People and Places: Haddock’s Barbecue


CLAYROOT, N.C. (WNCT) — Tucked away at a crossroad in southeastern Pitt County, in a community called Clayroot, sits Haddocks’ Barbecue, a place that’s been serving up great food for decades.

Scott Foy and his wife Kim run things at Haddocks.

“I mean it’s out in the country in the middle of nowhere,” said Scott Foy. “But sometimes it’s a busy place to be as small as it is.”

Kim Foy’s great aunt and uncle were the original owners, and she can remember coming to the restaurant as young as 5 years old.

“It really hasn’t changed a whole lot,” said Foy. “I mean, it’s always been the same kind of layout.:

What has changed if life for the Foys since taking over.

“So after long and careful consideration we took the leap,” said Kim Foy. “Because my husband had been at Weyerhauser for 24 years. And I said this is your chance. And so far it’s been wonderful.”

“It’s a whole lot more work than I anticipated,” said Scott Foy. “But I’m getting the hang of it. And I enjoy it a whole lot more now than I did in the beginning.”

Haddock’s is a special places for the husband and wife team.

“This is where me and my husband met,” said Kim Foy. “He came in, and I was like, ‘Who is that?’ I didn’t know it, but he had also asked my cousin, who was running it at the time ,who I was and what my situation was. And it took her two weeks before she would give him my phone number. I was like, ‘Why did you not just give him my phone number? Why did you wait two weeks?”

Scott eventually called. They went out. And eventuall, the two of them got married.

“He grew up in Craven County, went to West Craven,” said Kim Foy. “I grew up in Pitt County, went to D.H. Conley. So we had never crossed paths. And for us to cross paths here of all places and then, 15 years later, we’re running it, it just really means a lot. That’s really special.”

But that’s not all there is when it coming to what makes Haddock’s special.  

It more than just a restaurant. Every other Friday, the backroom turns into Clayroot karaoke.

“It’s family oriented,” said Scott Foy. “You know you have children, some that will sing. You have some that are really talented that can sing. And then you have some people that just got more heart than I do to get up there. I might could do better than what I think, but I just can’t make myself get up there.”

“It’s jammed back there,” said Kim Foy. “I mean, we have people that come from Washington, New Bern, all over. And they have their seat, they get here early so that they can get their seat. It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun for everybody.”

Good times to go along with good food. It’s a tradition Kim and Scott want to take into the future at Haddock’s.      

“Come see us,” said Scott Foy. “Hang out with us. If you’re into singing, you can sing. Eat with us and listen to the other people.”

Barbecue is the name of the game at Haddock’s but it’s actually only served on Saturdays.

They do have a different special each day of the week, and they serve breakfast too.

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