13:29 30 Aug 17
So I wanted to try this plc after seeing their signs that say "the best BBQ". 1st off I really only like to gv good reviews, but the "BBQ" ribs were not cooked on a grill or in a smoker, they seemed to hv been baked or boiled & had no smoke flavor [they're huge tho]. I will say the fried chicken wings were good, customer service was good also. read more
J. S. LEE
17:10 24 Aug 17
Food was ok but best gas price along I-81 in VA.
17:02 06 Jun 17
best nc style pulled pork thday I have had in a while. very juicy with 3 types of sauce. bsked beans were zesty with a bit of a kickread more
04:40 05 Jul 17
Wished it was better than it actually is. Seemed like a good place, food was off a bit.
17:06 14 Dec 16
Best BBQ I've found on the road...right up there with the best I've had. Easily beats Exit 87 BBQ in Tennessee and the BBQ restaurant next to Pilot in Hurricane Mills, TN. I'm normally not a fan of green beans, but theirs looked good, so I gave it a shot...damn glad I did. Best green beans on the planet as far as I'm concerned. Mac N cheese looked good too, but it was a little dry and didn't have much pep.I've eaten the brisket twice, and it has been top notch both times as was the Carolina BBQ sandwich (after trying TX and Carolina both, I must say I prefer the Carolina BBQ despite being from Texas). You may want to request extra sauce though as my sandwiches were a little dry for my liking. *As a side note, they will give you a small sample so you can taste each for yourself before you buy.* Other reviews claim the sandwiches don't have much meat, but I didn't find that to be the case for me. In fact, it had as much if not more meat than all the BBQ sandwiches I've ever had. Maybe I was lucky or those that posted negative reviews were unlucky. The folks here seem very nice, and I'd bet they might even add a bit more meat if you complained about it. I love this place. Definitely a regular stop, and the Petro across the street always has parking. I got in at 3:30 this morning and found a spot. This exit might be the best there is for a driver. read more
21:22 17 Oct 17
The best chicken I have ever eat and there making it larger so it will be more room so that will be nice.
21:38 18 Oct 17
Good food, cheap diesel, free shower ? after 40gal, and 5$ coupon for deli
16:40 28 Nov 17
I am a truck driver out of Roanoke Virginia and I travel 81 mostly every day. I have stopped here many times for lunch as well as breakfast and they are by far the best As the signs say on the interstate. They are in the process right now of remodeling and they also Added on a new addition which is a sports bar. The customer service and the food is great.read more
16:40 24 Dec 17
Gas is not expensive good is amazing and low priced workerd are kind and not lazy. and it's clean
19:47 05 Jan 18
Food was good ,(fried chicken, mac n cheese, sweet potato casserole , green bean casserole was pretty good. Only four stars because sides were not hot enough ...read more
00:16 07 Jun 18
Good food and friendly staff. Always stop in when I come thru.
19:26 09 Jun 18
Fries were amazing!!! Definitely recommend the cheese fries. They didn’t have fried chicken but the quesadillas and the ribs made up for it! I was very nervous walking into the restaurant because it didn’t look very pleasant but the servers were very polite.read more
New View Art
01:17 23 Jun 18
The bartender Sean was absolutely amazing I am definitely going to come back and the food was also really good ??
