Allen and Son BBQ -
Highway 501 North - 919 542-2294
other location is 6203 Millhouse Rd in Chapel Hill. Phone:
Alston Bridges Barbecue -
Grover Street - 704 482-1998
Ann’s Kitchen – Spencer
Salisbury Avenue – no phone.
Monday – Friday for Lunch and Dinner.
Baker’s Restaurant –
Richlands Highway – 910 346-6557
Monday through Saturday 6 am to 8 pm.
Barbecue King Drive-In - Charlotte
2900 Wilkinson Blvd. - 704 399-8344
Great BBQ. Once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Big Ed's City Market -
Street - 919-836-9909
home joint serving a killer breakfast; don't forget the
country ham. Open 7am to 2pm Monday through Friday and ‘til
noon on Saturday.
Big Nell's Pit Stop -
Ocean Isle Beach
Beach Dr, SW - 910 579-6461
Bill Spoon's Barbecue
Boulevard - 704 525-8865
10:30 am to 3 pm Monday to Wednesday and ‘til 8pm Thursday
through Saturday. Spoon's serves up a solid Eastern NC style
BBQ (vinegar based sauce). The sign out front declares,
"We cook the whole pig, it makes the difference!"
Bill’s BBQ - Wilson
Street - 252 237-4372
raised his own pigs to be sure they taste great. Serves up
great BBQ as well as steaks and seafood.
Red Bridge's BBQ Lodge –
East Dixon Blvd -
Serving the finest BBQ since 1946. Open Wednesday through
Sunday 11am to 8pm.
Bob's Barbecue -
Highway 56 - 919 528-2081
Bubba's BBQ - Frisco
12 – 252 995-5421
Bubba’s Too is located in the Hatteras Island Shopping
Plaza. Phone 252-995-4385
Bullock's - Durham
Quebec Drive - 919 383-3211 or 383-6202
Lunch and Dinner. Very popular spot for Eastern North
Carolina BBQ; menu includes pork BBQ, Brunswick Stew,
Country style steak, and much more; sample the delicious
pineapple cake for dessert – you won’t be sorry! Cash only.
Captain Jerry's -
Reilly Road - 910 864-8691
Closed Monday. Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday through
Friday, Dinner on Saturday and Lunch and Dinner on Sunday.
Carolina BBQ - Statesville
Road - 704 873-5585
Cardinal Drive-In –
South Broad, 28712 - 828 884-7085
old-fashioned drive-in located in the scenic mountain town.
A true blast from the past. The food is above average … but
it’s the atmosphere that makes this joint special.
Char Grill - Raleigh
Hillsborough St. - 919 821-7636
for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Seven other locations
around town. This one is the original.
Coffee Cup, The – Charlotte
North Davidson – 704 909-7096
since 1947, check them out in their new location. Same
great tradition of soul food.
Cox Family Restaurant –
Arendall Street – 252 726-6961
for three squares a day, 7 days a week.
Crab Shack, The -
Drive - 252
sugar-enriched hushpuppies and tasty sweet tea; dining room
offers nice views of the Bogue Sound; steamed crabs and
shrimp are the specialties; Open 11am to 9pm every day.
Crook's Corner Restaurant - Chapel Hill
Franklin Street -
New York Times has called this place "Sacred ground for
Southern foodies;" try the shrimp and grits (some claim it
all started here) and the delicious Mt. Airy chocolate cake
Dairy Center - Mount Airy
407 W Lebanon
St. - 336 786-2349
Dan'l Boone Inn - Boone
Hardin Street - 704 264-8657
Seasonal hours so check their website. Opened as a
restaurant in 1959; meats include fried chicken and country
ham biscuits; side dish choices are highlighted by stewed
apples; homemade biscuits and black cherry preserves are
served with each meal; don’t miss the bountiful breakfasts.
Cash and checks only.
Delores and Jose Mexican
Restaurant – Asheville
Haywood Road - 828 253-3557
Fresh, homemade Mexican food in the beautiful Blue Ridge
Mountains; a true Mom and Pop establishment; check it out!!!
Dip's Country Kitchen -
Rosemary St - 919 942-5837
Owner Mildred Council serves up authentic soul food to
students, faculty and others at UNC; Open 7 days a week for
breakfast, lunch and dinner; now in a new, more spacious
eatery located across the street from the original; same
great food and down-home service.
MAMA DIP’S BRUSSELS SPROUTS
WITH BABY OKRA
¼ c lean country ham, cut
into thin strips
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 c water
salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
1 ½ - 2 lbs. fresh
brussels sprouts (see *note below)
8-10 pods fresh small
okra, stem ends removed
Use a pot that is 10-12
inched wide at the bottom. Wash and dry the ham pieces and
put them into the pot with the oil, over medium to
medium-low heat. Spread out to cook evenly. Let the ham
cook until crisp, stirring as it cooks. Add the water,
salt, sugar and red pepper. Turn the heat to medium-high
and let the water come to a boil. Put in the brussels
sprouts and cook, stirring now and then, until all the
ingredients are hot, about 10 minutes. Place the whole okra
on top of the brussels sprouts and cover the pot. Cook
slowly for 10 to 15 minutes.
