The Smokehouse at Steve’s, Graham, North Carolina

While I’ve been writing about food, this trip to North Carolina was particularly special because of the people. I dined with one brother, two nephews, a grand-nephew, a grand-niece, four cousins, and Monk of the Barbecue Bros. And after my lovely meal at Toscana, I had one more treat in store, a very special one: lunch with John Shelton Reed and Dan Levine, the founders … Continue reading The Smokehouse at Steve’s, Graham, North Carolina

The Barbecue Center, Lexington, North Carolina

After a wonderful lunch with family at the Pit in Raleigh and a surprisingly good mid-afternoon meal at Rick’s Smokehouse, I drove on down to Salisbury and checked in to the local Courtyard Marriott. It’s a pleasant, clean, and healthy place. Based on my travels, Marriott is doing a fine job dealing with COVID. I spent a couple of hours unpacking, deleting email messages, and … Continue reading The Barbecue Center, Lexington, North Carolina

Rick’s Smokehouse, Lexington, North Carolina

I really enjoyed my lunch with family at The Pit in Raleigh, so I took my time edging toward Lexington. It was a solid two hours before I got to Rick’s Smokehouse. Have you heard of Rick’s Smokehouse? Neither had I. Lexington #1, the fabled Honeymonk, justly grabs the spotlight, followed by the Barbecue Center and Smiley’s and Cook’s and Speedy’s and Speedy Lohr’s and … Continue reading Rick’s Smokehouse, Lexington, North Carolina

The Captain’s Kitchen Special Sauce Recipe Revealed!

Regular readers know that the Captain’s Kitchen has won the crown for the World’s Best Shrimpburger for the last three years, an unprecedented feat. There are many reasons for the Captain’s Kitchen’s ascendancy, and you can read the details of their 2019 triumph here. One key to the Captain’s Kitchen’s continuing success is that they never rest on their laurels. There’s always something new. For … Continue reading The Captain’s Kitchen Special Sauce Recipe Revealed!

Smith’s Red and White, Dortches, North Carolina

I did not stop for barbecue on the way back from the beach at Pine Knoll Shores. I guess I should explain.  There was a hiccup in my departure — we lost one of the keys and one parking pass for our rental — a problem I resolved easily enough by reconciling myself to the loss of $75.  That left me a good half hour … Continue reading Smith’s Red and White, Dortches, North Carolina

The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: Recapping the Results

Let me recapitulate the results of the 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition for those who joined us late.  I confused things when I led off with the ultimate winner, and only later — several barbecue posts later — started with the countdown: 3d runner-up, 2d runner-up, etc.  I did that so you could try the very best before you left the beach. That first post … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: Recapping the Results

The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Clamdigger, Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

I’m happy to announce that the Clamdigger wins the coveted first runner-up position in the 2020 World Shrimpburger Competition. The Clamdigger is in The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores, a beachfront hotel convenient to Beacon’s Reach, the area where we always stay.  You may remember the Inn as the former Ramada Inn or the Clamdigger Inn.  It’s a popular spot, a hive of activity along … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Clamdigger, Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: El’s, Morehead City, North Carolina

If you thought the Big Oak’s building looked good to hungry passers-by,  El’s is downright seductive. The building is tiny and the parking lot usually jammed with cars.  Every time I drive into Morehead City on the way to the beach, I feel its tug.  I don’t stop, though, because I’ve already eaten two barbecue lunches and maybe some boil’ peanuts, and the parking lot … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: El’s, Morehead City, North Carolina

The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Big Oak, Salter Path, North Carolina

When we first started going to the beach in the Morehead City area — to Atlantic Beach or Pine Knoll Shores — the Big Oak served the best shrimp burger around.  I posted in 2016 about its superiority over El’s, the then main competition here. Oh! how the mighty have fallen!  Now, the Big Oak is a shadow of its former self. Nothing has changed on … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Big Oak, Salter Path, North Carolina