No, I don’t mean the Honey Monk of Lexington Barbecue #1 fame, and I don’t mean the Monk behind Monk’s BBQ in Purvellville, Virginia, whose place I reviewed recently. I don’t mean Dom Perignon, Martin Luther, or the Trappist monks who brew that beer, all of whom are deserving. And I certainly don’t mean Rasputin.
I mean Monk of the Barbecue Bros, he of the famed Tour of the Highway 150 Barbecue Corridor. The Monk who recently ate lunch at three barbecue places on or just off Highway 150 near Lexington, North Carolina in one brief afternoon.
The Tour started at Arcadia Q, (formerly Speedy Lohr’s of Arcadia, now under new ownership); Tarheel Q (owned by the same folks as Arcadia Q, but with very different food); and, finally, Stameys Barbecue of Tyro (not to be confused with Stamey’s in Greensboro). As a scientific control, Monk ordered the same thing at each place: a regular chopped tray with extra brown, red slaw, and hushpuppies — pretty much the standard Lexington area order.
Go to the links to get the full story, including how each place fared in each category — pork, red slaw, and hushpuppies. this post to recognize Monk for being able to eat three lunches in one day. With hushpuppies.
Now, two lunches in one day are not that big a deal. Many’s the time I’ve had two lunches or two dinners in one day in the public interest, and three barbecue in a whole day does happen. And, okay, there was the day during the Great Memphis Barbecue Sandwich Tour when I had pork sandwiches at four different places (the Dixie Pig (A+), the Kream Castle, (A), Chubby’s, (B-) and Helen’s (A+)) in one afternoon, but that was spread over three states and maybe five hours, and — this is critical — I didn’t have hushpuppy number one. Oh, I had some chips and an onion ring or three, but that’s nothing like three serving of hushpuppies right on top of each other. Trust me.
Monk’s Tour was all the more impressive because all three of the places were cheek by jowl with each other, and with more highly regarded places to eat, such as Lexington #1, the Barbecue Center, and endangered Smiley’s, which is in the crosshairs of the dread North Carolina Department of Transportation. Journalists today, alas, have forsaken such in-depth and even-handed reporting, and such a commitment to the public good. We’re talkin’ Pulitzer.
Go read Monk’s posts for yourself, and start planning a progressive dinner of pork, slaw, and hushpuppies.
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