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September 2019 North Carolina Trip

Wednesday, September 11th
 
 
 
I had planned to stay home the week following my Providence/Maine trip, to relax before the start of the new CSO season. But when I heard from Cliff that he and Mariton were going to be in North Carolina, and they were going to go to Grady’s, my favorite barbecue place, for the first time, I asked if I could come along. They graciously agreed! They weren’t arriving until late Friday night, so I thought, why not go a couple of days early. As I have done so many times now, I flew into Raleigh and drove to Chapel Hill, where I met up with my girlfriend’s sister Lenore at Starbucks, and then headed to Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. I’m very happy to be here.

 
I think Lenore was happy also.

 

 
I got a butter biscuit with bacon. It was fantastic.

 

 
Lenore got a sausage biscuit. She said hers was great also.

 

 
 
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
1305 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
http://sunrisebiscuits.com 



Our next stop was at Real Q Barbecue in Winston-Salem. I had been there in May, but loved it so much I wanted to go back again. I’m glad we did.

 
I love the old signs that decorate the place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I guess if I lived nearby, I might consider trying the burgers or other things.

 
We each ordered a barbecue sandwich with slaw (I got the large sandwich), and shared the hush puppies, freshly made potato chips, and baked beans. Everything was terrific.

 

 
This is a great barbecue sandwich.

 

 
The hush puppies were wonderful.

 
The second time I have had the hot chips, and I loved them.

 
The beans were great as well. This was a fantastic lunch.

 
 
Real Q
4885 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 
https://www.real-q.com/countryclub
 
 
For lunch no. 2 we headed to Lexington, and Lexington Barbecue, or as it is commonly known, Lexington No. 1. It was also fantastic.

 

 

 
You know you’re going to taste that smoke.

 
Different types of decorations!

 

 

 

 
We each ordered a chopped barbecue sandwich with slaw, and we shared an order of hush puppies. I asked for a few pork skins (instead of ordering a tray, which is way too much), and they were nice enough to give them to us.

 
This was a great sandwich, and I maybe liked it a bit more than the one at Real Q. The pork was more finely chopped, and there was more of the slaw. I’m glad that for today I didn’t have to choose one or the other.

 
The hush puppies were excellent.

 
The pork skins, while full of flavor, were a bit much today, probably because of the two lunches.

 
I hadn’t seen this shirt for a while, and they said they had just gotten them in.

 

 

 
 
Lexington Barbecue
100 Smokehouse Lane
Lexington, North Carolina 
http://www.lexbbq.com
 
 
As we headed back to Chapel Hill, we made a detour off the Interstate to the town of Mebane, which just happened to have a very nice knitting store. Both Jennie and Lenore are avid and tremendously accomplished knitters.

 

 
If you’ve ever tried to talk to a knitter while they’re counting stitches, you’ll understand the significance of this little plate.

 
Many knitting stores seem to have very nice cats. This one was no exception.

 

 
 
The Twisted Knitter
109 N. 3rd Street
Mebane, NC 
https://www.thetwistedknitter.com
 
 
Dinner tonight was at The Pig. I’ve been here now I think three times, and come here more often now that the original Allen and Son has closed. I don’t think it reached the heights of either of our lunch places, but it is a very good place with lots of variety.

 
Lenore is reminding me where the door is.

 

 

 
Tonight’s specials.

 
Beer specials.

 
Lenore had a beer and I had an iced tea.

 
I had the excellent barbecue sandwich with yellow mustard slaw and a side of really good fries.

 

 

 
It comes with a little cup of really good pickles.

 
Lenore had a half of the beet and blue salad, plus a three-side special.

 
Really good mac and cheese.

 
Very good fried okra.

 
Very good collards. We added some of their house vinegar barbecue dip, which made them even better. This was an excellent dinner, although the portion size of the sides was so big that there was no way we could finish everything.

 
 
The Pig
630 Weaver Dairy Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
https://thepigrestaurant.com
 
 
Much more to come.....
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/10/31 23:52:57 (permalink)
    Thursday, September 12th
     
     
    Breakfast no. 1 was back at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. No bacon or sausage today, just a biscuit for Lenore and a butter biscuit for me.

     

     

     
     
     Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
    1305 East Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    http://sunrisebiscuits.com
     
     
    I had thought that maybe I was done with multiple breakfasts (what was I thinking!), but I “happened” to find this bakery in the same shopping plaza as the Starbucks I go to in Chapel Hill. This is a branch of a bakery and café/biergarten in Durham.

     
    They have wonderful looking breads and pastries.

     

     

     

     
    This scone looked particularly enticing.

