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Short Sugar's

1328 S. Scales St., Reidsville, NC - (336) 342-7487
Posted By Michael Stern on 7/23/2007 1:42:00 PM
Short Sugar's menu is vast, including breakfast, all kinds of sandwiches, and a burger roster that features the "teenage burger," which is a double cheeseburger. I loved my chili dog, which is a raunchy little thing that arrives wrapped in wax paper. The dog is topped with a chili so fine that it is more a paste than hash. With a line of mustard, it seems a faultless dish – not necessarily delicious, certainly not fancy, but somehow addictive in the way that only the most ignominious chili dog can be.

Barbecue is the featured attraction, a point that is obvious if you walk in the door that leads to the take-out counter, for here you have a view of quarter hogs on the grate, soon to be chopped up and served on a plate (with fries, slaw, and hushpuppies), on a tray (with just slaw and hushpuppies), or as a sandwich. The meat is sweeter than most due to Short Sugar's fascinating sauce which is mixed in and also available in squeeze bottles on the table if you want more. The slaw is brilliant, fresh as can be, and the hushpuppies provide a welcome crunchy counterpoint for the tender pork. Our only disappointment was a ham biscuit. The biscuit was blah.

A big restaurant with a long counter, booths, and tables, Short Sugar's has the patina of a place that has been around many decades. Most of the clientele are regulars, but the staff treats strangers as welcome guests.

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Note the amber nugget to the bottom left of this close-up picture of Short Sugar's chopped pork. That's a chewy-crunchy piece of skin that provides such a nice contrast to the velvety moistness of the meat.
"Note the amber nugget to the bottom left of this close-up picture of Short Sugar's chopped pork. That's a chewy-crunchy piece of skin that provides such a nice contrast to the velvety moistness of the meat."
Michael Stern





Trays are small, but they pack a lot of meat. While Short Sugar's pork is also available minced or sliced, chopped is definitely the way to go. The slaw is swell: bright, fresh and crunchy. Not shown: hushpuppies that are part of the tray configuration (see photo below).
"Trays are small, but they pack a lot of meat. While Short Sugar's pork is also available minced or sliced, chopped is definitely the way to go. The slaw is swell: bright, fresh and crunchy. Not shown: hushpuppies that are part of the tray configuration (see photo below)."
Michael Stern


Hushpuppies are an essential side dish for barbecue in this part of North Carolina.
"Hushpuppies are an essential side dish for barbecue in this part of North Carolina."
Michael Stern


Short Sugar's opened as a hamburger drive-in in 1949. Not much has changed in the last half century.
"Short Sugar's opened as a hamburger drive-in in 1949. Not much has changed in the last half century."
Michael Stern


Always a good sign: the image of a pig in a barbecue parlor. This oinker hangs from the ceiling above the take-out counter.
"Always a good sign: the image of a pig in a barbecue parlor. This oinker hangs from the ceiling above the take-out counter."
Michael Stern


While barbecue is definitely the first thing to try on Short Sugar's menu, the chili dog should not be ignored. It is quintessential cheap eats.
"While barbecue is definitely the first thing to try on Short Sugar's menu, the chili dog should not be ignored. It is quintessential cheap eats."
Michael Stern


Our one disappointment at Short Sugar's: pork tenderloin on a biscuit. The biscuit was undistinguished and the pork tasted pre-fab.
"Our one disappointment at Short Sugar's: pork tenderloin on a biscuit. The biscuit was undistinguished and the pork tasted pre-fab."
Michael Stern


Known on the Short Sugar's menu simply as 'stew', this Brunswick Stew is the perfect side for a plate of North Carolina barbecue.
"Known on the Short Sugar's menu simply as 'stew', this Brunswick Stew is the perfect side for a plate of North Carolina barbecue."
Cliff Strutz



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