photo of Angel Angel
Apr 28, 2019 5

This is one of our favorite local spots in Durham! They have the best BBQ and if you enjoy local spirits, they have those as well. They have a Sunday brunch menu. The staff will get to know you as a regular... they are great!

Photo of Alan Finn Alan Finn
Apr 5, 2019 4

Good BBQ pork (but mushy texture... I like some crust); better fried chicken. The 'hush puppies' were a thick batter poured into hot oil: short, greasy cylinders, not balls. The slaw was OK, the collards good, the fried okra was great, the string beans we're mushy (presumably traditional, but not my style). Overall I liked Al's or Brew & 'Cue better.

Photo of Melanie Woods Melanie Woods
Jun 26, 2019 3

First time eating here. Hardly any parking, we came around 2 pm. One one waitress was on duty for inside seating. Took forever to get anything to drink and I had to get up and get my own drink refill after glass sat empty for 20 minutes. My husband and I split the brisket platter. Brisket had a lot of fat marbled in it, so half went to waste. Sweet potato casserole was excellent and so were the hush puppies. Seemed very over priced to us for the amount of food you get.

Photo of Michael Fogle Michael Fogle
Jul 24, 2019 4

Really good pulled pork plate. You won't leave hungry. Pork was very well trimmed and had a good, but not overpowering, smokey flavor. They have their own barbecue sauce which they say is a mix between "eastern" and "western", but is more "eastern" than "western" (more vinegar-based) - fine by me...I like "eastern" better. Sauce is nice and spicy. Full service bar stocked with quality spirits.

Photo of Cherie Wilson Cherie Wilson
Jul 25, 2019 3

Fried buttermilk chicken breast was juicy, tender & tastey. Great crispness & hot when served. The sauces, brines, dressing I've discovered a bit tart for my personal taste. There exists a balance of sweet & tart flavor in most dishes of this category. A dozen visits in past 3 years. Not my last.

Photo of Terence Knight Terence Knight
Aug 9, 2019 4

Went todaywirh my dog and a small group of hikers. I ordered the salad of the day and a beer ,service was quick friendly salad was a Greek Best one I've had in a long time, definitely would go again outside seating is nice and pet bowls are supplied.

Photo of Vivian Voss Vivian Voss
Sep 16, 2019 5

If you’re lucky enough to grab a seat at Picnic, you better get ready for their food! My mouth waters right when I step in the door. The food is cooked to perfection and the desserts are always a great treat! Even if you come here just to grab a drink from the bar, it’ll be delicious. You’re always greeted with a smile and friendly attitude. Definitely recommend stopping here if you’re in the area!

Photo of Jason Holton Jason Holton
Sep 20, 2019 3

Went last night as I’ve been looking forward to trying this place...and especially looking forward to the fried chicken. Got the buttermilk friend chicken, greens, and Mac and cheese. Across the board everything was just okay. And across the board relatively bland. Chicken Hut still reigns supreme for fried chicken in Durham.

Photo of Evan Azzinaro Evan Azzinaro
Sep 13, 2019 3

Hit or miss. I've had some great meals there, but I've had a few bad ones. Steer clear of the shrimp, and I might go so far as to be suspect of any seafood. The pork is fantastic, and the chicken isn't bad either.

Photo of Ted Dorsi Ted Dorsi
Oct 24, 2019 4

Our group of 8 was able to walk right in and sit right down. Immediately annoyed by a table that rocked back and forth due to an issue with the feet. Staff knew about it too as evidenced by the collection of coasters they tried to jam under there in a failed attempt to prevent the table from rocking (fix it dear Henry! Fix it!). Good beer selection. Daily specials and desserts listed on chalkboard all looked good. Fried oysters were good but the breading was lacking something special. Fried green tomato BLT was nice. BBQ sandwiches were done right (a slight smoke flavor, nicely chopped, hardly any fat). I didn’t get the fried chicken but I wish I did because that dish looked marvelous! Lots of outdoor seating on the front porch. Clean dining room. Beware the rocking table!

Photo of Nathan Mize Nathan Mize
Dec 4, 2019 4

Come here often and get takeout. BBQ is on point. Good local beer, full bar, great wait staff. Rotating daily specials and they always offer some kind of fish dish for non-meat eaters (or if you just love fish).

