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16:04 05 Apr 17
Always friendly. If you go more than a few times the owner knows your names - he really knows how to build and maintain rapport with his customers. Great food, wonderful local BBQ joint. Veggie options are all tasty and the deserts are very good as well.
23:30 06 Jun 17
Undoubtedly the best brisket and pulled pork I have ever eaten. The cole slaw potato salad is just like mom used to make. And then there's Charlie. Treated my wife and I like family. First time eating with Charlie, but already craving for more.
17:36 05 Jun 17
Now this is good southern food coming for a southern! Very nice staff, clean and the owner is a gentleman
22:52 09 Jun 17
Charlie is awesome, the food is amazing and the staff is fantastic. I love eating here!
22:43 13 Jun 17
EVERYTHING about my 1st experience here today was wonderful! I'm traveling on business yet the warm welcome offered by the staff, the amazing taste of the tender beef brisket, homemade potato salad and fried okra all paired with the genuine smile and delivery by Charlie himself gave me relaxed feeling of being home.
22:15 24 Jun 17
Nice place & nice people good food.
00:19 02 Jul 17
Owner is nice and made us feel welcome. Food was delicious.
21:28 22 Aug 17
Stopped in and was not disappointed! Pulled pork and brisket were excellent! The owner and staff were very friendly
16:27 31 Aug 17
Charlie's has the best BBQ and slaw I have ever tasted. It is a great place to take the whole family.
21:22 29 Sep 17
Loving all kinds of BBQ, we like to try different venues across the country. Having grown up on Kansas City style BBQ and sauces....thick, sweet, and smoky, one needs to understand, there is no "correct" way to BBQ. We were looking for best BBQ in Clayton North Carolina, and our Google search recommended Charlie's BBQ. We had the Brisket dinner and it was excellent! The employees were very kind, attentive, and accommodating. Then there is Charlie himself, what a kind, hospitable, and engaging man. He came out and sat with us for almost an hour discussing different BBQ styles. We can't decide whether his BBQ, or he himself, was the best part of Charlies BBQ and Grill. We would highly recommend!
14:48 28 Sep 17
Great food from even better people! Always polite and courteous. Charlie is one of the good people in this world and it's a blessing to know him. Love the Bbq and sides.
19:18 05 Oct 17
Delicious bbq and owner, Charlie, introduced himself when we walked in and was super friendly. We will definitely be returning!!
22:49 11 Nov 17
I don't give 5 star ratings but if any place deserves it it's Charlie's. BBQ is great, staff are friendly and Charlie has never met a stranger.
19:37 24 Nov 17
Great owner, great food, Carolina bbq, beef brisket, Brunswick stew, all great food. Take out, cater. Highly suggested
02:34 02 Dec 17
I have visited many, many BBQ establishments in the quest for the best and can say with certainty that Charlie's is the absolute best BBQ! The pulled pork is tender and mixed with just enough of the delicious vinegar-based sauce. I had to have TWO sandwiches! Charlie is personable, speaking to all guests enjoying the BBQ. If you are in the area, this is THE BBQ you want and if you are not in the area, it is worth the drive!
12:27 15 Dec 17
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05:15 06 Jan 18
Tiny mom and pop restaurant with really good food, generous portions, and friendly service.
17:50 20 Jan 18
Delicious tender barbecue, sauce is amazing, best Brunswick stew I’ve ever had. I met who I’m assuming is Charlie, very friendly and hospitable. Definitely will be coming back
Based on 62 Reviews
Best barbecue in Johnston County! It also helps that the staff is very friendly. Charlie is a great guy, and always makes sure he speaks with you!! The...
Great local flavor. Had the pleasure of meeting Charlie himself. He was super nice and remember everyone's name including mine. We stopped here as a...
On our way to Durham, looking for a place for lunch. Off I40 for about 4 miles. We found this little BBQ gem. Charlie the owner even came out to greet us....
Will will not go away hungry! The brisket is more like a pot roast. Not Texas style.. pulled pork and sides were very good.
I had the opportunity to meet Charlie the owner of the restaurant which made me understand why the food was so great being that the owner took ownership and...
The 'cue was good for sure but the sides really stood out at Charlie's! Fried okra, baked beans, Mac n cheese, potato salad, homemade chips, and collards...
Widely considered one of the best bbq places in the Clayton and Garner area, the hometown feel makes it a great place for a great meal anytime. The owner...
