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Mary Kate Hardee
03:26 28 Dec 19
J-Top's catered a reunion for us and everyone raved about the food! Great service and reasonably priced. Excellent quality and value. Can't wait to visit the new restaurant!
12:51 15 May 19
02:24 05 Jan 20
Great food and great people. The brisket was absolutely amazing. The bbq has a great smokey flavor. Love the "Thick and sweet sauce". Really enjoyed the coleslaw, potato salad, and hush puppies. Make sure to try that mac n cheese too.
03:13 05 Jan 20
A great spot that serves the local community well. The chicken was moist and fell off the bone. Each meat had a specific sauce pairing which was delicious (I tried the pulled pork and chicken). For me, the absolute best side was the patato salad with the Mac and Cheese coming in at a close second. Did I mention the hush puppies as well? Oh and make sure to get a slice of cake and pecan pie. I plan to go back.
13:56 10 Jan 20
AMAZING!!!! Ate there for the first time and everything I had was on point. I was lucky to be there on one of the two days that they serve brisket burnt ends. The tendernous of the meat combined with the sweetness of the sauce had my taste buds fainting and begging for more. I was full half way through the meal but before I could stop myself I had eaten everything on my plate. My sides were amazing as well, I'm a huge fan of the fried okra. I look forward to returning again and again so I can try everything on the menu, and I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for some good local BBQ.
19:19 22 Jan 20
Absolutely fantastic! Food was amazing, I knew right when I took my first bite someone cared about cooking from scratch! The staff was super friendly and welcoming! Service was great! I didn't feel like I was at a run of the mill place, I felt like I was with family! Going to bring the whole family back, as far as a quality honest meal goes, this place is hard to beat!
17:26 06 Feb 20
Went there today to feed the office staff getting a to-go order this makes my 9th time eating here. Friendly Staff,Great food, very clean place, and a great location. This review has been updated since last month because the food is always good every time and I wanted to get the word out so folks can know!
19:30 07 Feb 20
I've dubbed this place "Better than Texas Barbecue" . As a native Texan, I've always preferred Texas BBQ to Carolina's. But this place is incredible. First time I've ever told my wife "I like this better than Texas"They all treat you like family the whole time you're there. A great place
17:04 16 Feb 20
I went for the first time and was incredibly impressed by J-Top's across the board. By itself the BBQ sandwich I had was delicious, and the flavor was only enhanced by the selection of sauces they make. I tried them all, and while it was a tough decision the thick and sweet sauce couldn't quite edge out the perfect balance of JTop's original sauce. The fried okra was so good I had to get a to-go order to eat on the way home. Beyond the food the staff was incredibly friendly, the owner John stopped by to ensure our meal was everything we wanted and seemed genuinely appreciative to have us there. You can tell it's a labor of love for him which is reflected in how immaculately clean the restaurant was. Will not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for top quality Eastern NC BBQ. I can't wait to return and work my way through what I have no doubt is a delicious menu.
17:23 23 Jan 20
I tried the burnt ends since it was Thursday, and they were outstanding, everything I had on my plate was delicious, the Mac and cheese, the fries were nice and crispy, the slaw was very good and the hushpuppies I liked better than any I've tried before. Not to mention the sauces were on point. This guy knows what he's doing and if he doesn't yet he should compete cause I have a feeling this place will get real big if enough people try it.
23:00 20 May 20
JTops is absolutely the best BBQ joint I’ve been to. Owner is the nicest man you will meet, food is so good you just want to give him a hug when you’re done eating! I honestly almost teared up when I started eating the Mac n cheese. Great place, great people, locally owned by an amazing dude that has followed his dream and it shows in his food. Great job J-Tops!!
11:22 24 May 20
Unbelievable barbecue, baked chicken, and high quality sides. This place is the real deal. I've ordered from here twice for company lunches and the food is always fresh, delicious and meticulous quality. The hush puppies are incredibly crisp, flavorful and good sized. The chicken melts in your mouth and the barbecue is flavorful and perfectly shredded. No fatty, rough edges in this barbecue... just great Southern deliciousness! Make sure to try all the sauces too- John, the owner, is a magician of flavor!
21:55 26 Jun 20
Awesome bbq! Brisket, Burnt ends, chicken and the list goes on and on! All the portions are perfectly sized on anything you get. The owner is John is super awesome and will take care of you like you're an old friend when you come, even on your first visit! You will not regret stopping buy this little gem.
