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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:55:44 (permalink)
Dinner. Old Hickory House Barbecue, Charlotte.
Unfortunately, the one completely mediocre meal of the trip. The pork was full of gristle and bones, and it was covered with a very poor tomato-based sauce.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:55:58 (permalink)
Saturday, August 24. Lunch. Lexington Barbecue.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:56:13 (permalink)
This is often called the best of all the Lexington barbecue restaurants. I didn’t find it to be as good as either of the two other places in Lexington that I went to. The hush puppies and slaw were very good. The chopped pork was a bit dry.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:56:27 (permalink)
Very good cherry cobbler and ice cream.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:56:41 (permalink)
The back of tee shirt no. 6
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:56:55 (permalink)
Sunday, August 25. Dinner. Smiley’s in Lexington.
    
 
The pig bench outside Smiley's.

 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:57:11 (permalink)
Very, very good pulled pork, excellent red slaw and hush puppies.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:57:26 (permalink)
Tee shirt no. 7.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:57:41 (permalink)
Me and the Smiley’s Pig!
    
 
My brother Jerry and sister-in-law Penny with the Smiley's pig.
 

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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:57:55 (permalink)
Monday, August 26. Lunch. Bill Spoon’s in Charlotte.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:58:09 (permalink)
Very good chopped pork sandwich, although the sauce could have had a bit more bite to it. Very good flavor. Very good mac and cheese. Excellent hush puppies.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:58:23 (permalink)
Every other restaurant presented a rather full basked to hush puppies with the meal, but Spoons basket had only three. They were so good I asked for more.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:58:37 (permalink)
The back of tee shirt no. 8.
    
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:59:02 (permalink)
My original plan had been to go to three places on Wednesday and three on Thursday. After the three on Wednesday I figured I’d better not do three again the next day. It was already too much. I had also planned to drive to two places in South Carolina, because I really enjoyed what I had had at D & H Barbecue in January, 2012. But I decided the nearly two hour drive each way wasn't going to be worth it, especially after having had so much already. I decided to stick with North Carolina for this trip, and save South Carolina for another day.
Also, after Friday night’s terrible dinner and the very good lunch on Saturday, I decided to skip the barbecue for one meal.
Here’s my summary, such that it is.
My favorites:
Grady’ s
Allen & Son
Bar-B-Que Center (Lexington)
Hill’s Lexington
Winston-Salem Bridges 
Runners-up:
Smiley’ s
Bill Spoon’s
Very good:
Lexington Barbecue
Good:
Wilber’s
Don’t bother:
Old Hickory House

I enjoyed the barbecue very much. At many of the restaurants the pork was outstanding, the coleslaw, especially the red slaw, was great, the hush puppies were great. I think that overall I would probably still prefer a place like Buz and Ned’s for ribs, but luckily I don’t have to choose.
Thanks for reading!
 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 03:15:15 (permalink)
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See, This is where the Rules of Conduct need to be dominantly posted on the home page. David didn't know that he needed more posts to be able post pictures. He hasn't been back for 7 months.  

I'm using flickr for my photos, but I can't seem to get it to work. So I've dragged a photo over, but it's really too small. Any suggestions?
 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 08:56:44 (permalink)
David,
 
You made some good choices on your tour. I think my wife and I ate at a couple of the same pits on the same weekend, we probably crossed paths. I think we stopped at six places altogether.
 
I am also a big fan of Buz & Ned's. I had the ribs there on a business trip and consider them some of the best.
 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 09:03:35 (permalink)
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Foodbme

See, This is where the Rules of Conduct need to be dominantly posted on the home page. David didn't know that he needed more posts to be able post pictures. He hasn't been back for 7 months.  

I'm using flickr for my photos, but I can't seem to get it to work. So I've dragged a photo over, but it's really too small. Any suggestions?


I think you need to open the full size image in flickr, right click & choose Copy Image Location. When you get back to your post, click the Insert/Edit Image icon, then paste the link to the image location.
 
Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing your full size images.
 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 11:02:29 (permalink)
Davidsanders: Great report, thxs for taking the time. 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 11:37:44 (permalink)
don't know why, but I can't see any of the pics on page 2.
 
really enjoyed those on page 1.  Thanks for the report
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 12:37:25 (permalink)
I finally added the rest of the photos. I stopped last night at 3 a.m. and picked it up again this morning.
 
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don't know why, but I can't see any of the pics on page 2.

really enjoyed those on page 1.  Thanks for the report


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 12:38:47 (permalink)
Thanks. I enjoyed posting it, but not nearly as much as I did eating at the restaurants!
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Davidsanders: Great report, thxs for taking the time. 


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 12:39:35 (permalink)
Thanks. I finally figured it out at about 2:30 last night.
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Davidsanders

Foodbme

See, This is where the Rules of Conduct need to be dominantly posted on the home page. David didn't know that he needed more posts to be able post pictures. He hasn't been back for 7 months.  

