Holloway’s Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC

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Holloway's Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC, 2000 by Dean Jeffrey

One of the reasons I love Flickr:

In 2000 I shot a roll of slide film while driving around Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, and Wilson, NC. I did a lousy (i.e., zero) job of labeling the slides, and years later, when I scanned them and put them up on Flickr, I didn’t really know which slides came from which town. I tagged this shot of Holloway’s Barbecue as Goldsboro but wasn’t ever really sure that that’s where it was from. To compound things, I couldn’t find any info anywhere online about Holloway’s Barbecue. None. Nothing.

About a year later, Flickr member BODYMAN505 posted a comment that said: “The best barbecue in town. And that skillet cooked cornbread! Wow!”

Whoah! Someone who’d been there! I immediately sent him a message, saying “Hey, thanks for the comment! I was beginning to doubt that I even took this picture in Goldsboro, because I’ve never been able to find this place again. I assume it’s been torn down. Can you tell me anything else about Holloway’s? Would really appreciate any info.”

He replied with “The Holloway BBQ building is still there. It looks like it’s been renovated and used as a church or meeting place. It has no signage. It is located on West Pine Street just off N. George St. It’s about 1/2 block east of the old Guy Parker BBQ building, which is at the corner of George and Pine Streets. I used Google Maps street view.”

In 2000, the building looked like this:

Holloway's Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC

I punched up the address on Google Maps, and sure enough, it was the same place:

Not too long after that, I got a Flickr message from Holly Harper at the Goldsboro Development Corporation, asking if she could print my image of the Holloway’s Barbecue sign for the granddaughter of John Holloway, the late owner. She added that “We plan to place a historical marker on the building to commemorate the BBQ’s existence there (and we would love to find the sign!!!).”

I (of course) told her to go ahead and make the print, and asked her if she could tell me any more about the place. She replied, “I know it opened in the 1920s or 1930s and closed in 1981, a few years after Mr. Holloway, Sr. died (1977). I will keep you on my list if we end up getting an article pulled together about Holloway (& Sons) Barbecue. I really wish we could find the sign! Fingers crossed that it’s in a garage somewhere.”


Written by Dean Jeffrey

September 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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  1. first real job ,best bbq in town where is Black History

    Gilbert Bell

    January 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

  2. …..I lived in Goldsboro, NC for 12 years, from 1973 to 1985—-My mother was from Mt Olive, NC and years later my grandparents settled in Goldsboro—-The BBQ from this establishment was good but what still stands out in my mind is that ‘skillet cooked cornbread’ from Holloway’s BBQ—That is still the BEST CORNBREAD that I have ever ate from a restaurant, and trust me, I have been to a boatload of diners in my 58 years—Of course, my mother, grandmother, AND great grandmother all prepared their cornbread the same way but all of them now are in a better place we call Heaven—-The BBQ in Eastern, NC is absolutely the best that I have ever ate and not too long ago I found a restaurant down here in the Tampa Bay area where I live now and it truly features Eastern, NC BBQ and another delicacy that I crave known as the ‘hush puppy’—Those 12 years in Goldsboro were the BEST in my life for ‘ authentic, delicious, and good Southern Cooking’—I have never in my life found ANYWHERE that even comes close to this kind of food—Thanks for the memories and an even bigger craving for all of this food—-I welcome ALL articles pulled together of ALL the BBQ places in Goldsboro, past and present, and am glad to hear about placing a historical marker on the Holloway’s BBQ building and yes, I do remember this sign in the picture above……….

    R. A. Gatta

    January 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

  3. Holloway’s barbecue was probably the best barbecue in town (Goldsboro, NC)! My mom worked there from 1976 until 1983. The place closed in 1984 or 85. Everything they served was great; the barbecue, the chicken, slaw, fish, and especially the cornbread. Sometimes during the summer my mom would send food to my sister and me for lunch! Such memories!

    E. Raiford

    August 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  4. I was doing some searching on family history and somehow happened upon this article. Interesting that there was another Holloway’s bbq in Goldsboro owned by a ‘original owner John Holloway”. I thought my grandparents Hubert and Eva Mae Holloway owned the only original Holloway’s bbq place in Goldsboro that was located around that way back in the days, that also shut down in the early to mid-80’s – I’m pretty sure that when folk are referencing the black history part and the skillet cornbread, they must mean Hub & Eve’s spot located next to what was then Holloway’s Pool Hall and across the street was Holloway’s Taxi cab company, because they were the only Black couple to have owned a bbq joint called Holloway’s bbq in Goldsboro that I knew of. They also had a prime spot at the Goldsboro Farmer’s market, where much of the folk got their fresh fruits & veggies. Very interesting. I’ll now have to find out who this John Holloway is.. but yea, the Holloway’s BBQ that I know of had THE BEST food in Goldsboro.

    SHolloway- born & raised in Webb town

    February 13, 2015 at 9:09 pm

  5. I had eaten there a many times, loved their foods, I loved how the skins were chopped up in the BBQ. I live in Wilson, NC but I would drive the distance just to get their BBQ. I thought their children would take it from their father and continue to keep it opened. Wishful thinking on my part.

    Clarise L Jolley

    February 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

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