     

     

     

     
    Unfortunately, the croissant was just okay.

     

     
    The lemon blueberry scone, on the other hand, was terrific. Lenore and I shared the scone, and immediately made plans to come back tomorrow and each get our own.

     

     

     
     
    Guglhupf Bakery
    1800 Eastlake
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
    https://guglhupf.com/chapel-hill-bake-shop/
     
     
    Our next stop was Grady’s, my Holy Grail of Barbecue, and the 12th time I have been here since January, 2012.

     

     
    My barbecue sandwich with slaw, fried chicken breast, and steamed cabbage.

     
    Lenore’s sandwich, fried chicken thigh, and collards. I tasted the collards and they were great.

     
    Total perfection.

     

     
    Spectacular fried chicken.

     
    I love the cabbage.

     
    Heaven.

     
    I agree completely.

     
    My second helping. I didn’t want to overdo it, so I left out the cabbage.

     

     

     

     
    The smiling Mrs. Grady. Always a warm welcome.

     
     
    Grady’s Barbecue
    3096 Arrington Bridge Rd

    Dudley, North Carolina 
    https://www.facebook.com/gradysbbqnc/
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/gradys-barbecue-dudley
     
     
    Our next stop was the North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. I’ve been there a number of times, and always enjoy visiting. On the way, we saw this truck parked off to the side in a parking lot. It seemed very apropos to this trip.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
    North Carolina Botanical Garden
    100 Old Mason Farm Road
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    https://ncbg.unc.edu
     
     
    After walking around the gardens we stopped at Maple View Ice Cream, where we had been once before. I somehow managed to forget to take pictures of the ice cream, but I don’t think it was as good as I remembered.

     

     
     
    Maple View Ice Cream
    6900 Rocky Ridge Rd.
    Hillsborough, North Carolina 
    https://mapleviewfarm.com
     
     
    We went back to the hotel, and I went over to Starbucks for some tea. It was a really hot day.

     

     
    For dinner we went to Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q in Willow Spring, where I had been there twice before, both times for lunch. This was Lenore’s first visit.

     
    Possibly an original sign?

     
    A very plain dining room. During the day, if you sit near the window, you can look out into a nice wooded area.

     
    Not sure if they have live music?

     
    They bring a dish of chopped ice to the table with the menus, so that when the ice melts in your drink you don’t have to ask for more.

     
    We both ordered the barbecue sandwich (with slaw) and we both enjoyed it very much.

     

     
    The hush puppies were very good.

     
    Lenore’s side of green beans.

     
    I also ordered a 1/4 white meat chicken meal, but they only had dark meat, so I got that instead, with boiled potatoes and steamed cabbage. I had had the fried chicken in my previous visits and really enjoyed it, but I really didn’t like it tonight. Plus, all three of our sides (not the hush puppies) were mostly lukewarm or even cold. It was pretty disappointing. Maybe it was just too late in the evening to come? We got there at around 8 pm.

     
    Lenore also ordered a side of fried chicken livers, which she enjoyed, but I don’t eat them, and the portion was so large she couldn’t begin to eat it all.

     
     
    Stephenson's Bar-B-Q
    11964 NC 50 Hwy N
    Willow Spring, North Carolina 
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/stephensons-bar-b-q-willow-spring
     
     
    Our last stop of the day was at Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream, not far from Willow Spring. It had been recommended to me years ago on Roadfood, and I was happy to finally find the opportunity to try it.

     

     
    There were so many flavors to choose from it was overwhelming. I expected that they would rotate the flavors, but they said they had them all available. Not sure how that works. Their website says that they have over 120 flavors.

     
    Different ice cream concoctions.

     
    I went with pistachio and cookies and cream. Lenore had pistachio and mocha chip. I thought it was quite good, but Lenore thought it had a chemical and artificial texture and flavor.

     

     

     

     
    The garbage can.

     
     
    Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream
    8617 Hwy 55 South
    Angier, North Carolina 
    http://sunniskys.com
     
     
    Much more to come.....
     
    post edited by Davidsanders - 2019/11/01 00:39:14
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 00:35:17 (permalink)
    Friday, September 13th



     
    We started this morning back at Sunrise Biscuits. I have to confess that both Lenore and I seemed to be getting tired of them, and we actually couldn’t finish them. We had both ordered butter biscuits, but they forgot the butter on mine. It seemed a bit bready and dry today. Maybe it’s just too many times in a row?

     

     

     
     
    Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
    1305 East Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    http://sunrisebiscuits.com
     
     
    Next was a return to Guglhupf Bake Shop, which we had decided to do after having the lemon blueberry scone yesterday.

