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2014/06/19 15:19:10 (permalink)

2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina.

Save the date!
 
Prepare your appetite for the sweetest smoked swine, the crustiest fried chicken, pimiento cheese galore, and peerless banana pudding. This fall's Roadfood tour will take place October 18-19 in and around Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
CLT airport is a major hub and flights are currently very cheap, so if you are planning to come along and arrive by plane, do book your reservations now. We suggest flying into town by the evening of Thursday, October 16, so we can get an early start on Friday. We plan for the tour to end by late afternoon Saturday, and we will schedule the tour bus to make a stop at the airport, so you can book a flight out any time after 6pm on the 18th.
 
I am working on getting us a good hotel deal.
 
What will we be eating? Barbecue, of course, at some of the finest hog parlors on earth, from Indian Land, South Carolina, to the legendary barbecue town of Lexington and the unique joys of Keaton's in Statesville, whose proprietor is a special Roadfood friend. Of course, there's superb fried chicken, and we are thinking of fish-camp supper and maybe a visit to Food Truck Friday in the city's historic South End. The trip wouldn't be complete without pimiento cheese, Cupcrazed cupcakes, and banana pudding … but the itinerary is still taking shape. Nobody knows more about the food of Charlotte and of the South in general than Charlotte Observer food editor, Kathleen Purvis, who has long been a friend of Roadfood and who will likely be joining us along the way.
 
We hope to see you in Charlotte!  Tickets will go on sale soon.
post edited by Stephen Rushmore Jr. - 2014/06/19 19:18:45
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/19 16:06:01 (permalink)
Thanks Stephen!  Charlotte looks to be an inspired choice. 
 
According to my calendar, October 17 is a Friday.  Is the bus tour Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday? 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/19 16:17:48 (permalink)
The tour is Friday and Saturday, October 17-18.  Cliff, your calendar is right. Mine is, too, but my brain apparently is not!
 
post edited by Michael Stern - 2014/06/19 16:19:38
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/19 16:33:54 (permalink)
Thanks Michael!  Very excited, especially about Keaton's and hopefully Lexington #1, two of my all-time favorites.
 
Time to start looking for flights.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/19 16:45:25 (permalink)
Calendar updated...with all combinations and airfare research has been commenced!  Looking forward to the big 10th anniversary show! 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/19 16:52:38 (permalink)
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Thanks Michael!  Very excited, especially about Keaton's and hopefully Lexington #1, two of my all-time favorites.

Time to start looking for flights.

 
They're among my favorites, too (on the Roadfood Honor Roll!)
I just booked round trip tickets for under $200 each, from NYC.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/19 18:29:55 (permalink)
We're in!  It's only a 7 hour drive for us!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 08:12:55 (permalink)
lleechef-
That is great to hear that you and Michael are going to join in!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 08:15:30 (permalink)
It is a little less than seven hours drive from Pittsburgh, so Mariton and I will be driving in.  Cousin Johnny is now booked and he got a direct flight from BWI for right at $200.00. 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 08:21:01 (permalink)
Sure hope you get tickets....otherwise you'll have to follow me on Facebook and text....
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 11:38:53 (permalink)
Leaving tomorrow for a RO's slaw run (and a fish camp supper)...great to hear y'all are including it on the Charlotte trip
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 12:37:02 (permalink)
Welcome to Roadfood Lori Rogers!  Where are you eating a fish camp supper? 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 13:26:28 (permalink)
I got moderately priced flight tickets from Chicago! 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 14:00:39 (permalink)
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Welcome to Roadfood Lori Rogers!  Where are you eating a fish camp supper? 

 
I am told that Twin Tops is the go-to fish camp in the Charlotte area. (You can bring your own catch.) It's in Gastonia, which is where R.O.'s is, so it might be a good place for us in October.
 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 14:37:54 (permalink)
can't wait to hear your reviews of RO's which from what I can tell is a love or hate it kind of place.
 
The most famous food in Charlotte is the fried chicken at Price's Chicken Coop....that is a must.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 15:00:54 (permalink)
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can't wait to hear your reviews of RO's which from what I can tell is a love or hate it kind of place.

The most famous food in Charlotte is the fried chicken at Price's Chicken Coop....that is a must.

Have you been to Price's lately? I was there a few years ago and unfortunately the Fried Chicken just wasn't very good, at least compared to my initial visit a few years earlier.
 
