BBQ in Lexington, NC

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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2005/03/06 09:47:16 (permalink)
In Lexington, TN, the outside is commonly called "the bark". A couple of weeks ago Dennis Hays brought us all a huge pan of freeby pork bark, rib bark and middling bark. It made a real good beginning to our lunch. A little chewy, very tasty, very smoky and real good.

"The Mayor" took a large pan of bark home with him. He indicated that he may use some of it to cook with but I am not sure it lasted that long.

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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2005/03/06 10:36:47 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Hillbilly

It has more of the outside meat, exposed directly to the wood smoke and direct heat. You can als ask for "outside brown" at a lot of Q joints and get similar meat. It is heavily smoked and there are some who don't particularly like it that way.


I always order it "outside brown." Now I know what you are talking about.
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2005/03/25 17:19:42 (permalink)
You can get a map of Lexington, showing the location of most, if not all, the bbq restaurants, at the Visitors Center in the middle of town. I've also seen the map available at the front desk of one of the local hotels, maybe all of them have it. I have a copy on which I list my own personal rating of each restaurant (1 to 5 stars) that I try - I've only hit 4 of them so far, but I just started a couple of months ago. Anyway, for anyone who is interested in the bbq places in Lexington, the map is a very good reference. Anyone who is interested might email them and ask for a copy by mail.
http://www.lexingtonnc.net/index.asp
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2005/04/11 16:06:56 (permalink)
Don't try Lexington on a Sunday. We found NONE of the BBQ places were open for lunch. Nice day for a drive, but had to settle for something else.
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2006/03/20 19:04:15 (permalink)
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Don't try Lexington on a Sunday. We found NONE of the BBQ places were open for lunch. Nice day for a drive, but had to settle for something else.


Was in Lexington yesterday(Sunday.) John Wayne's was the only one open. I was worried because it advertised an all you can eat fish plate on its sign. Scared me for two reasons, I prefer quality to quantity and I think if ya got good 'cue, you shouldn't need to sell anything else. The size of the people waiting outside and the fact a cop car was there, got me to go inside. Hate they don't pit cook, but found the 'cue really good. Meat was very flavorful and slaw was good. Found their dip a touch sweet and cloying. Very good hushpuppies and got the $10 buns, slaw, pound special to take back to NYC today. Halfway done and will be finished by dinner tomorrow. All in all, a very good barbecue experience.
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2006/03/20 21:19:46 (permalink)
I just got home from Lexington # 1 after downing another large tray of chopped lean brown Q, sauce drenched coleslaw and hushpuppies washed down with sweet tea . What a great meal!!
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2006/03/22 11:15:48 (permalink)
Read this thread and you'll understand why folks that live close to Lexington kind of giggle when people talk about good BBQ in where ever.
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/12 02:20:31 (permalink)
The Travel Channel had a BBQ special on, and they did a feature on Lexington NC. The visit was during the BBQ festival. The streets are closed down, and it draws quite a crowd. They even have train service during this event to help with parking. I have tried BBQ in many places, but something about the smoked piggy in Lexington just gets you hooked!
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Re:BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/23 11:29:21 (permalink)

Also try Speedy's on old Hwy 52 coming in from Winston-Salem.
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Re:BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/23 16:03:54 (permalink)
Avoid Jimmy's as they no longer cook over wood. We were there about a year and a half ago and the waitress admitted they gave up using wood a few years back. They cook with  (GASP) electricity now.



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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/25 08:05:49 (permalink)
I don't know their hours, but their phone number is here: Lexington #1

Edited to say I just realized that the message I was replying to was an old one! 
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/25 12:36:26 (permalink)
Rapunzll, there's no such thing as an old BBQ posting. 



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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/26 08:45:28 (permalink)
Hey there...first post! I was at Lexington #1 two weeks ago and enjoyed it very much. My family hails from Mt. Airy, so we're huge barbeque snobs, and Lexington #1 always works just fine for me (especially with all that scrumptious bark). It's always crowded, but the wait is absolutely worth it. Has anyone tried the smoked turkey? I saw someone with a plate of it this go round and was in lust. And speaking of Speedy's, we like them just fine in our barbeque-partisan family...



I can't get enough of that BBQ slaw. Wish it was found more places then just NC! We make a decent version at home in California when we fire up our smoker, but it's not quite the same.



Can't get enough of them hushpuppies. Light as air and addictive.
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/26 10:29:30 (permalink)
Welcome to Roadfood, faine! Great photos ( I love No. Carolina 'que, especially Lexington style. ) Your family's from Mount Airy? Mine too... my dad was born and raised there; he even went to grade school with ol' Andy. Later this week I'm driving down to Mount Airy to visit relatives - I love North Carolina and generally make the trip twice a year. Unfortunately, all four of the barbeque places in "Mayberry" are pretty mediocre, especially the Aunt Bea's mini-chain, so I'll be having my 'que somewhere other than Surry County. 
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/26 20:20:27 (permalink)
Man, you probably know my relations! My grandfather also went to school with Mr. Andy. We're Greenwoods and Hills if you know any of us. :) And yes, the BBQ in Mayberry proper ain't so hot, is it? The only real Roadfood I know of in town is that magical porkchop sandwich from Snappy's. (Which is quite an impressive specimen of roadfood!). My dad, who is Mt. Airy born and raised, has become an obsessive backyard pit-master since we moved to California....you think getting good BBQ in Surry county is hard? We have to make it ourselves!

So nice to meet someone else with Mt. Airy roots. Someone needs to do a Snappy's trip report soon!
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RE: BBQ in Lexington, NC 2009/04/27 11:05:00 (permalink)
faine, I'm afraid I've never met anyone with those surnames in Mount Airy, at least not that I know of. Actually, there's another restaurant in Mount Airy that I consider roadfood-worthy besides Snappy Lunch. It's the Olympia Restaurant, at the corner of Riverside Drive and Linville Rd., east of the downtown area. I've only had breakfast there, but I've had it many times, and they've never disappointed me. It's my favorite place for country ham ( I love that stuff! ), and the hash browns and biscuits are also very good. I'm really looking forward to my breakfast there this Friday.  
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