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Rick's BBQ Opens On Broad
A new restaurant in Oriental
February 24, 2021

here’s a new restaurant in town – Rick’s BBQ on Broad St. TownDock stopped in to meet the owners, Rick & Gwen Ledbetter. Rick ran a BBQ restaurant before in Maryland… and it served NC BBQ. It turns out Rick has some North Carolina roots.

A middle-aged black man with a black shirt and glasses stands in front of two large windows displaying the name Rick's BBQ and two cartoon pigs.
Rick Ledbetter outside his BBQ.

Rick and Gwen first visited Oriental a few years ago, and decided this was the place. They’ve moved to town, and started Rick’s BBQ. TownDock visited Rick… here’s his story and what’s cookin’:

Rick’s BBQ is take-out only initially, open Wed to Sun, 11a until. Rick says “until” is when they run out. They might be open til 5, or they may close earlier if the BBQ sells out. 802 Broad St, phone 252-249-6400.

TownDock has sampled BBQ & ribs, and spoken to several folks who have, too. So far rave reviews.

A wooden rocking pig.  A large cracks in the wood runs a cross the pig from flank to shoulder. The large ears are pointed forward and a carved blanket, stained mahogany, serves as the saddle.A woman in a mask stands at a tall counter, taking orders from another woman in a red jacket.  Several steps behind her is a man in a baseball cap and mask, waiting his turn.A vertical sign in varying fonts advertises Pulled Pork and Brisket with sides and a salad.
Inside Oriental’s newest restaurant: BBQ decor and future dining-in possibilities. Right now, Rick’s is take-out only.

Posted Wednesday February 24, 2021 by Keith N. Smith

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