Eddie’s Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

After delicious lunches at the new Sam Jones in Raleigh and Backyard Barbecue Pit in Durham, I headed down the highway to Charlotte to see family. A heavy rain made passing Lexington without stopping to eat a lot easier. I managed to find Scott and Nora’s house, despite the best efforts of my GPS, and we went to dinner with Sinclair and Eric. You met … Continue reading Eddie’s Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

Backyard BBQ Pit, Durham, North Carolina

After a great lunch at the new Sam Jones BBQ in Raleigh, I continued toward South Carolina with a detour for a light second lunch in Durham. No less than John Shelton Reed, the Godfather of Barbecue, had given Backyard BBQ Pit a strong recommendation, so to Backyard I went. I found it without trouble, or at least my GPS did, and I pulled into … Continue reading Backyard BBQ Pit, Durham, North Carolina

Sam Jones BBQ, Raleigh, North Carolina

Upon my return from my Eastern Virginia Barbecue Tour on behalf of the Campaign for Real Barbecue (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), I decided to take a vacation. The perfect break from my routine, I decided, would be to head to South Carolina to eat barbecue. I’d eaten at a lot of barbecue places in and around the Low Country, so … Continue reading Sam Jones BBQ, Raleigh, North Carolina

The ‘Cue Sheet, Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, and John Shelton Reed

I’ve mentioned Robert Moss and his weekly barbecue newsletter, The ‘Cue Sheet, many times. I especially enjoyed the current issue (June 14). It features a lovely profile of Little Bridges Cabannis, the woman behind Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, one of the great barbecue places. She married “Red” Bridges and they started the first Bridges barbecue in 1946, and she was the driving force behind the … Continue reading The ‘Cue Sheet, Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, and John Shelton Reed

Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

Winter looms, so I have updated my list of alternatives to fast food for those driving south (and back north) along the East Coast. And, indeed, normally the only sensible thing to do when the weather promises to chill the very marrow in your bones is to head south. In light of COVID issues, special care and consideration must be taken before you decide to … Continue reading Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

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

Toscana, Charlotte, North Carolina

And now for something completely different from my latest trip to North Carolina — a sensational Italian restaurant. Despite my incidental meals at four barbecue places (so far), the real reason for my trip to Charlotte was to take my cousin Scott Griffin and his new bride Nora Raynor out to dinner. I’d had to withdraw my acceptance to their wedding at the last minute, … Continue reading Toscana, Charlotte, North Carolina

Midwood Smokehouse, Charlotte, North Carolina

I’d had a full day of barbecue at The Pit in Raleigh, Rick’s Smokehouse in Lexington, and the Barbecue Center in Lexington, with a recuperative evening in Salisbury. I woke up the next morning, drank coffee, deleted a bunch of email messages, figured out how to unsubscribe from political emails (tell them that each time you get an email you’ll send a check to their … Continue reading Midwood Smokehouse, Charlotte, 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