The Pit Authentic Barbecue

The Pit Authentic Barbecue

BBQ Joint and Gastropub$$$$
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    Geoff G.
    "Carolina combo is a must for lunch, fried chicken and chopped bbq"(11 Tips)
    Shecorie C.
    "The BBQ Chicken and the Carolina Ribs are fall off the bone good!"(9 Tips)
    Kim M.
    "They have the best bbq tofu and sweet potatoes fries."(6 Tips)
    David C.
    "Love brisket, pulled pork, banana pudding, sweet tea."(12 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • Southern food
  • ribs
  • brisket
  • good for groups
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  • Shecorie C.heart icon on user image
    Shecorie ConleyMarch 26, 2016
    Everything was AMAZING! Nobody can touch my grandmother's mac and cheese, but The Pit is the first place I can say put up a challenge! The BBQ Chicken and the Carolina Ribs fall are off the bone good!
  • Cassandra R.heart icon on user image
    Cassandra ReneeMay 26, 2015
    Had the BBQ with Mac n' Cheese & Collards. The waitress threw in Slaw on the house! Everything was phenomenal! The best part? The hush puppies. OMG, the hush puppies. A definite must-try in Raleigh!
  • Staci
    StaciMay 9, 2014
    If your whole group agrees, do the family style(19.99 per person & you get 2 starters, 2 entrees, 2 sides, 1 dessert) make 1 starter the BBQ fries, an entree BBQ turkey and banana pudding!!!
  • Shecorie C.heart icon on user image
    Shecorie ConleyMarch 26, 2016
    Everything was AMAZING! Nobody can touch my grandmother's mac and cheese, but The Pit is the first place I can say put up a challenge! The BBQ Chicken and the Carolina Ribs are fall off the bone good!
  • Tom I.heart icon on user image
    Tom IgoeJune 10, 2016
    Really good NC-style barbecue in a vinegar-based sauce. Loved the hush puppies too.
  • Jessi B.heart icon on user image
    Jessi BigingJanuary 17, 2017
    They ran out of an appetizer, so we were offered free dessert- carrot cake was great & bourbon ice cream. Would definitely go back when in Raleigh again. Good bbq-- chopped bbq and brisket are good
  • Kim M.
    Kim McDonald-EliasAugust 22, 2018
    They have the best bbq tofu and sweet potatoes fries. The tofu taste so you good my family always order a extra dozen to bring home. They have the best hush puppies ever.
  • Summer R.heart icon on user image
    Summer ReavisOctober 13, 2015
    Love this place!! We met and talked to the head sous chef and he let us try a new recipe he is trying. They always have fun things on the menu. The carrot cake is to die for!!
  • Zack D.heart icon on user image
    Zack DavenportNovember 25, 2014
    Come here to eat like a true North Carolinian. Be sure to ask for vinegar and hot sauce on the table.
  • Kate E.heart icon on user image
    Kate EovinoSeptember 21, 2017
    Turkey is AMAZING and hush puppies & biscuits are served at every table. Pimento cheese balls app. Definitely a fave place!
  • Max W.heart icon on user image
    Max WennekerMay 29, 2016
    Fried okra and Brussels sprouts were awesome sides. Cornbread is a great appetizer. Don't over-order because you get hush puppies and biscuits. I'd avoid baby back ribs.
  • Home Sweet Beer
    Home Sweet BeerMay 13, 2013
    This place is designed for those who loves NC craft beers and the brisket. Come starving, because the amount of food is immense and come thirsty, because the quality of the beer is really high!
  • Anh N.heart icon on user image
    Anh NguyenSeptember 8, 2013
    Make reservations! Or try to grab a seat in the bar area, which is first-come, first-served. The full menu is available in the bar area too. Try the fried green tomatoes!
  • David C.heart icon on user image
    David CJune 19, 2013
    Great food. Love brisket, pulled pork, banana pudding, sweet tea. Watch out for the flies though. I always feel like the Lord of the Flies!
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJuly 20, 2012
    Want some veggies with your BBQ? Try the cucumber and tomato salad, pickled okra, succotash, or summer squash with zucchini, vidalia onions and green peppers. Read more
  • Jon L.
    Jon LeeAugust 16, 2012
    Ed Mitchell (BBQ pitmaster) is no longer with the company but the food is still delicious. Tried the Carolina spare ribs with the Mac and cheese as recommended by the server and was not disappointed.
  • Shahrooz S.heart icon on user image
    Shahrooz ShahandehApril 19, 2016
    The port ribs were the best IMO. The hush puppies were also AMAZING. I wasn't a big fan of the fried green tomatoes.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AdamsOctober 15, 2013
    Show up early (1130) or later (315) for lunch to avoid the crowds. For the price, food is great. Get a booth near the kitchen to enjoy the great grill smells (smoker).
  • Kathleen B.
    Kathleen BassSeptember 28, 2016
    Baby Back Ribs melt in your mouth. The seasonal Cornbread (Pumpkin) starter delicious, the BBQ Baked Beans, everything I've had has been on point.
  • B.B. Q.heart icon on user image
    B.B. QueApril 10, 2014
    Nice place with younger crowd. The carolina ribs were tasty... sweet with a hint of citrus... but missing any smokey character. Still good. Waitress was kind and compd me some banana pudding.
  • Shane K.heart icon on user image
    Shane KirkOctober 31, 2015
    Had the pulled pork and beef brisket. Both were tasty. Also gotnot try one of the ribs - tender and delicious.