     
    Lenore also got a latte, which she said was excellent. Not sure what the decoration is supposed to be.

     
    We each got the lemon blueberry scone. You can see little pieces of lemon embedded in the scone. It is first rate, although I think we both thought the one yesterday was even better.

     

     

     
    Lenore also got a piece of chocolate cake to take back home to Virginia, because she was leaving today. I wouldn’t have been able to wait to eat it until then. This place will definitely be on my list of places to go every time I am in Chapel Hill.

     

     
     
    Guglhupf Bakery
    1800 Eastlake
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
    https://guglhupf.com/chapel-hill-bake-shop/
     
     
    Our next stop was to Plant Delights Nursery, a cross between a nursery and a Botanic Garden, where they were having one of their few open sales days. It’s really an incredible place.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
    Plant Delights Nursery
    9241 Sauls Road
    Raleigh, North Carolina 
    https://www.plantdelights.com
     
     
    After the nursery, Lenore headed back to Virginia, and I headed to B’s Barbecue in Greenville, North Carolina. I had been there about five years ago and really enjoyed it, and this time I loved it. I love the fact that it has its own street.

     
    I arrived at about 1:30, and even though they close at 2:00, as I walked up to the building, I noticed the closed sign on the front. There were still people mulling around, and a man opened a take-out window on the side of the building and asked if he could help me. He said the dining room was closed and they were out of everything except coleslaw and just enough pork for one sandwich. I eagerly said I would take it! While my sandwich was being prepared, somebody else came up to the window to place an order and was told I had just ordered the last sandwich. For a minute I thought he might get mad and try to take it away from me, but he just left, looking fairly dejected. I know how I would have felt.

     
    This sign went up as my sandwich was being prepared.

     
    The sandwich was fantastic, absolutely great. I had forgotten how good it was over the last 5 1⁄2 years since I had been. I’m so glad I went.

     

     

     
     
    B's Barbecue
    751 B's Barbecue Road
    Greenville, North Carolina 
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/bs-barbecue-greenville
     
     
    From B’s Barbecue I went to Sam Jones Whole Hog BBQ, which was only about five miles away. Sam Jones, the grandson of Pete Jones, who started the Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina, opened his own place, using his grandfather’s and father’s recipes. Sam Jones couldn’t be more different than B’s. While B’s feels really old school and the building seems like it could be falling down at any minute, Sam Jones seems rather upscale, and a bit like a sports bar.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    I hadn’t been here before, but I’ve had the Sam Jones barbecue sandwiches at the Windy City Smokeout in Chicago over the last three summers and really liked the sandwiches a lot. I’m afraid this time, while I thought it was good, it was kind of just good. The sandwich was overstuffed so the ratio of pork to slaw to bun wasn’t quite right. I’m not saying it was bad, not by any means, but it just didn’t reach the heights of Grady’s, B’s, Lexington No. 1 and Real Q. Even the Pig and Stephenson’s had better sandwiches.

     

     

     
    The handcut fries came out limp and not hot enough.

     
    They made me a new batch that were better, hot for a little while, and then quickly started cooling off.

     
    The beans were okay.

     
    The sauce was good.

     
    Bathroom decoration.

     
     
    Sam Jones BBQ
    715 West Fire Tower Road
    Winterville, North Carolina 
    https://www.samjonesbbq.com
     
     
    After the two barbecue sandwiches I drove the hour and 45 minutes back to Chapel Hill, got an iced tea refill at Starbucks and went back over to Guglhupf for a little something.

     
    I got an apple Frangipane tartlet, and didn’t really love it. I liked the apple slices a lot, but not the pastry part.

     

     

     
     
    Guglhupf Bakery
    1800 Eastlake
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
    https://guglhupf.com/chapel-hill-bake-shop/
     
     
    Dinner tonight was my first visit to Al’s Burger Shack in Chapel Hill. I must say it was nice to have something different after eight pork sandwiches in three days!

     

     

     

     
    Hard at work.

     

     
    I know Cheerwine is a Roadfood favorite, but I had it once, and that was enough.

     

     
    I really liked the fact that they had a choice of a three ounce or six ounce burger. I had the three ounce bacon and cheddar burger, plus a hot dog with mustard, slaw and relish. It was very, very good. The fries were also very good. A really excellent meal.

     

     

     
    I had never had a hot dog with coleslaw on it. I liked it a lot. The hot dog had a nice snap to it.

     

     

     

     
     
    Al’s Burger Shack
    516 W. Franklin
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    https://www.alsburgershack.com
     
     
    Much more to come.....
     
