Many Americans are driving to Florida this winter. For those of us on the East Coast, that means a lot of time on I-95, a lot of stops for refreshment, and probably an overnight. You’re pretty much on your own for food recommendations if you’re coming from north of Washington, aside from Forno’s of Spain in Newark. I really would love to have your suggestions — send … Continue reading Where to Eat on I-95 from Washington to Florida: Updated
Every now and then I look up from my plate and try to take a broader view of barbecue and other great issues. As you’ll recall, not all that long ago, Nancy and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a family wedding. I, of course, left a day early because driving to Charlotte means going through Lexington, North Carolina. The drive to Lexington gave … Continue reading Great Barbecue in Lexington
Update: My peripatetic brother, Jim, alerted me to yet another new barbecue place that will be coming to Raleigh– Lawrence BBQ. It will be in Boxyard RTP, a still-developing cluster of new food and retail options in the Research Triangle Park. I’ve thought of Triangle Park as the Sahara of food in North Carolina, and a good place to eat will be welcome there. … Continue reading Good News for 2020 — Raleigh Barbecue is Taking Off!
A while back, I had an email from my brother, Jim, about Clark’s Barbecue. I meant to stop by Clark’s on my last trip to Charlotte, but my plan got lost in the tall weeds of my life. And I’ve lost Jim’s covering email and his comments on the food. I do remember the main thing at Clark’s caught his imagination. Behold: Those are … Continue reading Doughnut-Shaped Hushpuppies at Clark’s Barbecue, Kernersville, North Carolina
You’ve met my good friend, Jim Oliver, here. In addition to being delightfully unconventional and hugely funny, Jim is the soul of generosity. Jim’s from Creedmore, outside Raleigh, and his Momma still lives there. Jim visits her often, as every son should. When last we got together, Jim and I were talking about North Carolina barbecue, of course, and I mentioned that, Bill’s having closed, my … Continue reading Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina
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 … Continue reading Hats off to Monk!
Update: Here’s a link to a non-subscription story about the purchase of Wilber’s. The bottom line is that the new owners will start working on renovations as quickly as possible with an eye to opening next Spring. The money line: “The investment group plans to carry on Wilber’s legacy and serve the traditional pit-centric menu it’s known for.” We’ll update as news becomes available. … Continue reading UPDATE: The Latest on Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina
For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some o’erthrown by the North Carolina Department of Transportation; Some poison’d by the North Carolina Department of Revenue … Continue reading The Great Wayne County Barbecue Video
My favorite, or certainly one of my favorite, barbecue meals ever was at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge. You can, and should, read that review here. It was on Day 2 of my three-day, three-a-day North Carolina Piedmont Tour de Barbecue a while back. So while we were in Charlotte for the Griffin – Duckworth wedding, Nancy and I decided to drive to Red Bridges for … Continue reading Back to Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby, North Carolina
After delicious meals at Lexington Barbecue #1 and Noble Smoke, I looked about for another barbecue place for lunch on Friday. I naturally consulted the experts at Barbecue Bros. As I mentioned in the Noble Smoke review, the Bros rated Jon G’s, a food truck that’s usually in the next county, ahead of both Noble Smoke and Sweet Lew’s. I called and found that they … Continue reading Sweet Lew’s, Charlotte, North Carolina