16 Tasty Places To Eat In Roxboro, NC in 2024

Homestead Steakhouse in Roxboro, NC

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You may think it’s just a small country town, but you’ll be surprised at all the fantastic places to eat and things to do in Roxboro, NC. 

It’s just an hour north of Raleigh or Durham, and certainly worth the drive. So get ready to hop in your car, because we’re going to a couple of steakhouses, a BBQ joint, a gourmet popcorn shop as well as many other mouth-watering places. I think you’ll love the Roxboro Restaurants I have in store for you.

And when you’re done, check out all the great breweries and vineyards in the area.


💥These restaurants are ranked in no particular order – I had to include this disclaimer because the locals bombarded me with emails when they thought I was ranking the restaurants from best to worse. I have dined at all of these restaurants, some several times, and I can honestly recommend them all.

1 – Clarksville Station

Clarksville Station Steakhouse Owner Bryan Day

Clarksville Station is an actual train station that was relocated from Clarksville, VA, to Roxboro, NC, in 1975 to open as a restaurant. 

And if that’s not cool enough, wait ’till you see the attached train cars added onto the sides that serve as additional dining rooms. Also, there’s an attached water tower turned private dining room as well.

Bryan Day Owner Of Clarksville Station Restaurant In Roxboro, NC

Owner, Bryan Day, purchased the property in August 2019 after it had suffered much neglect and re-opened it just one month later. During that month, he remodeled the main dining room, hired a new chef, and revamped the menu.

The restaurant is already thriving, and Bryan plans to remodel the remaining rooms with the modern ambient style he used in the main dining room.

Clarksville Station in Roxboro, NC Steak Platter

Dinner here is out-of-this-world. We had a sampler platter with the Ribeye, Marinated Chicken Haimson, Loaded Baked Potato, Sweet Potato, and Seaboard Shrimp.

The ribeye and chicken are so tender and juicy you can cut them with a fork (seriously). The fresh quality of the shrimp works wonderfully in the savory garlic-butter sauce it’s sauteed in. 

Everything was of the highest quality and seasoned perfectly; even the leftovers we took home tasted phenomenal the next day. (Breakfast isn’t too early for steak and shrimp, right?)

The rice pilaf the chicken came on as well as the loaded baked potato were equally delicious.

Clarksville Station Skeeta Currier's Cheescake

For dessert, we were treated to one of the best slices of cheesecake we’ve ever had. This is Skeeta Currier’s Famous Double Chocolate Walnut Brownie Cheesecake

Skeeta is a cameraman at WTVD in Raleigh. On the side, he makes his ultra-creamy, perfectly tart cheesecakes for some of the area’s best restaurants. It’s worth it to stop by just for this. But honestly, I could say that for all the menu items we tried.

Clarksville Station is on its way to becoming a landmark restaurant in Roxboro, NC. I highly suggest you stop by and see the amazing transformation.

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Clarksville Station
4080 Durham Road
Roxboro, North Carolina 27573

2 – Smokey Dave’s BBQ

(Update – Smokey Dave’s Restaurant has closed, but they have a food truck that offers their delicious BBQ. If you see them around Roxboro, I highly suggest you snag some of their awesome BBQ. It really is some of the best you can get.)
Smokey Dave's BBQ in Roxboro, NC

If you’re looking for mouth-watering BBQ in Roxboro, Smokey Dave’s has got you covered. 

They offer BBQ pork and chicken as well as ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade chips, and fried okra.

A plate of BBQ, beans, coleslaw and cornbread from Smokey Dave's BBQ

I’ve been here several times with my family because it’s one of our favorite BBQ joints.

On my recent trip, I ordered the Pulled Pork Plate with Coleslaw and BBQ Baked Beans. My husband usually gets the BBQ Sandwich with Hush Puppies, and my daughter always goes for the Ribs.

Above is Dave Burch, the owner, next to his smoke pit and also with his wife. In addition to his restaurant, he also runs a successful catering business.

During my visit, he spent a lot of time talking to his customers and making sure they were happy with their experience.

I love the 2 different BBQ sauces offered at Smokey Dave’s. 

