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Flip's

5818 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC - (910) 799-6350
Definitive Eastern North Carolina barbecue in a 1950-vintage smoke house. Side dishes for chopped butt include hush puppies, fried corn nuggets and deep-fried mac & cheese.
70% Approval Rating (10 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Barbecue Sandwich
Sliced Barbecue Sandwich
Barbecue Plate
Baked Beans
Banana Pudding
Flip Burger
Corn Nuggets
Brunswick Stew
Fried Mac & Cheese

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (11)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Opened in 1950 by Leonard "Flip" Watts and taken over in 1986 by Bob Church, who remains its chief cook, host, and welcoming ringmaster, this roadside smoke house is one big, airy room with booths and a counter. Barbecue aficionados will feel a warm glow the moment ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Rountree
December 02, 2011
"I used to live behind Flip's and, being without a car, I would eat here quite often. It is very good food, and they have a nice selection of sides. My only complaints: it's a little expensive for the amount of food that you get. Their portions are relatively small ..."   [Read More]
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Heidi E.
June 17, 2011
"We were racing out the door for a two-night trip to Wilmington and I realized I hadn't checked with Roadfood about where we should go! I'm so happy I remembered. Flip's closes a little earlier than you might expect for dinner, but we made it just in time. ..."   [Read More]
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Aaron Metcalf
February 26, 2011
"Flip's was a wonderful, pleasant experience. The owner/cook and server Bob Church is a great guy to talk to, and the food he serves is extraordinary. I ordered the pork ribs and pulled pork BBQ with fried okra and green beans. The BBQ ribs fell off the bone. The ..."   [Read More]
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Janet Smith
January 26, 2011
"I was visiting my boyfriend, who had just moved to Wilmington, when we read about this place and decided to try it. It was great. I got the barbecue sandwich (with tasty coleslaw on top and baked beans on the side) and my boyfriend got the sliced BBQ sandwich and ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

5818 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC
(910) 799-6350

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
A definitive eastern North Carolina barbecue sandwich: While cole slaw is optional, its mustard-tinged crunch pairs perfectly with the smooth, smoky pork hash.
"A definitive eastern North Carolina barbecue sandwich: While cole slaw is optional, its mustard-tinged crunch pairs perfectly with the smooth, smoky pork hash."
Michael Stern





To eaters accustomed to sauce-smothered 'que with pyrotechnical flavor antics, this style is a shock. It is an unsauced duet of smoke and swine, a good example of the Bauhaus maxim that less is more.
"To eaters accustomed to sauce-smothered 'que with pyrotechnical flavor antics, this style is a shock. It is an unsauced duet of smoke and swine, a good example of the Bauhaus maxim that less is more."
Michael Stern


Flip's sauce is tart, peppery and a magnificent complement for smoky pork. It is sold by the jarful, and proprietor Bob Church said he soon will be set up for mail-order.
"Flip's sauce is tart, peppery and a magnificent complement for smoky pork. It is sold by the jarful, and proprietor Bob Church said he soon will be set up for mail-order."
Michael Stern


The fried bologna sandwich is known here as the Flip burger. Add chili and cole slaw and that makes it ''all the way.''
"The fried bologna sandwich is known here as the Flip burger. Add chili and cole slaw and that makes it ''all the way.''"
Cliff Strutz


Nuggets of fried creamed sweet corn are a wanton indulgence.
"Nuggets of fried creamed sweet corn are a wanton indulgence."
Michael Stern


Here is how the mac & cheese arrives. Each piece is easy to pick up and makes an exciting alternative to hush puppies.
"Here is how the mac & cheese arrives. Each piece is easy to pick up and makes an exciting alternative to hush puppies."
Michael Stern


Deep-fried macaroni & cheese
"Deep-fried macaroni & cheese"
Michael Stern


Cool, soothing, sweet, and creamy banana pudding is an ideal dessert after a good hot barbecue meal.
"Cool, soothing, sweet, and creamy banana pudding is an ideal dessert after a good hot barbecue meal."
Michael Stern


Beau, the house mascot, spends his day snoozing on a couch near Flip's front door.
"Beau, the house mascot, spends his day snoozing on a couch near Flip's front door."
Michael Stern


Flip's has been a destination barbecue parlor since Harry Truman was president. Its motto: Best BBQ West of the Atlantic Ocean.
"Flip's has been a destination barbecue parlor since Harry Truman was president. Its motto: Best BBQ West of the Atlantic Ocean."
Michael Stern


I've yet to try the chicken or ribs, but based on pork alone, I sure intend to return to this friendly eatery.
"I've yet to try the chicken or ribs, but based on pork alone, I sure intend to return to this friendly eatery."
Michael Stern


The original Flip's, 1957. The Flipburger -- a fried boloney sandwich -- still is on the menu.
"The original Flip's, 1957. The Flipburger -- a fried boloney sandwich -- still is on the menu."
Michael Stern



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