Originally posted by Rapunzll
Oh great! The policeman told me that that one always was crowded. He acted like he wasn't familiar with the different places didn't know which ones were good, he must have been putting me on!
Lexington, N.C. has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any city anywhere. In any given year, there will be 16 to 19 barbeque establishments open and serving. And several are quite good. Lexington folk are loyal to their favorite, to the point some won't allow that any of the others are particularly good. I do believe the police officer was putting you on.
I met a young, up and coming writer last summer who hails from Lexington. All afternoon I tried to wheedle him into telling me his 2nd or 3rd favorite Lexington barbeque joint. He wouldn't budge. It was Honey Monk, period! With each new effort, he just stubbornly offered up another Honey Monk testament.
I've seen Wayne Monk busy in the kitchen on a Saturday night but have never had the pleasure of meeting him. The place has huge lines on Friday and Saturday evenings; diners don't relax long after finishing their meals, knowing others are waiting in that long line.
Besides cooking great que, I think Mister Monk is very well liked in Lexington. His que is a bit more to my liking than some of the others. I've eaten at 3 Lexington pits, but given a choice when passing nearby next time, I would just as soon revisit Lexington Barbecue as try another one.
I love Lexington Barbecue's sauce, or Lexington Dip, as its called. It is quite spicy and complements the chopped pork perfectly. The Dip at one of the other Lexington places tasted like diluted ketchup to me; it had little flavor and added nothing to the meat.