11:22 03 Jul 20
Stopped by for a early lunch and it was so good I came back for dinner. Nice family owned business and easy to get to. Highly recommend the Brunswick stew also. Best in town.
01:38 03 Jul 20
Each and every time I visit J-Tops by belly feels so happy! Everyone that works there is so friendly and the owner John is a gem! They have the most delicious food around in my opinion. If your from the Cleveland area make sure you check them out! And I hear they will be open on the 4th of July!
12:50 06 Jul 20
Great southern Carolina BBQ!!!! And even better service, John and his team definitely care for their customers and it shows through there food and smiles. Their fried squash is amazing too! Definitely a go to! Shop local!
13:56 10 Jul 20
The food is wonderful and service is great! This is place my husband and I love taking our kids for dinner. The price, quantity and quality of food is perfect! What a great addition to the Cleveland Community!
20:57 19 Jul 20
When you choose local and small, you can’t go wrong. These are the businesses that make our community what it is today and it shows. John and his team give 110% to make sure every customer has a wonderful experience. This southern Carolina bbq and all the fixings are remarkable. We haven’t found anything we do not like.
14:38 08 Aug 20
AMAZING food and GREAT customer service! Everything on the menu is delicious and John has created a warm, welcoming environment that will keep us coming back again and again!
02:09 14 Aug 20
Fantastic barbecue! We drove 10 miles to get here and it was totally worth the trip! love it! great people, great food!
00:11 04 Sep 20
Unbelievably good food and exceptional service. Highly recommend to anyone in the area.
00:49 14 Feb 20
Wonderfully smoked meat and good hush puppies. Slaw was a bit runny for my liking and there was nothing distinctive about the beans. Awesome customer service.
18:43 06 Sep 20
We had catfish and ribs. They were great. Place is small. But, don't be deceived by the size. Well worth going back to
Monster Mulching & Land Management
14:31 12 Sep 20
Delicious food and great people! Some of the best barbecue I’ve ever eaten.
12:54 21 Sep 20
The food at J Tops is amazing! John and his staff are very friendly and take pride in serving the public each and every day. I highly recommend J Tops BBQ Shop for your next dining experience or catering event. You won't be disappointed!
23:43 23 Sep 20
Great service and very friendly to customers. Made sure our food was great. Family friendly for sure. 10/10 would recommend coming here.
22:46 04 Sep 20
The food is great, and the staff and oner John super nice.Thanks John.
18:42 12 Mar 20
Great burnt ends on Thursday and Sunday.
11:37 18 Oct 20
My wife and I went in yesterday, 10/17/20, for the first time. We live in Apex and decided to try this place after dropping off our granddaughters in Benson. It was a little bit out of our way for the return home, but after reading all the great reviews we gave it a shot. The food was "OUTSTANDING!" The meats (we tried the pulled pork, ribs, and smoked chicken) were exceptionally moist and tender and not over smoked. The sauces really went well with the meats. We got the onion rings, green beans, coleslaw, and baked beans for our sides - all were great! Needless to say, we'll be back!
12:51 27 Oct 20
J-Top's BBQ just catered my family reunion get together and it was absolutely fabulous! The food arrived on-time, done to perfection, was set up quickly. My family members are a tough crowd, especially for chicken and barbecue. They raved about the different sauces, the mac and cheese was amazing, green beans perfectly seasoned and banana pudding was delicious. Highly recommend and will be using J-Tops for my next client event! Thanks for a great experience!
15:06 27 Oct 20
The chicken was so delicious and Loved the BBQ sauce! The corn bread was outstanding. The banana pudding was some of the best I've had! Great BBQ!
17:02 27 Oct 20
Jtops catered our family reunion and I personally want to give them a 5-star review! Everything was excellent! We had pulled pork, chicken, green beans, hush puppies cornbread, and it was all so delicious. The food was hot when it arrived and the setup was perfect.And the banana pudding, almost as good as my moms😉Go check them out!!Suport you local businesses!
02:59 28 Oct 20
JTOPS catered my anniversary dinner for work tonight. The food was fantastic and there was so much of it. Everyone there kept saying how good the food was! The brisket was the best I had ever eaten and others said the same thing! I would recommend JTOPS to anyone for catering and eating at the restaurant because it is great! Thanks John for making a special night even better!
15:39 31 Oct 20
J-tops catered our family reunion. John arrived on time and setup the items. All of his food is so delicious. We had Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, hush puppies, sweet and unsweet tea plus some wonderful banana puddings. I highly recommend this place for catering, carry-out or dine-in. You cannot go wrong eating a J-tops.