Bird Bath is a sweet sauce he developed for his son. Hog Wash is his vinegar-based sauce.

Three bottles of Smokey Dave's BBQ Sauce

You can purchase these sauces at the restaurant, online, or in several stores in NC. 

Smokey Dave’s BBQ 
1039 N Madison Blvd #4528, Roxboro, NC 27573

3 – Brookland Eats

Brookland Eats Restaurant, Roxboro, NC

Brookland Eats is one of my family’s favorite places to eat in Roxboro, NC. My daughter usually insists on going here every time we visit our lakehouse rental at Mayo Lake.

Housed in a renovated early 1900s historical building, Brooklyn Eats has just the right ambiance for an upscale eatery with a casual atmosphere.

Fish Tacos Brookland Eats

I usually order one of two things when I go here: Beef Tacos or Strawberry Salad with Salmon. Both are always fresh, delicious, and flavorful!

The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Cuban Sandwich are also family favorites.

A Girl and her dog at Brookland Eats
Outdoor Patio at Brookland Eats, Roxboro, NC

With the addition of a beautiful outdoor dining patio, Brookland Eats has become even more of a family favorite since we can bring along our furry family member.

Brookland Eats 
333 Old Durham Rd, Roxboro, NC 27573

4 – Golden Grill Asian Bistro

Golden Grill Asian Bistro in Roxboro, NC

My husband and I decided to try this Asian restaurant on a whim, and we were pleasingly surprised!

Hot & Sour Soup with fried wontons

We started our meal with the Hot and Sour Soup, and I can honestly say it was as good or better than any Hot and Sour Soup I’ve had!

They also brought some fried wonton strips to snack on or put in the soup which was an unexpected surprise.

Steak Teriyaki and General Tso' Chicken and rice

The lunch special on Golden Grill’s menu is a great value; I ordered the Steak Teriyaki, and my husband tried General Tso’ Chicken.

Both of our dishes were divine, and we decided we definitely need to come back with the rest of the family.

Golden Grill Asian Bistro 
813 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573

5 – O’Kelly’s Deli & Pastries

O'Kelly's Deli & Pastries Roxboro, NC

O’Kelly’s is known for their fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries.

Their sandwiches come piled high with gourmet meats and loaded with toppings like cheese, pickles, lettuce, jalapenos, tomatoes, banana peppers, mustard, and mayo. (You get to choose your toppings.)

I love their Chef Salad with house-made Balsamic Vinaigrette and they offer several other salads as well, like potatoes and macaroni. 

O'Kelly's Deli Ham Sandwich
O'Kelly's Deli & Pastries Lemon Blueberry Cake

Fresh pastries are delivered to the store daily. They have fantastic cinnamon rolls, cookies, doughnuts, and cake. 

Featured above is their Lemon Blueberry Cake. Trust me, it’s to die for!

O’Kelly’s Deli & Pastries
315 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573

6 – The Homestead Steakhouse

Sunset over Homestead Steakhouse Sign

Customers drive from far and wide to experience this great steakhouse in Timberlake, NC, which is just 10 minutes from Roxboro.

And it really is an experience! With seating for 900 people, a lovely gift shop, beautiful seasonal decor, country buffet, incredible salad bar, and Certified Angus Beef steaks, there’s something to make everyone happy.

I ordered the Chopped Steak that came smothered in bacon, mushrooms, and cheese. My husband enjoyed the Sauteed Scallops and Fries.

We shared this yummy Hot Fudge Cake and it was so large we couldn’t finish it all.

Hot Fudge Cake from the Homestead Steakhouse in Roxboro, NC

The Homestead Steakhouse 
205 Frank Timberlake Rd, Timberlake, NC 27583

7 – La Cocina Mexican Restaurant

La Cocina, Roxboro, NC

Looking for the tastes of Mexico in a family, friendly environment? 

La Cocina has a wonderful array of authentic, zesty Mexican dishes.

Beef Taco and Chicken Quesadilla from La Cocina

My husband had the combination platter with the Beef Taco and Chicken Quesadilla.