I'm using flickr for my photos, but I can't seem to get it to work. So I've dragged a photo over, but it's really too small. Any suggestions?


I think you need to open the full size image in flickr, right click & choose Copy Image Location. When you get back to your post, click the Insert/Edit Image icon, then paste the link to the image location.

Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing your full size images.

Jim


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 12:49:01 (permalink)
 
Oh, and by the way, I'm headed back to that area April 10-16. I'll start at Grady's (of course!) and go on to Savannah, stopping at D & H on the way. I'll be in Savannah for two days, then head up towards Lexington and over to Chapel Hill.
 
The other places I'm looking at are:
Savannah:
Wall's
Randy's
Angel's
AJ's Dockside on Tybee Island (not barbecue!)
Back in the Day Bakery
Leopold's Ice Cream
Huey's for benginets 
Clary's Diner
 
Then:
Maurice's Piggie Park on the way to Lexington
Cook's (Lexington)
Mama Dip's in Chapel Hill (for fried chicken)
McCall's in Goldsboro
Allen and Son (one of just three repeats, if you don't count Leopold's ice cream)
Hillsborough Barbecue
Little Richard's in Winston-Salem
Richard's in Salisbury
 
Any comments? These are the ones I'm planning for this trip. There are so many others to choose from as well, I know I'll have to come back.
 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 12:54:37 (permalink)
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D & H in Manning, South Carolina. Great barbecue and fantastic hush puppies.
 

 
But how was the fried chicken???
 
Great report, David!
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 12:58:11 (permalink)
Everything was really good, including the chicken. But the hush puppies! I was tempted to pull a chair up to the huge bowl of them and just keep eating until I collapsed.
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Davidsanders

D & H in Manning, South Carolina. Great barbecue and fantastic hush puppies.



But how was the fried chicken???

Great report, David!


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 13:07:50 (permalink)
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Everything was really good, including the chicken. But the hush puppies! I was tempted to pull a chair up to the huge bowl of them and just keep eating until I collapsed.
There are people here who'll wonder why you didn't...
 
Your dedication is much appreciated.  You should think about joining the Wisconsin-Illinois Contingent for a get-together this year!
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 17:24:55 (permalink)
Cook's Barbecue in Lexington? If so, a very good choice. If you have the opportunity to order coarse chopped barbecue, do so and request some outside meat. You'll be rewarded. Be sure the Little Richard's in Winston Salem you visit is either the Country Club Road store or the location southeast of town on Gumtree Rd. Real brick pits are employed at these spots. The Little Richard's in Clemmons is owned by different folks and is decidedly inferior to the other stores. Sadly, the barbecue at this location is now cooked in a commercial smoker. Richard's in Salisbury is a very good choice.
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 17:45:58 (permalink)
Randy's is a good choice in Savannah. The meat and the sauce are the real star's there. Ribs and chicken drums. The sauce will have you licking your fingers. No dine in so better have a roll of paper towels. LOL
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 17:55:04 (permalink)
Please.......please.......please!  When you go to Manning, skip D&H this time and go to McCabes Barbeque.  They still smoke their pork in a spot just a stone's throw away from their tiny restaurant.  Their food is wonderful, and the fried chicken cannot be beat.   The pork and the hash and chicken are terrific.  All their food is.  We have not been there in two years  (going again in July)  but the last time we were there, their mother (90 years old) was still making the best fried chicken!  The sweet tea is terrific, and even if you order the buffet, your tea is refilled every few minutes.
 
We used to love  D&H.  It was in the First Roadfood book.  But, unfortunately, the old fellow who tended to the pork out back did something wrong and burned the whole place down.  It was rebuilt, but the city refused to let them smoke the pork in back any longer. (This is the story that we were told)  They built a new and bigger place and the pork was no longer as good.  But, their barbeque sauce will always be my favorite.  We stop there, just to buy it by the gallon.
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 18:17:00 (permalink)
 
Unfortunately, McCabes closes at 3 on Thursdays. I won't be able to get to Manning before 4 or 5.
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Please.......please.......please!  When you go to Manning, skip D&H this time and go to McCabes Barbeque.  They still smoke their pork in a spot just a stone's throw away from their tiny restaurant.  Their food is wonderful, and the fried chicken cannot be beat.   The pork and the hash and chicken are terrific.  All their food is.  We have not been there in two years  (going again in July)  but the last time we were there, their mother (90 years old) was still making the best fried chicken!  The sweet tea is terrific, and even if you order the buffet, your tea is refilled every few minutes.

We used to love  D&H.  It was in the First Roadfood book.  But, unfortunately, the old fellow who tended to the pork out back did something wrong and burned the whole place down.  It was rebuilt, but the city refused to let them smoke the pork in back any longer. (This is the story that we were told)  They built a new and bigger place and the pork was no longer as good.  But, their barbeque sauce will always be my favorite.  We stop there, just to buy it by the gallon.


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