Next month I was planning on visiting Charlotte on an actual roadtrip that would begin right here in Rhode Island. Although there would be road food along the way and on the way back, the likelyhood of anything other than minimal "roadfooding" would have been moot since I would be staying with friends who live 35 miles north of the city.
Reviewing some of the great Roadfood Restaurants in the Charlotte area and in nearby South Carolina made me depressed because of the likelyhood that I would not be able to visit them, well, I had an idea, after a finding a great deal on priceline I decided to head down to Charlotte and NOT TELL ANYONE
! The plan was to visit some of the roadfood restaurants reviewed here on the forum as well as others that I researched on my own and I was even going to spend the day in Columbia SC to indulge in some Mustard based "Q"....
Well guess what! NONE OF THAT HAPPENNED!!!
Taking Friday off from work, I landed in Charlotte around noon time.
My first stop was a standby I haven't been to since 2008 Price's Chicken Coop
I was looking forward to their fried chicken, however I also knew based on past experience that I was going to toss the forgettable sides so I can enjoy more elsewhere.
Take out only-I stood on line waiting to give my order
Deciding only to chow down on the Chicken and forgettable cole slaw, I recall enjoying the fried chicken much more last time. This time, I thought the portions were skimpy and there was hardly any meat on them there bones!
Reviewing my previous trip report, I answered my own question after reviewing my photo here
I ordered white meat last time- What a difference. I won't make that mistake again.
A few miles away I made it to my next stop... McKoy's Smokehouse and Saloon
A yuppie wanna be biker bar in a very contrived almost "chainish" like setting.
I found the atmosphere offputting but how is the food?
I ordered the Country Style Steak meal. The Country Style Steak was nothing special, however the hearty mushroom gravy was actually quite good..
The Mac N Cheese was incredibly amazing. Some of the best I ever had
Here's a close up...
I didn't care for the sauteed green beans....however
The cornbread which you have to order separately was worth every penny. This is actually a half order...
Ready to head to the James K Polk Historic Home Site- my conscience got the best of me and I called my friends to let them know I was in town, you see I realized I may have to cut my road trip short next month due to personal reasons (I already decided to ditch Gettysburg previously) and realized I may not end up seeing them at all......and there went the rest of the
guilt trip...... I ended up staying up in Lincolnton the rest of the weekend, no roadfood....no nothing (I did have a good time otherwise)....Oh I did go to the Dilworth Coffee House
Saturday and Sunday Morning in nearby Denver NC....
Leaving a little early to head to the airport on Sunday I did have an opportunity to make one last stop... La'Wan's Soul Food Restaurant
Ever since the closing of the sorely missed Coffee Cup and then the subsequent closing of the Highland Mills Cafe (both solid A pluses) in my book. I've been searching for a suitable replacement...
La'wan's is located in a shopping plaza in the 7700 block of North Tryon Street. A small basic exterior with indoor table seating..
I decided to go with the fried chicken (white meat this time) with sides of collards and mac n cheese.
The fried chicken was superlatively superior to anything I've had in a while. It was juicy , succulent and the seasoning was just about perfect. Usually when eating fried chicken I have to reach for the ketchup bottle, not in this case. The Mac N Cheese was solid and and the Collards were even better. The Corn Bread (muffin) was probably the weakest part of the meal and even that wasn't bad...
Since I've been trying to avoid sweets until my next trip, I passed on dessert which according the menu included sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, red velvet cake, and lemon pound cake among other items. Ironically I didn't see any banana pudding. La'Wan's
was a solid B Plus in my book and I would certainly return.....however
I'm still looking for that A Plus soul food meal...
Flying out of Charlotte, I had a bizarre location for a layover (Detroit) well when I arrived at the Detroit Airport - do as the Romans do....
Ordering a coney special
it's basically a coney dog with loose meats- although not as good as other coney dogs I had, it was certainly what the doctor ordered. The only disappointment was they no longer have Vernors- although it was unlikely I would have ordered one anyway unless they had the diet version..
After this very odd bizarre trip, I was back home at midnight.... Although I usually do a list of favorites, This time I'll do a list of places I had planned to visit but obviously never did.
1- 521 BBQ - Indian Land SC
2- John's Country Kitchen- Charlotte NC
3- Little Pigs BBQ- Columbia SC
4- Big T's BBQ- Gadsen SC
5- The Wagon Wheel- Fort Lawn SC
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