16:05 12 Jan 21
The great people here are only rivaled by the incredible food. The Mac and cheese will melt your heart, the hush puppies are to die for, and the ribs.... don’t even get me started. I have not had a single thing from the menu that I didn’t love.
21:31 22 Jan 21
Savannah was an awesome employee there! Great customer service and overall provided my family with a welcoming experience! Will definitely have to come back for some yummy BBQ and great service! 🙂
Matt & Erica Miller
21:45 26 Jan 21
Absolutely love this place! The owner is almost always there to greet you. The food is top notch. My wife loves the pulled pork. Their brisket is the best I've ever tasted. Like seriously. Great sides to choose from. Plus they usually have a good "limited time" dish to choose from. Love it. Can't recommend it enough.
17:54 28 Feb 21
Went today for the second time to try something new. Had the half chicken and it was excellent. You also have to try the chocolate cream pie!The staff was amazing and kind. And for anyone who worries about covid safety, they are all masked and the tables are away from each other. Will definitely come back
00:34 09 Apr 21
Really great, fresh, authentic southern food! The pulled pork sandwich was awesome. The coleslaw was also really good, make sure you get a pint of it!
00:44 29 May 21
Amazing and unique kc bbq sauce. Very good will be back soon
09:46 02 Jun 21
Brisket, 1/4 rack ribs was good and tender. Both could have used a little more seasoning for flavor. The green beans were flavorful. Mac and cheese was little different but was also good. Potato salad I was little partial to cause i like a little more mustard like it had. The sweet pickles really made it pop. Hushpuppies were awesome. Sauce needs to be a little thicker to stick to the meat. Overall good food being I live less than a football field away. I will go back and try some other dishes and do another review.
19:55 01 Jun 21
BEST MEAL YOU CAN FIND IN THE CLAYTON AREA!!! Soooo good. The chicken is so juicy and the Mac n cheese is on point. The staff is friendly , too!! This was my first time visiting and It’s literally my new favorite place to eat. GREAT JOB YOU GUYS!!!
18:32 27 Jun 21
The food is always good (burgers , brisket, the fries and of course their BBQ sauce.). What I like most though is the owner. He comes out to talk to you and is very kind. He told us he always tries to give kids their first jobs and takes that serious. I like that. A personal experience, I asked for bacon on my hamburger and as I was pulling away the owner came out with a tray and apologized several times for forgetting to add the bacon. We need more of that in customer service. I’d spend double the money for character like that making my food.
23:22 26 Jun 21
1. They give EMS discounts in uniform, that alone is hugeAnd the rest? Well I ordered the bbq chicken and it just fell right off the bone. Not even an obnoxious ammount too, it had perfect give.The sauces, the mac and cheese?You cant go wrong, probably the best BBQ ive had since I moved from Chicago
18:11 13 Jul 21
Stopped here for the first time based on Google reviews. Everything including the service was awesome. I had the burger and it was great - someone in my party had the BBQ sandwich and it had such a great flavor. Their BBQ sauce is perfect but I love the vinegar based style. The seasoning on the fries is good too and they make that as well. Worth a stop!
18:38 14 Jul 21
I love this place and I am always looking for it to be delivered. When I see it offered, which is very seldom, I get my order in fast. It is expensive but the quality and portions can not be beat! I have also never gone wrong or had a bad experience with any of my orders!!! It all tastes so awesome! So WHY is it only offered as delivery from GrubHub, Ubereats etc only sometimes????
00:48 17 Jul 21
Best barbeque spot! Everything I have tried there is amazing. But I would have to say my favorite is the pulled pork with side of macaroni and cheese. Great portion sizes too. Highly recommend! We will probably use them for catering soon too.
21:14 25 Jul 21
I was a Stephenson's BBQ customer for years until I tried J-Top's. I have to say that I now think that J-Tops is the best BBQ in the greater RDU area. First, the BBQ is far less greasy, and more tender. There is a greater selection of sides, with better French fries, and phenomenal potato salad. Third, they offer other options like brisket, baked chicken, and even fish for non-pork eaters. I would definitely recommend this place.
00:11 04 Aug 21
Excellent service. Tasty food. The portions were great for what I paid. I'm glad I stopped in.
19:03 18 Aug 21
J-Tops is a great place to stop for a quick lunch. The restaurant is very clean with plenty of room around the tables. The menu has a lot of choices for lunch including sandwiches, salads and sides. Lots of parking and the service is fast and friendly.
