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Shaw's Barbecue House

202 West Boulevard, Williamston, NC - (252) 792-5339
Posted By Michael Stern on March 10, 2004 4:09 AM
For inland Carolinians heading towards the ocean on Highway 64, Shaw's has been an essential eat-stop since Truman was President. Most customers come for the immemorial eastern North Carolina barbecue meal: chopped pork with a couple of such side dishes as collard greens, boiled potatoes, candied yams, cole slaw, baked beans, or cabbage. Also included in the price of a plate is a pair of corn sticks, a strange local substitute for hushpuppies that, in our opinion, are all texture and little taste.

Shaw's offers not only the traditional finely-chopped pork veiled in a subtle vinegar sauce; the menu also lists "pig pickers," which is big strips and chunks of pork pulled of the roast and apparently not sauced at all. If you want pig and nothing but the pig, picker is the way to go.

Service is do-it-yourself. Step up to the counter and tell the server what you want. When you pay, you get a number and while the meal is prepared you find a table and wait for the number to be called. Everything is served in Styrofoam clamshell containers, which are not all that charming, but make some sense since so much business here is carry-out.
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Posted By Mary Hockman on May 16, 2004 9:42 PM
My husband were eager to try Shaw's because of its inclusion in Roadfood. On the day we tried in April 2004, we were shocked at the poor quality of food--possibly the worst restaurant we have tried on the list. The pulled pork was extremely salty--something we have never encountered in barbecue. My husband is convinced there must have been a salt accident in the kitchen. I could not finish even half my portion. The cornbread "sticks" were inedible--very hard and possibly stale. Overall, a very disppointing meal. Unless this was an aberation, this restaurant should not be on the list at all.
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