01:46 23 Jul 18
Don’t know what y’all complaining about. Ya must be 4 wheelers. This is A truck stop with a restaurant and a bar, I didn’t go into the bar, I went in to the convenient store, I got chicken nice and tender nice and juicy and good tasting. If you want beer or moonshine they got it in the cooler ready to go. Place is clean and quick in and out, I spent the night here I got me some bootlegger. All you four wheelers stop at your Taco Bells and Pizza Huts and leave this truck stop alone.read more
11:58 28 Jul 18
Just stop. If you're driving through & looking for a place to eat, skip White's Travel Plaza (it's good too, but trust me..) & dine here. The food here is really good. The coffee is a bit over priced & the dessert isn't the greatest, but who are you kidding? You didn't stop at a bbq place for the dessert. Meals a decently priced & the taste is drool worthy. The restuarant was clean & tastefully decorated. The waitress definitely had that southern charm (something I crave when I've been away from home too long). This place is worth making the stop for.read more
07:30 09 Aug 18
Great food the sports bar is fun with lots of TVs so you can watch different events and they have live music the first Saturday night of every month and families are welcome and the staff is great?read more
Lindsey Gary III
16:48 13 Aug 18
If you’re looking for good food in your truck driver my opinion is you should stop at the fuel city with the smiley face the food is 100% better than what they are for you at the Petro or the pilot or the BP or the Burger King there is no comparison fuel you trucks up and come over here and get your few I am at the generational truck driver I was raised on the doghouse of an old freightliner its Just the truth today’s is 8-13 18 12:47 pm And as a black consumer I did not have any issues with discrimination or hate and they had at least one black employee there to serve me that did not have a negative attitude so they will get my money as long as they keep doing a good jobread more
04:06 25 Aug 18
This place is great. Anymore as a truck driver it is hard to find great food. This place has it, and great friendly service plus I always find parking here.read more
02:45 24 Sep 18
Let the Lord praise this bar! By a turn of the devil’s trickery, me and my compadre broke down just outside of this humble farmer & truckers’ town of Raphine.At first we were distraught, and believed ourselves to be relegated to a motel and small truck stop with an adjoining burger joint. Soon though, our prayers were answered, and a young local maiden led us to the other side of the interstate where a small pub was told of. Alas, we were awaited with the privilege of a speakeasy entrance, tasty grub, friendly service, a hearty round of darts, and local lager to ease our hearts’ dismay of our traveling misfortune. Praise to Saint Christopher! For without Smiley’s, t’would have thought Raphine to be more of a despair than actuality. Indeed it raised my spirits, and soon after a few rounds, the good Lord sent repair to our vehicle, and we departed the humble town with goodwill.read more
23:38 24 Sep 18
Great place for truckers to park. The food is delicious and everyone is nice. You can get a nice cold drink in the restaurant too.read more
14:35 25 Oct 18
We enjoyed the whole stay, store clerks were friendly, and the bar and grill we will definitely stop at every time we pass through, friendly staff all way around,food was good and I asked for a specialty drink and I must say it was best I ever got,read more
13:18 08 Nov 18
Our second visit in was great, Kelsey remembered us from our last visit and knew exactly what we wanted AWESOME!!!! We recommend everyone try this place out, it's our favorite place to visit!!!! So far we have been treated so good by all staff!!! We thank y'all!!read more
22:17 07 Dec 18
Never leave disappointed or with an empty stomach!!! Stop every time my husband (truck driver) and I come down 81. Just left very satisfied again, the quality and quantity for maybe a few bucks more then those fast food dives. Thank You from the truck drivers, we surely appreciate a good meal thats actually edible and made of actual fresh food!!!!read more
04:28 09 Dec 18
It was our first time here today we just wanted to have a relaxing moment for the day at the bar after a hard week on the road as soon as we walked in the store i was looking for the bar and when i saw it I was amazed very nice and clean. We ordered the nachos and some beers and a drink the drink was made with natural orange juice yummy the nachos were yummy they were just cold 🥶 🙄 cheese was melted but cold I guess they were sitting too long before we got them that was my only complaint but the pulled pork in top of that was delicious I’m looking forward to try the food cause I really liked the flavor of the meat. Employees were very friendly and courteous. My bartender the gentleman who made my drink was very knowledgeable and attentive thanks i wish we can find places like this more often in another statesread more
18:28 29 Dec 18
Honestly great place to eat, I’m a Texan and this place has some killer bbq, definitely going back when I pass it
22:35 16 Jan 19
Really tasty I recommend the brisket platter and the Texas style sauce goes well with it but they have a bunch u can sample for free Tina at the cash register got my order correctly and it was ready in less than a minute and she was sweet and courteous If you’ve never had their cheesy rice w broccoli, try it Ur welcomeread more
01:53 13 Mar 19
I've never been however my Husband is a driver and he stops there on his route. He likes it. He said the shower is good (he wants us to buy one for the downstairs bathroom in our house🤔). He gets a discount on his fuel card, says the food is good too. Therefore Smiley's is ""recommended""🤗read more
16:40 23 Mar 19
Absolutely love this place, I've been driving 18+ yrs and Smiley's is one of my favorite places to go. Great food, wonderful atmosphere and amazing hospitalityread more
17:27 24 Mar 19
Great food! Friendly service! This was the perfect stop on our road trip!
