Many thanks to my good friend Dan Kenney, the genius behind the Coach4aday blog, the host of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, our Senior Carolina Correspondent, and the Master of the Deep Fried Turkey. Dan sent this good news from North Carolina. The much-anticipated — I should say much yearned-for reopening of Wilber’s is very close. The pit has been rebuilt, and they have set the menu. You can see it here. Warning: It’ll make you hungry.
I have to admit that I never explored the Wilber’s menu very thoroughly. I’m not sure if I ever ordered anything but a pork plate with slaw and potato salad.
Well, and banana pudding. With Wilber’s delicious whole hog barbecue available, why order anything else? Especially since it comes with excellent hush puppies.
The new menu will prompt me to broaden my horizons. They have ribs on Thursdays, and the menu seductively lists Bone Box, Skin Tray, and Spare Ribs “when available.” I’m not sure what the bone box is, but I want one. And they now have green beans and a daily vegetable (please let it be turnip greens or mustard greens!). As if all that were insufficient proof of a benevolent Providence, the menu also lists not only banana pudding, but also pecan pie and the elusive buttermilk pie.
The untimely demise of Wilber’s was a blow to the barbecue world. As detailed here, Wilber’s fell victim to the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s war against barbecue and the rapaciousness of the Department of Revenue. We always stopped at Wilber’s on our way to the beach, right after lunch at Parker’s, for another lunch and to load up at the produce stand outside. Liza insisted.
I ate at Wilber’s twice in one day when I drove from the beach to the Raleigh airport and back to pick up Anne Rain — once on the way up and again on the way back. And now Wilber’s is re-opening The long national nightmare is almost over.
Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of Wayne County.
The opening date has not been announced. I imagine they’re just waiting on Gov. Cooper to give the green light on dine-in. Governor, the ball’s in your court. It could determine your political future.
We’re already charting a trip to North Carolina, and a stop at Wilber’s will be a must. This is a big deal. As soon as it opens, you should head to Wilber’s.
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