Carne Asada from La Cocina in Roxboro, NC

Here is the tender Carne Asada I ordered, which came with the perfect Refried Beans and Rice.

La Cocina 
241 S Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573

8 – Hopper’s Poppers Gourmet Popcorn & Candy

Hopper's Poppers Roxboro, NC

Time out for some sweet talk.

Hopper’s Poppers recently came to Roxboro, and as soon as I got the word, I headed there with my daughter.

Hopper's Poppers Store

It’s a cute store with a country vibe that offers flavored popcorn, ice-cream, and chocolate-covered candy.

I love that they let you sample the different popcorn flavors! 

My daughter liked the Hurricane flavor, however, my favorite was the chocolate.

My husband raves about the chocolate milkshake he ordered here on a separate visit.

Hopper’s Poppers 
234 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573

9 – Rox City Grill

Rox City Grill, Roxboro, North Carolina

Open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner every day but Sunday, Rox City Grill offers tasty, country-home cookin’.

You’ll find a wide variety of items to choose from, including all-day breakfast choices, sandwiches, and country dinners like Chicken Casserole and Fried Okra.

Ground Steak from Rox City Grill, Roxboro, NC

I choose the daily special which was Ground Steak topped with Peppers and Onions with Green Beans and Pinto Beans on the side. It worked perfectly with my Weight Watchers diet.

They bring in beautiful baked goods from Windmill Bakers in South Boston, so you’ll always find tempting cookiescakes, and pastries here.

Rox City Grill 
25c Old Durham Rd, Roxboro, NC 27573

10 – Eden’s Grill & Pizza

Wood-Fired Pizza, Eden's Grill, Roxboro, NC

If you’re in the mood for wood-fired pizza, pasta, falafel, or calzones, Eden’s Pizza has all that and much more. 

They even offer delivery if you can’t get out the door after a hard day of playing at the lake.

Salad Bar

I’m always on the look-out for a well-stocked salad bar with fresh veggies, and that’s what I found at Eden’s Grill.

Chicken Kabob from Eden's Grill a place to eat in Roxboro, NC

My son and his friend enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Kabobs that come with a tantalizing Hummus Dip.

Gyro Sandwich

Also on the menu is this Lamb Gyro Sandwich with cucumber sauce.

Combo Pizza

This half Hawaiian, half Mediterranean Pizza had the perfect crunchy/chewy crust with mouth-watering toppings. 

We’ll definitely be back!

Eden’s Grill & Pizza 
301 S Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573

11 – N. Main Street Tacos

Spicy Pork Tacos from La Veracruzna, Roxboro, NC
Pork Tacos

The locals (and my family) loves N. Main Street Tacos. They serve traditional Mexican cuisine like tortas, burritos, and enchiladas. 

Chicken Empanadas
Chicken Empanadas

The Chicken Empanadas pictured above were crispy on the outside and savory on the inside.  Furthermore, the beans and rice had the perfect flavor.

Something that makes this Mexican restaurant stand out from others is that they have breakfast on the menu. Breakfast entrees include, Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Burritos.

Pro tip: Try the Fruit Water, it’s a housemade drink with seasonal fruit.

N. Main Street Tacos 
1136 N Main Street, Roxboro, NC 27573

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12 – Tricia’s Espresso

Tricia's Expresso outdoor seating in Roxboro, NC

So I suppose we could allow our men-folk to come here, but this was the perfect stop for a lady’s lunch with three of my favorite gals: my daughter, my SIL, and my furry friend. (If you look closely, you’ll see the last one.)

Lunch items at Tricia's Espresso

Tricia’s Expresso offers the perfect girl-get-together foods like soups, salads, and sandwiches  (okay, I know guys eat these, too) and of course, all the hot and cold espresso beverages you could desire.

Drinks from Tricia's Expresso, a place to eat in Roxboro, NC

Whomever you choose to bring with you, I’m sure they’ll love the selection and atmosphere at this lovely cafe.