Besides the defunct Coffee Cup and Highland Mills Cafe, the best fried chicken is at La'wan's. I know Ayersian (Chris) would concurr
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/20 16:12:23 (permalink)
Roz and I have plugged the event into our schedule.  She is nearing the end of her dissertation and it appears that it is IRB approved by North Central and her hospital.  If it I approved and we expect it will be, it is mostly downhill from there and she will have a bit more spare time.
Charlotte is not a bad drive from Knoxville and we have always enjoyed the Charlotte area.  The fish camp sounds great as well as the BBQ.
If it works out, we will look forward to visiting with some old friends as the last three years have been tough time wise.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/21 02:47:55 (permalink)
Too bad. I leave for Warsaw on October 12th and will meet up with the Chicago Symphony on the 18th for our European tour (Warsaw, Luxembourg, Geneva, Paris and Vienna).
 
But I will be in the Charlotte area in August.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/21 08:03:10 (permalink)
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Captain Morgan

can't wait to hear your reviews of RO's which from what I can tell is a love or hate it kind of place.

The most famous food in Charlotte is the fried chicken at Price's Chicken Coop....that is a must.

Have you been to Price's lately? I was there a few years ago and unfortunately the Fried Chicken just wasn't very good, at least compared to my initial visit a few years earlier.

Besides the defunct Coffee Cup and Highland Mills Cafe, the best fried chicken is at La'wan's. I know Ayersian (Chris) would concurr

Price's may be the most famous because it's been around longer, but La'Wan's is indeed the best tasting chicken. I'd say that it is the best soul food in the area, but I've tried only a handful of places. Chris
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/21 09:22:12 (permalink)
Any chance one of you two reviewing Lawan's? With a bunch of Roadfooders soon to descend on Charlotte, more people need to know about that great chicken.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/21 10:03:11 (permalink)
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Captain Morgan

can't wait to hear your reviews of RO's which from what I can tell is a love or hate it kind of place.

The most famous food in Charlotte is the fried chicken at Price's Chicken Coop....that is a must.

Have you been to Price's lately? I was there a few years ago and unfortunately the Fried Chicken just wasn't very good, at least compared to my initial visit a few years earlier.

Besides the defunct Coffee Cup and Highland Mills Cafe, the best fried chicken is at La'wan's. I know Ayersian (Chris) would concurr

 
 
no, I haven't been in years.  I live in Myrtle Beach now.  Hate to hear that.
 
 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/21 12:47:17 (permalink)
Someone educate me - what is a "Fish Camp" or "Fish Camp Supper"?

Marlene and I are trying to get it together to be there.

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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/21 14:37:58 (permalink)
Hi Jon -
Here's the menu from the choice Michael Stern spoke of...
http://twintopsfishcamp.com/full-menu/ 
Looks like a seafood style restaurant to me...
Hope to see you in Charlotte!
CTD
 
 
 
 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/21 15:28:32 (permalink)
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Someone educate me - what is a "Fish Camp" or "Fish Camp Supper"?

Marlene and I are trying to get it together to be there.

Jon Battle

 
  I am told that one of the nice things about Twin Tops is that if you bring them fish you've just caught, they will  clean and cook it for you. But I don't think we will schedule time for fishing on this trip!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/22 05:26:42 (permalink)
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Someone educate me - what is a "Fish Camp" or "Fish Camp Supper"?
Marlene and I are trying to get it together to be there.
Jon Battle

There are different definitions and kinds of fish camps.
Some are just M & P restaurants that serve fish, crab, shrimp etc. usually on an inland body of water like a river, bay, lake, estuary, bayou etc.
Like These:
http://www.skippersfishcamp.com/
http://twintopsfishcamp.com/full-menu/
Another type of fish camp may include a bait shop, marina, restaurant, boat launch, general store for basic supplies and maybe very basic cabins to accommodate fishermen again, on inland waters.
Here are some in Louisiana:
http://neworleanswebsites.com/cat/rc/fishing-camps/fishing-camps.html
And Idaho:
http://www.welcomefishermen.com/index.php/pages/idahofishinglodges.html
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/22 08:23:00 (permalink)
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Hi Jon -
Here's the menu from the choice Michael Stern spoke of...
http://twintopsfishcamp.com/full-menu/ 
Looks like a seafood style restaurant to me...
Hope to see you in Charlotte!
CTD
 
 

 
Sounds good to me.  Great variety of fish.
 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/22 09:35:57 (permalink)
Paul -
So looking forward to seeing Roz and you in Charlotte...been to long!
CTD
 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/22 15:05:14 (permalink)
Just up the road from me, but I won't be able to join.  I'll be in Nashville (Lebanon actually) at one of my best friends' wedding that weekend!  Bah!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/23 08:14:28 (permalink)
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Sure hope you get tickets....otherwise you'll have to follow me on Facebook and text....

With only 30 tickets available this year and it being held in an area near where many Roadfooders live, I am thinking that the tickets will go fast.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/06/23 08:35:49 (permalink)
Do "Roadfood Insiders" still have first dibs..

Looks like I'm in!
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