*Note: trim off the stems
of the sprouts and soak the sprouts for 15 minutes in 1 qt
cold water with 2 tsp salt. Cut the sprouts in half and
rinse well before using.
Eb and Flo's - Bald Head Island
8 Marina Wynd
- 910 457-7217
Farmer's Market Restaurant - Raleigh
Market Drive – 919 755-1550
Breakfast and lunch served every day. Good biscuits.
Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ
Plaza - 828 349-4743
Featured in the January 2004 issue of Southern Living.
The bbq chicken and baby back ribs are both highly rated. A
second eatery (same name) is now located in nearby
Waynesville, NC (193 Waynesville Plaza; 828 456-6368). No
beer or liquor is served, but you can order up a fine glass
wine with your smoked swine --- no kidding!
Open 11am to 9pm everyday but Sunday.
Fresh House - Locust
805 West Main
Street - 704-888-1460
Fuller’s – Lumberton
North Roberts Avenue - 910 738-8694
I-95 to Exit 20. Buffet-style restaurant features Eastern
Carolina BBQ with peppery vinegar sauce. Other menu staples
include chicken gizzards, greens, fatback, chicken and
pastry, and good vegetables.
Fuzzy's - Madison
Murphy Street - 336 427-4130
Giggling Mackerel Seafood Grille - Ocean Isle Beach
Causeway Drive - 910 575-0902
Gus' Sir Beef - Charlotte
4101 Monroe Rd
- 704 377-3210
Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm. “Classic
Home-cooked Americana Country Cooking”.
Hursey's Barbecue -
South Church Street - 336 226-1694
& G Bar B Que - Burlington
Church Street – 336 584-9399
The Jarrett House –
Intersection of US 23 and US 441 South – 800 972-5623
Lunch and Dinner everyday but check their website for
seasonal hours. Breakfast served to Inn guests only. Lunch
features include ham, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings,
catfish, and more; dinner options are highlighted by deep
fried rainbow trout, fresh from mountain streams; try the
unusual Vinegar Pie on the dessert menu.
Jimmie's Sweets - Matthews
Matthews Station Street - 704 847 3242
Jimmy's Barbecue -
Cotton Grove Road - 336 357-2311
Jordan's House of Seafood & Oyster Bar - Emerald Isle
Emerald Drive - 252 354-5722
Simple, no frills concrete structure. Good broiled seafood
and hush puppies.
Springs Road - 704 278-1619
rustic BBQ chicken shack featuring all the traditional side
dishes (baked beans, slaw, etc.). Leave room for the Red
Ken's Grill - LaGrange
Highway 70 W - 252 566-4765
Monday through Tuesday from 5am-3pm; Wednesday to Saturday
King's BBQ - Kinston
New Bern Road - 800 332-6465 or 919 527 2101
Eastern North Carolina hand chopped Pork BBQ and much more.
Other menu highlights include the Fried Chicken, Fried Sea
Trout, thick Brunswick Stew, and the famous Pig in a Puppy
(a unique sandwich made with hushpuppy dough and Pork BBQ).
Daily lunch specials. For dessert, sample the Homestyle Pies
or Banana Pudding in an edible waffle bowl. Order their BBQ
worldwide by calling 800-332-OINK.
Knightdale Seafood and
BBQ – Knightdale
Court – 919 266-4447
Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week. All you can eat lunch
buffet Monday – Friday for $7.50. They now have an oyster
Little Pigs Bar-B-Que - Asheville
Street - 828 254-4253
McCall's Barbecue and
Seafood - Goldsboro
Millers Chapel Road – 919 751-0072
There is a second location at 10365 US Hwy 70 W in Clayton.
The Magnolia Grill -
1002 9th Street - 919 286-3609
Gourmet eatery with a distinctively Southern flair. Known
far and wide as one of the finest restaurants in the
Research Triangle area. Jean Anderson of Bon Appetit
writes: "In an area where new restaurants pop up like hush
puppies in deep fat -- and collapse faster than a cooling
souffle -- Ben and Karen Barker's Magnolia Grill still packs
them in. Indeed people will drive a hundred miles just to
eat there." Check out their great cookbook, "Not Afraid of
Flavor" (UNC Press) by surfing to
www.magnoliagrillcookbook.com. This attractive volume
includes 125 recipes and some eye-catching color
photography. A terrific find for the gourmet chef with a
weakness for down home ingredients such as sweet potatoes,
pork chops, and freshly cooked greens.
Mecca Restaurant -
Martin Street - 919 832-5714
Closed Sunday. Cash only.
Meta's - Winston-Salem
Third Street - 336 750-0811
Mollie's - Surf City
Shore Drive - 910 328-0505
Moore's BBQ - New Bern
MLKing Jr. Blvd - 252 638-3937
Moose Café – Asheville
Brevard Road – 828 255-0920
7 am – 8 pm. Located adjacent to the Asheville Farmer’s
market … so they have great fresh vegetables here. They
also serve a nice Buttermilk Fried Chicken and country ham.