16:39 27 Mar 19
Just left here and got the pulled pork platter with 2 sides and it’s by far one of the best meals I’ve had on the road. Staff was very friendly and the portion size on the food was piled high. Worth every dime and I’ll definitely be back.read more
20:36 07 Apr 19
Got the half rack platter.Ribs falls right off the bone with a really good flavor will stop here again really nice peopleread more
18:47 19 Apr 19
Good service, great place to watch sports or chat with friends. BBQ is always hard to judge, all depends what you grew up on. Unfortunately, this place is not what I consider good BBQ. Not sure what animal I just ate ( pig I hope), but it didn’t look nor tasted like any BBQ I’ve ever eaten.read more
15:21 20 Apr 19
BBQ sandwich was outstanding, tender & juicy brisket with coleslaw as a side. I was really impressed with Smileys! Will make this a regular stop on my travels thru Va.read more
19:49 05 May 19
Been waiting half an hour for a drink....service sucks when its busy. When it's not busy, all is good. Only one person working the entire bar/seating area everytime I come here. Has potential to be better, need more staff to take care of people.read more
15:16 21 May 19
Best dang bbq is right. Everything was hot, fresh and delicious. Brisket sandwich , mac n cheese and baked beans. Friendly service too.read more
pate richardson- second one
08:25 04 Jul 19
Bernie is the absolute man. 5 stars just for Bernie. I believe he only works the gas station portion but he is a gem.
00:55 25 Jul 19
I give this 5+ stars because they have the best pulled pork I've found on the road. Great prices, great drinks, Great Food, and great service. Cant wait to come back.read more
04:42 31 Jul 19
I’ve had BBQ from all over the country and Smiley’s is my favorite. The fries are also amazing. I’ll stop and eat ever time I’m passing through. A+!read more
17:36 04 Aug 19
This place is amazing! The staff are all so friendly.. the bar has great service,Food is just as amazing and the entertainment Saturday night was awesome. I give this place 5 stars . I go out of my way to come here . As a over the road driver they make you feel like home away from home.. thank you to everyone for always treating me so great and welcomed when I come in. The BBQ is awesome and everything I have ever tried off the menu has not been a disappointment... keep up the good work .One last thing. The restroom is very clean. As a woman I really appreciate the cleanliness. If anyone gets a chance and is in the area. Do your self a favor stop in and enjoy this place. You’ll thank yourself!read more
20:05 04 Aug 19
Best bbq I’ve ever had. What a great experience! Our bartender Sean was more than willing to make this a great experience and helped us pick the perfect meal and drinks. Would definitely recommend to anyone passing through the area!read more
18:49 08 Oct 19
This is the best dang bbq and dang sweet potato fries I have ever had in my entire life. Will be coming back very soon!
18:40 20 Oct 19
Went there yesterday (Saturday around 2pm) after visiting Wade’s Mill. Even though the place was basically empty, we still had to wait a bit for our server. I had brisket (very good) with mac and cheese (would be tastier if it was actually warm) and hushpuppies (meh). Mom got both Texas and North Carolina style pulled pork, neither of which wowed us. I guess it’s a good stop, but not a destination. TL/DRIt probably won’t matter to anyone else, but I noticed everything was served with disposable dishware. Drinks in styrofoam cups, plastic utensils, and plastic plates. Dunno if they just don’t have space to wash and store dishes, but I found it to be quite wasteful.read more
13:50 21 Oct 19
Had a bacon cheese burger with the mule bbw sauce. Pretty damn good!!
17:09 10 Nov 19
I normally dont like Carolina Vinegar based pulled pork but decided to try it here and I'm glad I did. It was excellent. The sweet potatoe casserole was phenomenal. Also had deviled eggs, very good!!! Will stop in again when passing through.read more
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