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Business Description
Bullock's BBQ - Bullock's BBQ has been a family owned and operated fixture in Durham, NC since 1952. Glen Bullock started offering his delicious BBQ in the 1940's, cooking pigs on the weekends for friends and neighbors. Eventually people wanted more so they had to grow. Glen's wife and son, Tommy helped run and build the business through the years, and Tommy has been owner with he and his family operating the restaurant since 1965. The business has changed locations as it has grown (it is the longest continuous running restaurant in Durham ) and has been in it's current location since 1970.We are proud to have served many celebrities over the years, as displayed on our "wall of fame" when you enter the dining room. We also cater for major area sports teams and TV crews when they are in town for the big game. Don't worry, we serve "normal" folks too, so come visit us or call us for your catering needs today!
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Extra Phones

Fax: (919) 383-6202

Payment method
cash, check, no credit cards
Price Range
Watts Hospital-Hillandale

Bullock's Barbecue

Barbecue Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, American Restaurants, Soul Food Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Caterers, Barbecue, Family Style, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Houses / Homes

Price Range : Below Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Bullock's Bar B Cue Inc

Permit me to preface this review by letting you know that I'm not knocking the quality of the food or the service, (although our waitress DID allow us to run out of hush puppies and run very low on beverages).
What I AM complaining about was the disruptive and seemingly oblivious family that was seated in the adjoining booth. A father, a mother, two girls in their pre-teens, and a totally loud and disruptive toddler seated at the end of their table in a high chair. Several times during our meal this child was overly loud and just about every time either the mother or the father would lamely utter some, less than convincing, admonition to be quite and to not be disruptive again. There was even a couple of times that the mom started counting.....1.....2.....3, like that was really going to put the fear into this already unruly and disruptive munchkin. The only time that I was FINALLY able to enjoy the remainder of my meal was after their much appreciated departure. As we were paying our tab, the woman at the register asked us if ""everything"" was OK. I told her that the food was OK but that we were unable to fully enjoy our meal due to the disruptive nature of the family seated in the adjoining booth whereupon she chimed in that she too had heard this child being disruptive. She sympathetically looked at me and my sweetie and rather offer any sort of compensation on the tab or a NEXT visit.....she offered us some free York Peppermint Patties as compensation. Well.....what should I have expected; it's Bullock's and apparently they don't ""really"" need our patronage, but regardless, we'll more than likely be back because the food IS good and the prices aren't a rip-off. Atmosphere=1 star: Prices=2 stars: Service=3 stars: Food=3&1/2 stars (maybe four if their hush puppies were better flavored).



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Not what I'd hoped for in Southern Cooking

I was lured to Bullock's by the CitySearch ratings, but can't concur with the high marks given by previous reviewers. The chicken livers were OK, but the sides were mediocre at best. Fried okra and green beans were forgettable. Hush puppies were great. Service was adequate, but you'd never accuse them of being friendly. We'll give them another chance.

old values


Provided by Citysearch - 
Outstanding Customer Service

These folks are good! Especially Tommy Bullock, the owner/manager. I recently made a special order by phone from the Richmond area. First, my call was personally returned within 24 hours by Tommy. I explained I would be in Durham, NC for only a few hours and wanted my order ready by 5 PM. Even though the order was a special order and not on the menu, it was waiting for me when I arrived. The place was packed with customers! It was a Friday, yet my order was executed perfectly. Thanks again Tommy for a job well done!



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Super Sides!

The main offerings are top notch, of couse, but we find that most of the side dishes are really super delicious.



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They reuse food??

I have only eaten there once, we ordered the family style... now I am completely grossed out to know that they serve food that has already been on someone eles' table. What if they coughed or sneezed on the food? OMG, I don't even want to think about it. There is no way this is acceptable per Health Inspection regulations.. right? We didn't eat all of the first round of food and I felt bad about wasting so much, the server told me they would reuse it... I didn't believe them, I thought they were kidding until I read this post. I know this restaurant has been around for a long time, and I know they don't need MY business... so I won't be back.



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Salmonella poisoning from cole slaw! beware



Provided by Citysearch - 
they reuse food

everything that they send out to the family style brunswick stew, slaw, green beans...they reuse it...whatever is not eaten they put back in with the other food and's nasty. they get rid of the good help...there were three girls that were young and were on top of things...they got rid of them and kept the people that are on drugs...don't show up or show up late and are high or hung over....and they are so slow when it comes to waiting on tables.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Thing I Miss Most About the South

You don't go to Bullock's for the decor or if you want something fancy, you go for the home-y, delicious comfort food. Bullock's has the best BBQ I've found anywhere, and I eat a lot of BBQ! If you've never tried NC BBQ (instead of Texas or Memphis BBQ), you really should try it. It's not for everyone, but you really taste the actual meat instead of just the sauce and it can be fantastic if done right - like they do it at Bullock's and have been for many, many years! Bullock's also has great sides (the best are the hush puppies, another souther mainstay). Personally I think their greenbeans are over cooked, but I know a lot of people who like them like that and swear by them. Whenever I make it back to NC, Bullock's is the first place I go. It's truly a taste of home! Don't miss it!



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Great Eastern NC BBQ

My favorite BBQ restaurant. I took Jamie & Bobby Deen there last week and they were delighted with the food, menu, Tommy's visit to our table.




The best BBQ & everything else is excellent food. Lived there 60 years & always the best. I live in myrtle beach now & can not find good BBQ here at all. Tommy does an excellent job.

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