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"Take All You Want, But Eat All You Take"

Allen and Son BBQ - Pittsboro
5650 Highway 501 North - 919 542-2294
The other location is 6203 Millhouse Rd in Chapel Hill.  Phone: 919-942-7576

Alston Bridges Barbecue - Shelby
620 East Grover Street - 704 482-1998

Baker’s Restaurant – Jacksonville

3257 Richlands Highway – 910 346-6557!/pages/Bakers-Restaurant/145510512183027?sk=wall
Open 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.  Cash only.

Big Ed's City Market - Raleigh
220 Wolfe Street - 919-836-9909
Down 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
6828 Beach Dr, SW - 910 579-6461

Bill Spoon's Barbecue - Charlotte
5524 South Boulevard - 704 525-8865!/pages/Bill-Spoons-BBQ/144994768885612?sk=info
Open 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
3007 Downing Street - 252 237-4372
Bill 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 – Shelby
2000 East Dixon Blvd - 704 482-8567
Serving the finest BBQ since 1946.  Open Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 8pm.

Bullock's - Durham

3330 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 - Fayetteville
691 South Reilly Road - 910 864-8691!/pages/Captain-Jerrys-Seafood/302672836236?sk=wall
Closed Monday.  Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday through Friday, Dinner on Saturday and Lunch and Dinner on Sunday.

Cardinal Drive-In – Brevard

344 South Broad, 28712 - 828 884-7085
Fine 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
618 Hillsborough St. - 919 821-7636
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Seven other locations around town.  This one is the original.

Coffee Cup, The – Charlotte
2909 North Davidson – 704 909-7096
Open since 1947, check them out in their new location.  Same great tradition of soul food.

Cox Family Restaurant – Morehead City
4109 Arendall Street – 252 726-6961!/pages/Cox-Family-Restaurant/211004712246660?sk=info
Open for three squares a day, 7 days a week.

Crab Shack, The - Salter Path
146 Headen Lane - 252 247-3444
Good 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
610 West Franklin Street - 919 929-7643
The 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
130 Hardin Street - 704 264-8657!/pages/Danl-Boone-Inn-Restaurant/349148446074?sk=info
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.

Dip's Country Kitchen - Chapel Hill

408 W 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.

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.

State Farmer's Market Restaurant - Raleigh

1240 Farmer's Market Drive – 919 755-1550
Breakfast and lunch served every day.  Good biscuits.

Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ - Franklin
311 Westgate 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.

Fuller’s – Fayetteville

7735 Raeford Rd - 910 867-3002
Take 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
111 West Murphy Street - 336 427-4130
Open 5am-9pm everyday.

Giggling Mackerel Seafood Grille - Ocean Isle Beach
65 Causeway Drive - 910 575-0902

Gus' Sir Beef - Charlotte
4101 Monroe Rd - 704 377-3210!/pages/Gus-Sir-Beef-Restaurant/190127107681635?sk=info
Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm. “Classic Home-cooked Americana Country Cooking”.

Hursey's Barbecue - Burlington
1834 South Church Street - 336 226-1694

The Jarrett House – Dillsboro 

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.

Jordan's House of Seafood & Oyster Bar - Emerald Isle

8106 Emerald Drive - 252 354-5722!/Jordanshouseofseafood?sk=wall
Simple, no frills concrete structure.  Good broiled seafood and hush puppies.

Keaton's Barbecue - Cleveland
17365 Cool Springs Road - 704 278-1619
A rustic BBQ chicken shack featuring all the traditional side dishes (baked beans, slaw, etc.).  Leave room for the Red Velvet Cake.

Ken's Grill - LaGrange
7645 U.S. Highway 70 W - 252 566-4765
Monday through Tuesday from 5am-3pm; Wednesday to Saturday 5am-8:30pm

King's BBQ - Kinston
405 East 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.

Lexington BBQ #1 (aka Honey Monk’s BBQ)

10 Hwy 29 at 70 South – 336 249-9814
Legendary BBQ

Little Pigs Bar-B-Que - Asheville
384 McDowell Street - 828 254-4253

McCall's Barbecue and Seafood - Goldsboro
139 Millers Chapel Road – 919 751-0072
There is a second location at 10365 US Hwy 70 W in Clayton.

Mecca Restaurant - Raleigh

13 East Martin Street - 919 832-5714!/pages/The-Mecca/72274364678?sk=wall
Closed Sunday.  Cash only.

Meta's - Winston-Salem
102 West Third Street - 336 750-0811

Moore's BBQ - New Bern

3711 Dr. MLKing Jr. Blvd - 252 638-3937

Moose Café – Asheville
570 Brevard Road – 828 255-0920
Open 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 information.

Nu-Wray Inn – Burnsville
102 Town Square, 28714 - 828 682-2329

Parker's - Wilson
2514 U.S. 301 South - 252 237-0972
BBQ and Brunswick stew are the staples here.

Price's Chicken Coop - Charlotte
1614 Camden Rd - 704 333-9866

Pulliam's BBQ - Winston-Salem
4400 Old Walkertown Road - 336 767-2211
BBQ 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
"An institution".

River Forest Manor – Belhaven

738 East Main Street - 252 943-2151

Roast Grill - Raleigh
7 South West Street - 919 832-8292

Sam & Omie's - Nags Head
7228 South Virginia Dare Trail - 919 441-7366
A comfortable gathering spot on the Outer Banks.  Perhaps most famous for breakfast.

Short Sugar's Pit BBQ - Reidsville
1328 South Scales Street - 336 342-7487
Since 1949. ‘nuff said.

Skylight Inn (Jones' BBQ) - Ayden
1501 South Lee Street - 252 746-4113!/pages/Skylight-Inn-Pete-Jones-BBQ/94674564942?sk=info

Snack Bar – Hickory
1346 1st Avenue SW – 828 322-5432

Snappy Lunch – Mount Airy
125 N. 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 Barber Shop.

Stamey's BBQ - Greensboro
2206 High Point Road - 336 299-9888

Stephenson's Barbecue - Willow Spring
11964 NC Highway 50 North - 919 894-4530

Sunny Side Oyster Bar – Williamston
1102 Washington Street - 252 792-3416

T & W Oyster Bar – Swansboro
2383 NC Highway 58 – 252 393-8838!/pages/T-and-W-Oyster-Bar/80920767142?sk=wall
Open Monday – Saturday, dinner only (5pm-9pm); Sunday for Lunch and Dinner (12pm-9pm).

Ted's Famous Kickin’ Chicken - Winston-Salem
4695 S. Main Street - 336 650-0290
This 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 City

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
903 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 here.

Tupelo Honey Cafe – Asheville
12 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 – 336 357-2364
The official restaurant of the Lexington BBQ Festival.  Open every day from 6am to 9pm.

Whole Truth Church and Lunchroom - Wilson 
515 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
Open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Try a combo plate.

Woodland's BBQ & Pickin' Parlor - Blowing Rock
8304 Valley Boulevard (Hwy 321 Bypass) - 828 295-3651
Lunch and dinner every day.

Zack's - Burlington
201 West Davis Street - 336 226-4746
“Hot 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.

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