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The barbecue & the hamburger both tasted different from how they used to. They were ok, but not great. The booth was tight fitting & uncomfortable. The sweet tea was delicious. The employees were all very friendly and polite.
Susanne Lingafelt (Susie)
As usual, food was exceptional. Place was busy with people mingling and talking amongst themselves inside and outside. Overall jovial mood.
Although Charlotte is where I lay my head, my hometown is Dallas, NC and Gastonia is where my people are from. It's a little strange I've not mentioned RO's barbecue before. My mom & dad ate here when they were dating in high school and my grandparents were enjoying the BBQ before then. We grew up with the onion rings, the hush puppies, and of course the Cherry Lemon Sun-Drops served fountain-style with that soft crushed ice you can't get just anywhere. When a relative or old friend returns home, a stop at RO's is sure to be on the agenda. Here very recently, RO's has shifted from minced and sliced pork sandwiches to all "pulled pork" offerings which I am told are from a more tender and juicy cut, the Boston Butt. Judging from the sandwich I just polished off, the new cut delivers on both points; It was indeed TENDER and JUICY. RO's isn't it cheap however, a barbecue sandwich, onion rings, and a drink will set you back just south of 12 bucks. But that's a price folks around here are somehow still willing to pay. Top marks for flavor, service (car hop style), hometown realness, and a heavy dose of nostalgia. Pull in and have a taste. You'll be hooked on the slaw from the first bite!
As always, RO's serves up delicious food with great service. It's hard to beat their signature slaw.
Quality of food is very poor. Years ago it was awesome but not anymore. This is the 3rd time in a row. Strikeout in my book. If you want quality then go to the sister store, Black's BBQ.