Photo of Chestin Salisbury Chestin Salisbury
Nov 13, 2019 5

Made a stop before a Duke game and was extremely happy to have found it. The brisket sandwich was delicious and the homemade cukes and pickled red onion were the perfect touch. The mac and cheese was perfectly cheesy. I'd definitely go back!

Photo of olivia korman olivia korman
Oct 26, 2019 5

The best meal I've had in a long time. The special: fried chicken&waffle sammie w bacon &side of collards was AMAZING w every ingredient cooked to perfection &incredible combo of flavors (like Belgian style candied waffles!)

Photo of Levi Thomson Levi Thomson
Dec 30, 2019 4

Good food, although nothing was truly spectacular. The meat was tender, the sauce was tangy, and the sides were interesting. The service was good. The desserts were very good. Prices are high at $16 a plate and there was no family style (shared meats and sides) options. For 6 adults and 2 children (only eating sides), we paid $150 before tip. I wanted to love it. But the next time I'm in north Carolina, I'll try another BBQ

Photo of William Mitchell William Mitchell
Jan 28, 2020 4

If you're looking for a great place to go out with some friends and family or maybe a low-key date night, then I would highly consider Picnic! With incredibly delicious BBQ, some incredible country sides, and the best hush puppies that you'll ever eat! This is the perfect place. I will say however it is a bit pricey but it is 1000% worth it!

Photo of SeungHyean Lee SeungHyean Lee
Jan 28, 2020 5

Such a great food I have never had. Highly recommended! Especially try side items, which are simple but amazing. It hit the spot. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Photo of Alex Martin Alex Martin
Feb 15, 2020 4

Service and food was great! Only real complaint is how fast the food arrived. Food came out after being served appetizer in literal minutes. Kind of shorten the night and atmosphere. Food was excellent though!!

Photo of Erle Smith Erle Smith
Feb 11, 2020 5

Picnic is a co sistently good spot for Eastern Carolina pulled pork. Usually moist and just enough of a "Tang" from vinegar. They serve a minced coleslaw that balances the pork well. The real star of the menu are the sides, these are better than most you can find elsewhere. Baked beans, fried okra,

Photo of Ed Davis Ed Davis
Feb 19, 2020 5

I need people to understand just how amazing this place is. If you want the best the state has to offer in the way of pulled pork bbq, you really do have a lot of options. However, some shops have really set themselves apart from the rest. Picnic is definitely one of those places. The moment you walk in your senses are embraced by the smoky aroma that only a whole hog can provide. The staff are super helpful and friendly and the food is next level. This might be the only reason for anyone to ever go to Durham. Full stop.

Photo of Erle Smith Erle Smith
Mar 15, 2020 5

Picnic is a consistently good spot for Eastern Carolina pulled pork. Usually moist and just enough of a "Tang" from vinegar to please fans of "eastern" NC BBQ. Picnic serves a minced coleslaw that balances with the pork well. The real star of the menu are the sides, these are better than most you can find elsewhere. Baked beans, fried okra, potato salad and many others are available. Its a lot of fun exploring them If you're in the neighborhood, give Picnic a try, they are good!

Photo of Galen Schultz Galen Schultz
Feb 16, 2019 5

I’ve been wanting to check out this place for awhile and it did not disappoint. The host and server were very nice and hospitable. I can’t claim I’ve checked out an abundance of different BBQ places in NC, but as of currently, this place has the best flavor I’ve had yet. The pulled pork sandwich was pretty standard, but their home made sauce was great, the brisket fries were out of this world and the fried oysters were great as well. Highly recommend checking this place out!

Photo of michael mathews michael mathews
Mar 6, 2020 5

First time visiting for lunch and the pork sandwich was excellent! Saw another person enjoying a half slab of ribs and wow did they look amazing! Next time that's what I'm going to have! The service was very fast too.

Photo of Mo Mo
Jun 17, 2020 5

I ordered a pound of brisket and Six wings! The brisket is phenomenal and the wings are a gorgeous golden brown! Everything was fresh and delicious! The employees are super polite and very helpful !