August 2013 - Allen & Son Bar-B-Que,
Chapel Hill & Pittsboro
Stop number one on our grand tour is
the much acclaimed Allen & Son Bar-B-Cue in Pittsboro
. I can't imagine a better setting for a barbecue pit or a more Q-like looking building than the Pittsboro location of Allen & Son. They even share their parking lot with an outdoors/gun shop.
Allen & Son is one of the five pits that is listed on each of my sources - Roadfood, NC BBQ Trail & Our State.
I learned something after first making this post - there are two different Allen & Son restaurants. The one in Chapel Hill that is in all the books, and the one I know about in Pittsboro. The Pittsboro store was purchased from the Allen's 20 years ago, so I will need to restrict this review to that restaurant. I do note that the barbecue gets less attention on their website than the coleslaw and french fries.
A separate stop at the Chapel Hill restaurant is needed to compare the food. A separate report will come later. Thanks to Cliff for pointing out the two locations!
This was a good looking pile of pork, dark meat with bit of bark mixed in. It was moist and porky tasting, but did not have the smokiness and spice I was expecting based on the reviews by others. It was very tasty after adding sauce.
We really liked the coleslaw and the hush puppies. The slaw was creamy, but still had a spicy flavor, I couldn't stop eating it. The hush puppies were sweeter than at our other stops over the weekend and we preferred the sweetness.
The Brunswick Stew was also the best we had in our three stops, rich and porky flavored, with a thick texture. Being the first time either of us had tried Brunswick Stew, we had nothing to compare it to. We really liked Allen & Son's stew and it is our standard for comparison.
After our fine meal at Allen & Son, we had an appointment to play with the kitties.
We had an awesome tour of Carolina Tiger Rescue
at dusk. The big cats were active and playful. Rajaji, the tiger, was a show off, stalking our tour guide and pouncing on the other side of the fence next to her. He also like to spray
out the fence towards the crowd. Stand back he had 20 feet of range with that stuff.
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