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 01:50:24 (permalink)
    Saturday, September 14th



     
    Cliff and Mariton had arrived late last night, and we met up this morning before 8 am at Flo’s in Wilson, about an hour and a half from Chapel Hill. I had been to Flo’s about five and a half years ago but was so enamored by then of Sunrise Biscuits that I probably didn’t give it a fair chance. I was really happy to go back, and to be there with Cliff and Mariton for their first visit. While there was a long line of cars waiting for the drive through window, we were able to get inside and find a table in the very small place.

     

     

     
    The drive-through window.

     
    Steady stream of cars.

     
    Just a few tables.

     
    And a very small area for the cooks.

     
    You can get lots of different things on your biscuit!

     
    We ordered a bacon biscuit, country ham biscuit, sausage, cheese, and egg biscuit, fatback biscuit, a bowl of grits, and a side of molasses. Lots of food! I found the biscuits to be a bit dry and overly firm, but good. I still prefer the type of biscuit at Sunrise.

     
    The bacon was great, and very plentiful.

     
    The sausage was also great.

     

     
    I had a bite of the fatback, which was okay, not my favorite.

     

     
    I also had a bite of the country ham, which was very good.

     
    I got a very blurry photo of the grits, which I’m not sure if anyone ate.

     
    I didn’t have any of the molasses, but Cliff and Mariton enjoyed dipping the biscuits in it.

     

     
     
    Flo's Kitchen
    1015 Goldsboro Street
    Wilson, North Carolina 
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/flos-kitchen-wilson
     
     
    Stop no. 2 was at the Wilson Doughnut Shop, just a few minutes away from Flo’s.

     
    They had no cake donuts at all, which I thought was strange, but the glazed were pretty good.

     

     
    They had some very large and good-looking cinnamon rolls.

     

     
    We settled on a glazed.....

     
    ..... a chocolate covered glazed.....

     
    ..... and this giant. I forget what this was called, but it was pretty much like a very large glazed donut. I can’t remember if it was filled, but I don’t think so.

     

     
    One of the workers (the owner?) came out of the back with a tray of freshly made donut holes. Cliff started talking to him, we took some pictures, and the next thing we know he brought us each a couple as a gift. Very nice people work here.

     

     
     
    Wilson Donut Shop
    525 S. Tarboro Street W
    Wilson, North Carolina 
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/..on-doughnut-shop-wilson



    Stop no. 3 was at Morris Barbeque, a place I had never heard of until Cliff suggested trying it. They have been open since 1956 and are only open on Saturdays. Since it was a Saturday, we figured we had to give it a try. This is the only other barbecue place that I’ve seen that has their own street.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    We got there about 9:30 a.m. and were told that they only had two orders of ribs left. They do a brisk business. We ordered one of the rib plates, a barbecue plate with hush puppies and slaw, and I got a barbecue sandwich. I think everything was pretty good. I didn’t particularly like the hush puppies, but the sandwich was good.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    We got to watch them pulling the pig in an adjoining room to our table.

     

     

     
    We tried to get a few pork skins, but they were already spoken for in to go orders.

     
    The ribs and barbecue plate each came with dessert, and we got the banana pudding and the pineapple cake. Since there was only one other dessert available, we got the chocolate cake as well.

     

     

     

     
     
    Morris BBQ
    891 Morris BBQ Road
    Hookerton, North Carolina 
    https://www.morrisbarbeque.com
     
     
    Stop no. 4, and once again the highlight of the day and the trip, was Grady’s. My 13th visit to Grady’s was Cliff and Mariton’s first.

     

     
    I once again had the barbecue sandwich, steamed cabbage, and fried chicken breast. Great as usual. My regret was that since this was the second lunch in less than an hour, I could only bring myself to order one sandwich and one chicken breast.

     

     

     
    Cliff and Mariton ordered a barbecue plate with sides of collards and butter beans. They both loved the pork and all the vegetables.

     

     

     

     
    The plate came with a side of hush puppies. I had had them only once, because I always get the fried chicken, but it was great to have them again. They were really good.

     
    They also got the chicken thigh and leg, and it came with an extra leg. I loved their reaction to the food. As Cliff was taking a picture of one of the chicken legs he marveled at the intense color of the skin.

     
    When Cliff had his first bite of the banana pudding his reaction was “wow”! This was a great stop.