I thought this place was pretty good for a little hole in the wall bbq joint, the staff is extremely friendly which I like however although the food is good...
I had the beef brisket plate with green beans and fried yellow squash. I love brisket and the brisket here was quite good. Really good by north carolina...
This place has a multitude of entree's to choose from. All of which are awesome. I have yet to find something that I don't like. Charlie is a super nice guy...
Charlies BBQ is a top notch locally owned and operated restaurant with great food and a friendly staff. I think Mr. Charlie has gone out of his way to greet...
Amy Lee Storms
As always the food was great. Something I noticed while I was there was the number of young people that came in after school to eat and fellowship with each other. Was nice to see those young people making memories and a big call out to Charlie for becoming such a point of destination for these young people!!
Great food and Charlie always so friendly! Our favorite BBQ place.
Flora Mendiola Cing-Wiggins
Sara Houtz McLawhorn
Best BBQ I've ever had, if you want the best this is where it's at!!! I 100% recommend coming here, my family loves it! Charlie and his staff are amazing, very friend, you feel right at home as soon as you walk in the door!!!�
Suzette DiPete Taylor
Fantastic place, the owner Charlie is a wonderful man and sat with us for a bit. We liked it so much, we went back a second day in a row to have lunch. The food is awesome, no extra sauce required but his secret vinager blend was to die for.... Hush puppies served warm and oh so good. My mouth is watering for more. Don't find many places like this anymore, best staff and food in town. Stop by to see them, you will be happy you did.
Great food & a wonderful hometown atmosphere! Charlie, the owner, is a great person and always makes our family feel very welcomed!
Judy Walker Truelove
Today was my first time visiting the Grille and meeting Charlie. Wonderful food, but more amazing was the chance to sit and talk with him. He came over to my table and we talked for quite a while. It was such a blessing to me to talk about GOD, HIS creations and family. Thank you Mr. Charlie.
James Elledge Jr.
Some of the best BBQ you'll ever eat, and the sauce makes it even better. I LOVE the Sweet Potato Casserole, and the Fried Okra is awesome!! The service has always been great. If you haven't been, go check it out.��
great food? great services and Charlie is greay guy and always make you feel at home
Delicious food and meeting Carlie is the best. I wish I could pick up and take out food to Canada. ��
Beth Branch Marcom
Yummy food, real nice friendly folks! We will definitely be back!
Ok so this New Yorker loves this southern spot. I am a diva when it comes to food and I will tell you hands down I love this place. My favorites are the collard greens and the fried flounder. I also love how friendly Charlie is and always greets all his customers. The food here is yummy �
Lou Bain III
Leslie Shelor Whitman
William J Duclos Jr.
Charlie has the best sweet potato casserole around and I love his BBQ and chicken. Very friendly atmosphere, stop by and give Charlies a try, you will not be disappointed. Thanks Charlie!!
Charlie always thanks ks you for coming in. Everyone is so nice and the food is incredible! If you're real hungry order the Duke combo.
Dawn Howard Weaver
Food is awesome owner is better! Great man! See you again next week
Absolutely wonderful! We are from northwest Ohio. We didn't get into hotel here till late, we went to eat there and they were closing. They welcomed us in and made no rush even though they were closing! Charlie talked with us, making us feel very welcomed and the staff was great! The food was more than excellent! My experience was a 12/10! Absolutely wonderful and exceeded all our expectations! Thank you Charlie and your staff for the amazing experience!
Ronda Lin Altstadt
Delicious food and excellent service!!Charlie personally greeted us when we walked in the door �
Lorene Cash Wilson
Exceptional service and even better food and a very welcoming environment.
I'd eat here everyday if I could! Love Charlie's BBQ!
The food is outstanding and Charlie is there to greet you with a smile and old war stories.
I'm 63 years old & I have eaten BBQ around the world & it doesn't get any better than Charlie's. Yum yum.
Great Brisket!! The Sauce its marinated in is great. Great Owners too.
Kim Fearrington Darnell
Colleen Mazza Kinser
Great food, great people! I've never had anything on their menu that wasn't amazing!
Charlie and his staff are so friendly and welcoming, and they have the best BBQ I've ever had.
Carol Johnston Papineau
Silliw Nnyl Refinnej
Great food and very friendly staff. Mr. Charlie is so personable and genuinely happy for his customers coming in. We love going there, especially our 4 year old son Mark!
