Thursday February 11
A slightly stronger, although still mediocre Mexican blend at Dillworth Coffee House
began the morning. Afterwards, Julianne and I parted ways in the early afternoon. She had another doctors appointment in Stateville and I decided to spend the Afternoon in Charlotte prior to departing for Raleigh for the night as I had an "0-dark-thirty" flight out the next morning to Jacksonville.
My first stop for lunch was Bill Spoon's Barbecue
An anomaly in Charlotte, Bill Spoons
specializes in Eastern NC Style Q
The Q specifically reminds me of Parkers BBQ in Wilson which I went to over 7 years ago.
Note the bottle of the vinegar style Q sauce on every table.
I ordered the platter which comes with mustard slaw and choice of side, I chose the traditional bbq potatoes.
The meal also comes with hushpuppies
Which are periodically refilled upon request. I think I actually enjoyed these hushpuppies more than the one s at Lexington BBQ
I also opted to get a side of rich n hearty brunswick stew to complete the meal
Although Bill Spoons
was good, and is probably the only place in Charlotte where you're likely to find eastern NC Q, it still falls short compared to Allen and Sons
After lunch, I had one last chance to play tourist.
I went to the Charlotte Museum of History
The museum itself covers Charlotte History specifically prior to reconstruction. Although there are two floors to the museum, I only had a chance to cover the first floor because I was short on time and also wanted to tour the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
located on Museum Grounds.
Dating to 1774 this is the oldest free standing structure in Charlotte. Our guide, dressed in periodic garb, advised that the tour was going to last 90 minutes. Unfortunately I could only stay for the first hour of the tour since I wanted to grab dinner and get into Raleigh at a decent hour.
Although no one really knew how Hezekiah Alexander looked, they decided to erect a statue of him anyway.
Our guide told us that this bell dates back as far as the Liberty Bell in Philly but the bell itself is even bigger.
The interior of the structure itself was quite fascinating with periodic furniture and appliances.
Afterwards I made my final stop in Charlotte.
Penguin Drive- In
I was specifically impressed with their interior
I ordered the big block burger "southern style"
Now, this is FAST FOOD BURGER
There's a big beefy presence that asserts itself over the pletora of toppings unlike those "so-called burgers" on the left coast. Although I was quite impressed with this fine burger, I still think that The Char Grill
in Raleigh had a slight edge.
After my early dinner, I took the 2 1/2 hour drive back to Raleigh, checked into the La Quinta near the airport and looked forward to the next leg of the trip. This chapter ends this leg of the trip.
I'll eventually add photos to the Glee Club Charleston thread and then begin a new trip report for the Epilogue subtited "And then there were two"
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