Tricia’s Espresso 
43 Abbitt St, Roxboro, NC 27573

13 – Timberland Restaurant

Timberland Restaurant Sign in Roxboro, NC

The Timberland Restaurant is part of the Timberland Motel. I know what you’re thinking, a restaurant hooked to a motel is no place for great dining. 

Think again!

I totally surprised my husband when I took him here for a delicious, affordable meal, including drinks and dessert for just $20.

I ordered the fabulous Turkey Club Sandwich for $4.99. My husband ordered the tasty, yet straightforward Country Ham Sandwich for $4.69.

For dessert, we tried the Lemon Cake and the Egg Pie.

What in the world is Egg Pie, you might ask? That’s what we thought, so we decided to give it a try. It’s similar to custard with a vanilla-lemon flavor. It was creamy goodness. 

And the lemon cake was tangy, moist, and flavorful.

Timberland Restaurant
722 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573

14 – Open Kettle

Open Kettle Restaurant Roxboro, NC

The Open Kettle Restaurant in Roxboro, NC is a family-friendly restaurant that serves up delicious Southern cuisine.

The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere, and the staff is always friendly and welcoming.

Some of our favorite dishes at the Open Kettle include the fried chicken, the BLT sandwiches, and the peach cobbler.

The food is always simple, delicious, and affordable. 

Open Kettle
631 S Morgan St, Roxboro, NC 27573

15 – Biscuitville

Oatmeal from Biscuitville in Roxboro, NC
Breakfast from Biscuitville in Roxboro, NC

If you’re ever near a Biscuitville, you’re crazy if you don’t stop by!

They are only open for breakfast and lunch, so be sure to get there by 2 PM. 

Biscuitville is known for their amazing biscuits, sausage, bacon, eggs, and coffee.  And I love that they also offer oatmeal!

402 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573

16 – Sweet Tooth Bakery

Oatmeal Pie from Sweet Tooth Bakery in Roxboro, NC
A latte from Sweet Tooth Bakery in Roxboro, NC

This quaint bakery has become the go-to spot for doughnuts and pastries in Roxboro.

Their doughnuts are so popular, people line up at the door 15 minutes prior to opening. Doughnuts sell out within minutes.

If you want to be sure to get your doughnuts, go to their Facebook page and order the day before.

They also sell cupcakes, cookies, lattes, and more.

Sweet Tooth Bakery
25A Old Durham Rd, Roxboro, NC 27573

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Looking for a place to stay in Roxboro, NC?  Check out my lakehouse rental, or my favorite hotel in Roxboro, the Hampton Inn.

What are your favorite places to eat in Roxboro, NC? Please share in the comments!

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12 Responses

  1. I hope you will add The Open Kettle Restaurant to your places to eat in Roxboro, NC! The Open Kettle has been a trusted fixture in Roxboro for many years under Tina Davis Dixon. The Open Kettle is famous for their good, country-cooking’ foods, low-carb selections, and fresh homemade desserts! Located at 631 S. Morgan Street in Roxboro.

  2. Would love for you to try Clarksville Station in Roxboro. My family and I took on the project of revitalizing it after a time of disparity for this local establishment. Has been around since 1975.

  3. Please try the Old Country Club Steakhouse . This is one of my family’s favorite place to eat. We have been going there for well over 45 years. Best steaks around!

    1. Thanks for recommending the Old Country Club Steakhouse. It’s been on my list of restaurants to try but I haven’t been able to get there yet. I will try to get there soon.

  4. It is unbelievable that you would write about the best places to eat in Roxboro and not list The Old Country Club Steak House. Perhaps you have never been there??? It may be a few miles west of town, but near Hyco lake, has been in business since the 1970’s, and a very popular restaurant for the area and southern Virginia. By the way, you may favor Mayo, but Hyco has camping in addition to the beach, as well as cabins for rent, a full service convenience store with gas pumps on the lake, and a restaurant {Bouys}. I and if you are going to report factually , do some more research and interview some local residents. I am not being critical, just adding constructive criticism.

    1. Thanks for letting me know how much you love The Old Country Club Steakhouse. I’ve been wanting to get there but just haven’t had time yet. I will definitely try to get there and hopefully add it to my list.

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