William Carlton Dean
Great BBQ. Try the sides! And don't forget the dessert!
The food was great! Even after the ride home the food was hot and fresh! Will definitely be going back!
Marlene Cutler Rue
I love the way the BBQ and slaw are made. I never was a big BBQ fan but this is the best I've had in a long time. The hushpuppies are made just the way I like them!
Charlie may be retired from the Highway Patrol -- but he still has a license to GRILLE. His BBQ is so good, it'll make you want to return something you didn't steal. Friendly folks, signature sides - and meat sweats. Pull over for the pulled pork. Thanks Charlie..
I really like to eat here! I try to make sure that it is lunch time when I am working in the area. Charlie is a real friendly guy that makes sure everyone is happy. And the food is OUTSTANDING!
Ellender Parrish Ammons
Just tried it this week. Some of the best BBQ I've tasted since the old days when we were doing a lot of pig pickings. Will definitely be seeing you more!!
Great to have good food right around the corner, and a very friendly greeting when you dine in
I had the BBQ chicken instead of my usual brisket or pork and I was absolutely delighted. 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Charlie Ann Ennis
Jan Spicknell Salhoff
Everything is delicious. Charlie and his staff makes everyone feel welcome. We love this place and also use it for catering (church, dinners, and of course, Cleveland Band events☺)
Michel Almond de Champagne
Really good food. I liked how nice every one was. We will go back soon
Molly Robert Gurley
J Derrell White
Food was great! Charlie himself came out sat and chat with me as well!
Really good bbq and hush puppies. This place is fantastic!
Excellent food all around. That hickory smoked BBQ is really special. The baked beans and Brunswick stew are too. Charlie's socializing is an added extra.
Jason A Rackley
The food is always great! Charlie and his staff always make you feel welcome!!!
Best BBQ! Family friendly and love seeing Mr. Charlie!
Jerri Dorsey Hall
Had lunch today at Charlie's And the was great. Had the burger with Pimento cheese with lettuce and tomato with a side of seasoned fries great!
Awesome food. Friendly staff and Mr Charlie was a pleasure to talk to. Hickory smoked BBQ and the BBQ Chicken was finger licking good. I found a new favorite place to eat. Highly recommend. Good Job Charlie's!
great food!!! and homemade cakes and pies -----!!!
Best barbecue ever. The taste is simply the best. I've been around the world and had plenty of other style of bbq. But I'm happy to come back home and happy to be living near Charlie's BBQ
Christa-Ann Rhodes Honeycutt
Brisket sandwich was incredible, ty for letting us order 10min b4 you close, fries are to die for. And that homemade Brunswick stew is lip smacking good. Ty Charlie too for meeting our family and making us feel so welcome. We will be back soon. The Honeycutt's �
Awesome food...one of my favorite places to eat..And Mr. Charlie make you feel so welcome. ..
Jack D LaForge
Best darn bbq in North Carolina Charlie is a great host and so is his food.
Short Mullins Jeanne
We tried it last night. We showed up near closing, but the staff was great. Was tipped them well. The bbq is so good if does not required any sauce! They have the magic recipe of great service and food.
Ed Heafy Jr.
Catherine Lucie Moody
Michael P Smith
Laura Wing Parker
The BBQ is AWESOME. I tried almost everything and I can't decide which BBQ is better. Spare ribs may have my vote by just a bit but there is NOTHING I wouldn't have again & again. The food was only topped by the friendly helpful service in the style of a causal BBQ joint.
This is definitely one of the best locally owned BBQ places I have ever eaten at.. The customer service what amazing and I actually got to meet Charlie himself in person and he is such a down-to-earth family oriented guy.. I will definitely be coming back for more that good Southern BBQ!!!
Wonderful food! Great hometown environment. And most of all, wonderful fellowship with Charlie.
Nicki Helms Williams
LOVE this place!!! Food and staff are great!!!You must try.
Thanks for catering the shower for my brother and sister-in-law!!! It was a HUGE hit!!! We love Charlie's BBQ and now our friends and families do too!!
Terrific place. The brisket was some of the best I've had. Cannot wait to go back and try something else. Everyone was friendly and Charlie took the time to come out to introduce himself and ask our names. We'll be back soon.