  • Deannaheart icon on user image
    DeannaJuly 7, 2014
    Absolutely amazing BBQ, mac n cheese, Brunswick stew, hush puppies, sweet potatoes fries, won't find anything that you don't like here. LOVE it.
  • Melanie W.heart icon on user image
    Melanie W.May 29, 2016
    I was skeptical this would live up to the hype, but it totally does. Pulled pork and Mac and cheese for the win.
  • Gabriella C.
    Gabriella CatoochJuly 8, 2016
    Kevin is the best waiter! So charismatic, helpful, and kind! The Carolina ribs and chopped pork are delicious, and the candied yams are a MUST !
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.October 20, 2015
    "Ed Mitchell, the legendary master of the eastern North Carolina art form of whole hog cooking... Dig into pilgrimage-worthy chopped or pulled pork... with two sides and hush puppies." --NYT Read more
  • Katrina H.
    Katrina HerbertAugust 5, 2014
    Delicious barbecue but be sure to make a reservation! Long waiting times, and there isnt a good waiting area in the restaurant so be prepared to be outside for a bit
  • Todd W.
    Todd WilliamsSeptember 2, 2014
    Those ribs combined with all those craft beer on tap choices. The fried Okra. And THE BEST (sorry mama) banana pudding EVAH! Phenomenal restaurant.
  • Danielle F.heart icon on user image
    Danielle FreemanAugust 13, 2015
    Everything was delicious! The Double Combo is such a good deal! Fried chicken, pulled pork, hand cut fries, and Mac and cheese.
  • Steven D.
    Steven DoyleJune 23, 2019
    This really is authentic bbq - the turkey is great - though obviously brisket is mandatory
  • Lizz G.
    Lizz GrayJuly 21, 2012
    The pulled pork platter is not to be missed and the fried okra is soo tasty! And to drink? Blackberry Smash, for sure!
  • Jeff A.heart icon on user image
    Jeff ADecember 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great joint! Make sure to leave room for the killer banana pudding with the high top will not disappoint.
  • Spencer S.heart icon on user image
    Spencer SorrellMarch 20, 2017
    The fine folks very capably hosted our party of 10. The food was so gush durn delicious I dream about it to this day.
  • J D.
    J DAugust 29, 2013
    I'm not a big NC bbq fan but I must admit this place is a B. I prefer the western over the eastern style bbq but to each his own. Collards & mnc were A-. Very busy for a Wed but that's a good thing.
  • Shannon Z.heart icon on user image
    Shannon ZuckerMarch 23, 2015
    PRO: Every table gets biscuits and hush puppies after you place your order! CON: There is no seasoning/rub on the meat so it lacks flavor but luckily you are provided with sauce!
  • Charles S.
    Charles StricklandNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The barbecue fries are awesome! They come as an appetizer but are enough to be a main dish.
  • Randy S.heart icon on user image
    Randy SistoJanuary 6, 2015
    Carolina spare ribs, heirloom cabbage callards, fried green tomatoes. Great beer list. Fantastic BBQ - a national treasure!!!
  • Colby M.
    Colby MoorbergSeptember 26, 2014
    This is the best barbecue place in town to introduce visitors to North Carolina barbecue! Get the sweet potato fries!
  • Justyce R.heart icon on user image
    Justyce RogersNovember 20, 2021
    The chopped turkey and mashed potatoes are tasty! Glad to visit a place that isnt all pork and chicken!
  • Kelly K.heart icon on user image
    Kelly KennardJuly 1, 2014
    This was our second visit. Great service, amazing food, many choices of down home cooking. You won't regret eating here!
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BenedekDecember 14, 2013
    Fried green tomatoes were delish! I enjoyed the hush puppies and the chop plate. Cold slaw was also tasty! Id go back!
  • Paul N.heart icon on user image
    Paul NovareseOctober 25, 2018
    The Carolina ribs are absolutely excellent, meat falls right off. You can eat them with a fork.
  • Juan S.heart icon on user image
    Juan SeguíDecember 3, 2016
    Best BBQ I ever tasted in North Carolina. Good chicken too!
  • Sara E.
    Sara EdmondDecember 18, 2012
    Best BBQ in the triangle area. Get the pulled pork for a meal with sweet potato fries; get pimento cheese balls as an app!
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJuly 24, 2012
    The Muscat Canelli wine pairs well with chopped whole hog, mac n cheese, coleslaw and collard greens. Read more
  • edsave
    edsaveSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Beef brisket! Gotta have it! I didn't know what I wanted for a last meal until tonight.
  • Travis F.heart icon on user image
    Travis FrenchakNovember 7, 2014
    Bacon cheese burger was delicious. Made with ground brisket. Pumpkin cornbread with maple butler was a great starter.
  • Tanya G.
    Tanya GjerdingenAugust 18, 2013
    The BBQ fries are a must. Ribs fall right off the bone, what more could you want? I'd go back in a heartbeat.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LMay 17, 2011
    The baked beans are made with more than one type of bean and the banana pudding made me cry. Put the sauces that are on the table on everything. Pit is perfect
  • Michael D.heart icon on user image
    Michael DorseyApril 3, 2015
    Great food with an upscale atmosphere and full bar. Parking can be limited during peak times.
  • Meredith m.
    Meredith mMay 22, 2012
    Get the chopped bbq plate, and ask for some of their bbq sauce, they bring you out two different kins, and they're both delicious!!
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