In this chapter, the conclusion of the trip to North Carolina. A stop at a 99 year-old business to order a treat for the ride home results in a fun surprise about an old regional family favorite.
The Shrimp Boat in this city has docked at three different addresses. I got the rundown on this 52 year-old business, one of seven survivors of the long-closed chain.
How do you feel about the maxim “When you’re away, don’t eat something you can get at home,” readers? Well, in this small town, you can get some barbecue that’s completely unlike any from your neck of the woods.
The newest barbecue place that I visited on the trip was this interesting little place, which an award-winning competition team opened in 2010. I loved their very respectful nods toward the traditions of the region.
Dairy Queen hasn’t quite forced all their old stores into maintaining a single, modern look. Every so often, you find a strange little throwback like this one.
Charlotte is just killing me with all the great restaurants and things to do. One thing was certain while I breezed through town, though: I had to visit this 55 year-old place on Independence Boulevard.
If you love old drive-ins with gorgeous canopies or awnings and Servus-Fone call-boxes, have I ever got the place for you! This place, one of six in a small chain around town, is terrific.
One of the best meals on this trip came a few miles off I-77 as I made my way back to town. One of the rare examples of a business this far west using an eastern-style sauce, this restaurant has been packing in crowds for almost thirty years.
I had no problem finding this place when I first drafted my visit to North Carolina, but later learned that the business, which opened in 1975, has been removed from the NCBS Historic Trail. Is this cause to be concerned? Read on!
In this short little chapter, I pop down to a terrific old canopied drive-in just as their breakfast rush is ending to enjoy a really great chili dog.
Day two of the North Carolina trip begins with a chicken biscuit, a nice long walk around city streets, and a cheeky declaration that a restaurant that came to the party a little late serves the original Lexington barbecue. Read on!
A last-minute change of plans left me racing the clock to make it to this 65 year-old restaurant before the sun went down. Known for its unusually sweet sauce, this is a terrific family-owned barbecue joint, and one of the trip’s highlights.
A very popular local favorite for fifty years, this stop surprised me, but not in a very good way.
The farthest east that I went on this trip for barbecue was to this little shack quietly hiding in some woods near I-40, so I’m afraid that I still didn’t go far enough east to have some actual “Eastern North Carolina” barbecue, but I’m very glad that I stopped by for this good meal.