21:13 04 Sep 21
Great service, great food and overall great experience! The most well mannered kids work there, even ran to hold the door for a lady. We will definitely go back!
19:23 12 Sep 21
Between us we had pulled pork, brisket, slaw, fried okra, and fried squash. All very good. The fried veggies were lightly seasoned and crisp, the brisket tender but not mushy. The pork was the star, with a nice smoke flavor by itself. Add one of their traditional NC vinegar sauces—coastal vinegar and pepper or Lexington tomato/vinegar—and it’s next level.The staff was friendly and helpful, offering my wife a sample of the slaw before she ordered it. After we had a chance to dig in a bit, the owner came over and chatted ‘cue with us a while—a topic of which I never tire.We’ve found a new top 5 BBQ spot, and will definitely be back!
13:20 18 Sep 21
J-Top’s catered for our wedding & it couldn’t have been any better! Food was absolutely delicious! John was very easy and great to work with! Pricing is very reasonable. Highly recommend having J-Tops cater any event or even just for a night out for dinner!
03:01 04 Oct 21
Great food, friendly and efficient staff, and clean premises. Owner came over to say hello while we were eating and we had a great conversation with him. We will be back! This is the best bbq around.
16:11 19 Oct 21
100 sanitation score and very welcoming staff. My family stopped by on Sunday and didn’t have time to review the menu before arriving but the staff was very helpful and the food was DELICIOUS 😁 I Will definitely return. Fried Squash was definitely a highlight! Never had it before then.
18:03 22 Oct 21
I ordered the catfish meal. Delicious! Love those thick cut fries and okra. You get a better value here than at Smithfield. Looking forward to coming back to this place for more.
02:03 11 Dec 21
John and his staff are awesome! Jtops has been cooking lunch for our company every day for several weeks now and they consistently deliver delicious food! John is extremely nice and takes care of his customers.
02:30 20 Dec 21
We had JTops BBQ Shop cater our son's Eagle Scout Court of Honor. The food was delicious and the customer service was excellent. John went above and beyond to help make our event special! We would highly recommend JTops for catering an event or for dinner with the family!
18:34 22 Dec 21
Great spot! Small scale smoked pork BBQ restaurant run by good folks. Very clean. Polite staff. They also serve burgers and dogs if you're not in the mood for BBQ.
Based on 25 Reviews
Absolutely great experience with JTOP BBQ. If you want a turn-key, do nothing but show up event let JTOP take care of it all for you. We just recently had a...
I tried the burnt ends since it was Thursday, and they were outstanding, everything I had on my plate was delicious, the Mac and cheese, the fries were nice...
I looked forward to trying this place out and I have to say I was disappointed. The pulled pork was dry and the sauces were either too salty or too sweet....
Great locally owned BBQ. Friendly service. Good food. Mix between eastern and western with a Charle (previous owner) touch here and there.
Got take out from here and giving it 3 stars. My husband liked his brisket and sides but I am very disappointed with my choice of the pulled pork sandwich....
Stopped by here a couple of weeks ago for some take out. I just so happened to be in Clayton and heard this place was still open for takeout. The shop is...
Great food. Visited for lunch during the COVID social distancing and they were very considerate of the current situation. I had a 2&3 plate, pulled pork...
Glad to have found this BBQ gem near our home during the COVID pandemic. They deliver (and are fast) are super friendly on the telephone, and, best of all,...
I ordered a quarter ribs, mac and cheese, and bbq potatoes. I dont know which was better! Fall off the bone tender but moist ribs with a piquant/sweet sauce...
A simple old school very fresh BBQ joint.Great Chicken Ribs and more.Wish the cold salad sides were better like the slaw and tater salad but it's still...
The food was average to good. Pulled pork sandwich, fried squash sprinkled with their house seasoning, Brunswick stew, baked beans. The highlight was Josh....
We decided to have BBQ yesterday since we had family visiting. We called and there was no answer, so we went on the website and ordered on line. It showed...
Just moved to the Clayton area. Was craving some good bbq and my husband found this place.Well let me tell you the ribs is so good and they have a sweet...
I have never been but as soon as I find out what type cooking oil is used I can't follow through on me definitely showing up. Vegetable oil causes my so...
I was very surprised at the food I was served today for $17.00. Only got 1 piece of catfish, paper thin and very dried out. Only 2 hush puppies when I...
Fall off the bone chicken, ribs, and melt in your mouth brisket. Clean place and friendly folks
The food is decent but it was definitely fresher and the meat was much better when Charlie owned it.