Jessica D. Atkinson
Kelley Bridges Morse
If you haven't tried Charlie's BBQ, you're missing out! Charlie's catered my husband's birthday party and two weeks later, people are still talking about how good the food was!
Michelle Horvath Hardy
Awesome bbq! The sauce is amazing, even on the ice cream 🙂 Can't wait for my next meal at Charlie's.
Tammie K Wells
Charlie did the catering for my daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner. The food was excellent and there was way more than enough to feed our group of 40. Everybody seemed to enjoy it. Several people that live in the greater Raleigh area said they would have to go to Charlie's another time to get some more. And you won't meet a nicer guy than Charlie!
Lisa Roy Kuras
You have to try Charlie's BBQ!!! It is the best BBQ!!!!!! All of the food is delicious!! All homemade, even the yummy desserts. This is awesome food and Charlie is one of the nicest people that you will ever meet.
Frank Della Rosa
One of my favorite places to eat. great food. Mr. Charlie is always great to see.
Andria Basden Barnes
Delicious! Best bbq and stew I've ever had! Bbq sauce was so good!
Danny Beasley Jr.
I have known Charlie Carden since 1997! I had the honor of working with this outstanding man and friend for years! And he is still wonderful was there was lunch today and as always the food and company was great! I am going to see if we cannot get him On Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Love you Charlie see you soon!
Great BBQ and great Customer service. Will be back again!
Jess D Spencer
Best BBQ in the Cleveland area!! The owners are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Definitely worth the drive down to our small community to eat at this restaurant!
Dena Sealey Holleman
True down home southern BBQ, great food and great service
Loved the food. Charlie was so nice. He came out to introduce himself and talked witb us. One of my favorite places to eat now!
The best BBQ in town. Folks kept telling us about Charlies, and we finally got around to going there about 6 months ago. We were so impressed, we now go at least once a month. All of the items on his menu are made on site and are absolutely delicious. If you haven't been, you need to try it....I think you'll love it!
Chrissy Rhinehart Claypool
Awesome food and Charlie is a great guy. Charlie went out of his way to come by and talk to our family, ask about us, where we were from, etc and strike up a conversation. A true class act!
Elder Matthew Raines Sr.
Best barbecue & beef brisket around!!!! Will melt in your mouth!!
Ain't no better food or hospitality anywhere!
Bless Charlie Carden & Charlie's BBQ & GrilleMy story/ Review found at both sites & at New York DJ Shortly! Stay tuned...In the mean time...What are you'll waiting for Isn't your Platejust salivating for some home cooking with extra love Head on over to Charlie'sYou will never be disappointed & walk away Happy & Fulfilled Tell everyone If you want quality food, prepared with love...Charlie's is the place to be...See you'll there! mmm Yummy Just can't wait!Thanks Charlie 919 934-0043 Don't delay come on in today!
Brooke Pope Navarro
This is the best place to eat coming or going to the beach.
Allyson Hicks Carpenter
Family loves Charlie's
Best BBQ Sandwich I've ever eaten!!
Yiazelliz Y. Ellison
Just had my first sit-down meal at Charlie's...need I say more? Deliciousness! Great BBQ, very unique and it's own, Charlie's knows how to make it all.
Beth Setzer Wingard
Donald Andrew Lowery
Great food with a delicious and distinctive BBQ sauce. I give it my highest recommendation
Donna Jones Gainey
Love the food and the owners!!! Best barbecue,hands down!
Heather Murray Kelmell
The food was awesome. I will be back again.
Bobbie Jo Scott
Sarah Ellen Middendorf
Angela Johnson Hobbs
I received an Eastern style BBQ tour from my son-in-law as a birthday present. We started with Charlie's. We arrived at lunch time and the place was humming with business. To me, that's a good sign! I ordered a BBQ sandwich with baked beans while my son-in-law ordered the brisket and okra. The sandwich was piled high with pulled BBQ and creamy coleslaw. It was sweet but not very sweet. Still had the vinegar taste. Great meat! The baked beans were good as well. The brisket was a good change from the Texas style brisket my son-in-law grew up with. He was impressed. I would like to recommend Charlie and Kim's place to everyone. The food was great and the hospitality even greater! See you next time!
Barbie Hopkins Frickman
Angie Tant Linton
David Walker Woody
Julie Quick Brown
Christy Bilbrey Gonzales
Linda Powell Winslow
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