Speedy Lohr’s Barbecue, Lexington, North Carolina

After a breakfast and two lunches on Day 2 (of four) of my Drive through Hell Recovery Tour, I drove down to Huntersville and checked into my hotel in preparation for Day 3. I then turned around and drove back to Lexington for an early dinner at Speedy Lohr’s and put a beautiful cap on the day. It’s a nondescript place out pretty much by … Continue reading Speedy Lohr’s Barbecue, Lexington, North Carolina

Randy’s Restaurant, Lexington, North Carolina

After my country ham biscuit/livermush breakfast at Breakfastime and an early barbecue lunch at Whispering Pines, I headed back up to Lexington for lunch at Randy’s My brother, Jim, recommended Randy’s for its vegetables (non vegetarian, of course) and for a feature I’ll discuss below. Inside, Randy’s is a big open room without a lot of fussy decorations, or unfussy decorations, for that matter. The … Continue reading Randy’s Restaurant, Lexington, North Carolina

Whispering Pines B-B-Q, Albemarle, North Carolina

After a memorable breakfast at Breakfastime Anytime, I continued Day 2 of the Ride through Hell Recovery Tour with a drive over to Albemarle, home of Whispering Pines B-B-Q. You may recall my earlier trip to Albemarle to eat at Log Cabin Bar-B-Que. That post will tell you all about the town of Albemarle and the surprising side dish I really enjoyed at Log Cabin. … Continue reading Whispering Pines B-B-Q, Albemarle, North Carolina

Breakfastime Anytime, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Breakfastime is a six-link chain of breakfast places in the North Carolina Piedmont. I decided to have breakfast at one in Winston-Salem (Hanes Mall area) to start Day 2 of my recent Ride through Hell Recovery Tour of the Piedmont. After four lunches on Day 1 I’d skipped dinner and was ready to eat. I chose Breakfastime because it offers both country ham biscuits, which … Continue reading Breakfastime Anytime, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Smoke BBQ, Kennebunkport, Maine

Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening, our intrepid South Portland Maine Correspondents, Jon and Nancy Breul, late of Washington, ventured to try out Smoke BBQ in Kennebunkport. During most of the year, Kennebunkport is jammed with cars. Nancy and I had stopped briefly in Kennebunkport twice or thrice years ago on our way to take Liza to New England Music Camp. On our … Continue reading Smoke BBQ, Kennebunkport, Maine

UPDATE – Cafe 71, Welcome, North Carolina

UPDATE: This is so sad. Cafe 71 has closed. Running a restaurant an incredibly hard and very complex business, and involves much more than that cooking delicious food. New businesses usually — I think it may be 75% — fail, and this is an especially hard time, what with inflation, supply chain issues, and labor shortages. I feel for the good people who put a … Continue reading UPDATE – Cafe 71, Welcome, North Carolina

The Bar-B-Q Center, Lexington, North Carolina

Continuing Day 2 of my the Ride through Hell. Recovery Tour, after lunch #2 at the Backyard BBQ Pit in Durham, I headed to Lexington. That’s the beating heart of North Carolina Piedmont Barbecue, one of the great styles of barbecue in the world, and home of the Barbecue Center. I’ve posted about the Barbecue Center twice before, here and here. It’s a Lexington institution, the … Continue reading The Bar-B-Q Center, Lexington, North Carolina

Backyard BBQ Pit, Durham, North Carolina

Right after a fine meal at Longleaf Swine, I hustled over to Backyard BBQ Pit in Durham, about 20 or 30 minutes away. Backyard BBQ Pit is a treasure, and they need help. My report on my initial visit here, will give you a feel for the place. Adrian Miller, author of Black Smoke, has praised Backyard, as have John “The Godfather” Shelton Reed, and … Continue reading Backyard BBQ Pit, Durham, North Carolina

Longleaf Swine, Raleigh, North Carolina, Part 1

Our Post-Christmas vacation to Florida was interrupted by COVID and that led to the Ride through Hell. Nancy and I regrouped each in our own way. Nancy chose a staycation at a hotel downtown with Liza, Ella, and Lily. I chose a Thursday-Monday barbecue eating trip to North Carolina. My first stop was a family lunch at Longleaf Swine. It opened fairly recently, close by … Continue reading Longleaf Swine, Raleigh, North Carolina, Part 1

The Pastrami at Silver and Sons BBQ, Montgomery County, Maryland

Remember Silver and Sons? I’ve written about their big food truck and their outstanding lamb barbecue cooked fresh in their onboard smoker. (Silver and Sons parks at various locations in Montgomery County and, occasionally, DC. Check here to find their locations for the coming week.) I went back again to test their pastrami, and Oh! I’m glad I did. As regular readers know, I’ve been … Continue reading The Pastrami at Silver and Sons BBQ, Montgomery County, Maryland