They’re also in Greesboro. Check out the website for
Nu-Wray Inn – Burnsville
102 Town Square, 28714 - 828 682-2329
Parker's - Wilson
301 South - 252 237-0972
and Brunswick stew are the staples here.
Price's Chicken Coop - Charlotte
1614 Camden Rd
- 704 333-9866
Pulliam's BBQ -
Walkertown Road - 336 767-2211
and Hot Dogs
R.O.'S Barbecue – Gastonia
1318 Gaston Ave. - 704-866-8143
“Home of the Slaw Burger”, but if you have to have your
meat, try the Barbecue-Slaw Combo. Open Monday – Saturday
9:30am to 10pm.
Ralph's BBQ - Weldon
1400 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway - 252 536-2102
BBQ - Charlotte
N. Tryon Street – 888 744-6889
River Forest Manor –
738 East Main Street - 252 943-2151
Roast Grill - Raleigh
7 South West
Street - 919 832-8292
Sam & Omie's - Nags Head
South Virginia Dare Trail - 919 441-7366
comfortable gathering spot on the Outer Banks. Perhaps most
famous for breakfast.
Short Sugar's Pit BBQ -
South Scales Street - 336 342-7487
Since 1949. ‘nuff said.
Skylight Inn (Jones' BBQ)
South Lee Street - 252 746-4113
Bar – Hickory
1st Avenue SW – 828 322-5432
Snappy Lunch – Mount Airy
Main Street – 336-786-4931
Breakfast and Lunch, Monday – Saturday. The Snappy, which
opened its doors in 1923, was once mentioned on the Andy
Griffith TV show. Home of the world famous Pork Chop
Sandwich, created by the Snappy’s owner Charles Dowel. He
tenderizes the chops for a real taste treat. Tourists and
locals alike rave about the end result. Highly recommended!
Don’t forget to get your haircut next door at Floyd’s City
Stamey's BBQ - Greensboro
Point Road - 336 299-9888
Stephenson's Barbecue -
Highway 50 North - 919 894-4530
Sunny Side Oyster Bar –
1102 Washington Street - 252 792-3416
T & W Oyster Bar –
Highway 58 – 252 393-8838
Monday – Saturday, dinner only (5pm-9pm); Sunday for Lunch
and Dinner (12pm-9pm).
Ted's Famous Kickin’
Chicken - Winston-Salem
Main Street - 336 650-0290
is the original family owned location. The others are
franchised. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11am-10pm.
Closes at 8pm on Sunday.
The Todd House - Tabor
102 Live Oak Street - 910 653-3778
Terrific, friendly place with a down-home lunch buffet in
the small, Eastern NC town known for it’s annual Yam
Festival. Good fried chicken. Pork BBQ can be found on
Wednesday buffet. Famous diners at the Todd House have
included UNC Basketball legend, Dean Smith, Boxer Sugar Ray
Leonard, and actress Drew Barrymore. Highly recommended!
Toot-N-Tell – Garner
Garner Road, 27529 – 919 772-2616
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Monday – Saturday. Breakfast
and Lunch on Sunday. Originally opened as a drive-in back
in 1946, it is now more of a sit-down restaurant featuring a
very popular dish of fried salt pork. Some refer to it as
“Streak-o-lean.” The owners here say they fry up about 500
lbs. Of the stuff each week! Chitterlings are also offered
Tupelo Honey Cafe –
College Street - 828 255-4863
Southern cooking with an uptown twist; casual, comfortable
surroundings featuring a lunch counter overlooking the
kitchen and slowly circulating ceiling fans; breakfast is
highlighted by such delectables as Tupelo Omelet (with al la
carte selections available), Sweet Potato Pancakes (served
with 100% maple syrup), and a Breakfast Bowl of pinto beans,
goat cheese grits with eggs, bacon and salsa. Entrees
served later in the day include a Charleston Chicken
Sandwich, Brian's Shrimp and Grits, Sheer Bliss Tupelo
Burger, and Cajun Catfish. Open daily 9am to 10pm. New
location at 1829 Hendersonville Road which opens at 11am.
Visit the online store for Tupelo Honey, pies and more.
Whitley's Barbecue - Murfreesboro
3664 Hwy 8 –
official restaurant of the Lexington BBQ Festival. Open
every day from 6am to 9pm.
Whole Truth Church and Lunchroom - Wilson
Walnut Street South - 252 237-5595
Crispy fried bird and musky collard greens are peddled here;
in the process they raise revenue and spirits! Open
Wednesday –Saturday, 11am-6pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm.
Wilber's BBQ - Goldsboro
4172 U.S. Highway 70 East - 919 778-5218
7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Try a combo
Woodland's BBQ & Pickin' Parlor - Blowing Rock
Boulevard (Hwy 321 Bypass) - 828 295-3651
Lunch and dinner every day.
Zack's - Burlington
West Davis Street - 336 226-4746
dogs at their best” although they have a wide variety of
sandwiches to chose from on their menu. Open for Breakfast,
Lunch and Dinner. Closed Sunday.