Speedy’s Barbecue of Lexington is 0.3 miles from Smiley’s, a two-minute drive. I was thinking of Speedy Lohr’s of Arcadia, NC, which cooks with wood, when I saw the sign. So I stopped in to check their barbecue. It looked promising.
It was busy inside. It was a nice-looking, comfortable place. They had a pig that they had commissioned, sort of like the donkeys and elephants in DC and the, what, cows in Chicago? I saw several of these pigs around Lexington.
Since I had eaten supper approximately four minutes before, allowing for one minute to walk out of Smiley’s and another to walk into Speedy’s, I decided just to have a sandwich to go. And some extra dip. I left and went to eat it on the trunk of Blue, our car.
First I took a look. Lots of meat. A good mix of inside and outside meat. A generous portion of meat, especially for $3.75. So far, so good.
I took a bite. It tasted good, but there was no smoke flavor at all. I had the wrong Speedy’s. Speedy’s of Lexington cooks over electricity, not wood. There was no smoke taste. There was, however, a good slow-cooked pork with vinegar and pepper taste, and a good slow-cooked pork with vinegar and pepper taste is a pearl of great price. Compared to pork cooked over wood — especially when that wood contains hickory — it was a big disappointment.
I would love to have Speedy’s of Lexington in DC. It is better than any of the barbecue places here, even on a good day. I would eat there again if it weren’t in Lexington. Without wood, Speedy’s just can’t measure up to the high standards of Lexington.