     
     
    Grady’s Barbecue
    3096 Arrington Bridge Rd

    Dudley, North Carolina 
    https://www.facebook.com/gradysbbqnc/
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/gradys-barbecue-dudley
     
     
    From Grady’s we drove to Wilmington, North Carolina, checked into the hotel and headed for Calabash, North Carolina, about an hour from Wilmington. We had wanted to go to Hot Dog, legendary on Roadfood, a place noted for, what else, hot dogs, but also baby pies, which we really wanted to try. They close at 3:00, and we arrived at 3:01. I decided to knock on the door and see if they would let me in, but the door was still open. The grills were off, but they still had two baby pies left, which I took. They were key lime and banana, which I thought were just okay, but certainly worth trying.

     

     

     

     

     
     
    Hotdog
    Q10207 Beach Drive SW
    Calabash, North Carolina 
    https://www.facebook.com/thehotdogworks/
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-dog-calabash-3
     
     
    Stop no. 6 was the Calabash Seafood Hut. There was a big crowd and a line waiting to get in, which we took as a good sign.

     

     
    They also have a takeout window.

     

     

     

     
    We ordered the oyster stew, fried shrimp plate, shrimp stuffed with crab, a soft shell crab side order, hush puppies, fries, and slaw. Unfortunately, most of the food was rather mediocre and we left quite a lot of it.

     

     
    The shrimp were pretty small, with not much flavor.

     

     

     

     
    Mariton is smiling, but I don’t think it was a reflection of what she thought of the food.

     
     
    Calabash Seafood Hut
    1125 River Road
    Calabash, North Carolina 
    https://www.facebook.com/calabashseafoodhut/
     
     
    Stop no. 7 was the Calabash Creamery, which we had passed driving to the other stops. While they had some good looking flavors, I’m afraid it didn’t really live up to our expectations.

     

     
    Interesting cowbell.

     

     

     

     
    Mariton didn’t think her pineapple shake had enough pineapple flavor.

     

     
    1, 2, and 3 scoop containers.

     

     

     
    We followed the advice.

     

     
    My cookies and cream also didn’t have much flavor.

     
    This was Cliff’s, but I don’t remember what he had.

     
     
    Calabash Creamery
    9910 Beach Drive SW
    Calabash, North Carolina 
    https://www.calabashcreamery.com
     
     
    Stop no. 8 was Crabby Oddwaters, which was much better than the Calabash Seafood Hut. It’s a beautiful setting on the water, and the food was very good.

     

     

     

     
    A heron waiting for his dinner to swim by?

     

     

     
    We started with a complimentary basket of hush puppies, which were excellent.

     

     
    I ordered a Caesar salad and a peel and eat shrimp appetizer.

     
    The shrimp were quite good, but I really don’t like having to peel them myself. Lazy!

     
    Cliff and Mariton split a bowl of she crab soup.....

     
    ..... corn pudding.....

     
    ..... and the restaurant’s version of a low country boil. It was all very good.

     

     
     
    Crabby Oddwaters
    310 Sunset Blvd. N.
    Sunset Beach, North Carolina 
    https://www.crabby-oddwaters.com
     
     
    We drove back to Wilmington and the hotel, and Cliff and Mariton settled in to watch the Clemson football game. I puttered around in my hotel room for a while and then at around 9:30 headed out to a nearby shopping mall for Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream, my 9th stop for the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    I wasn’t indecisive, but I liked the fact that you can get multiple mini scoops if you can’t decide.

     
    I had double cookies and cream and strawberry.

     
    I’m not sure what the double cookies were, it was kind of like regular cookies and cream.

     
    I’ve certainly had better ice cream, but it was pretty good, and I was happy to have it to finish off the long day.

     
     
    Boombalatti's Homemade Ice Cream
    1127 Military Cutoff Road, #8
    Wilmington, North Carolina
    https://www.boombalattis.com
     
     
    More to come.....
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 04:26:29 (permalink)
    What amazing food. You know what I miss living in Jersey from my trips down south: Hushpuppies. You can get any food here...except hushpuppies. Miss them!!
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 05:46:19 (permalink)
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    I know Cheerwine is a Roadfood favorite, but I had it once, and that was enough.


    So you slammed a few Natty Bohs instead?
     
    Very nice report as usual, David!  And my wife knits, so I know exactly what you went through.
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 07:59:31 (permalink)
    Grady's was every bit as good as David has been writing about over the years.  Next time we will show up with a bigger appetite, so we can try more things.  Or even better, eat more of that fabulous fried chicken. 
     
    The two places in Calabash were a big disappointment.  The ice cream place had a weird vibe and the ice cream itself was not good at all.  It isn't very often we don't finish and here it was just a couple of bites and bye...
     
    BTW, David is a pleasure to travel with.  We had a great time getting to know him even better.
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 09:26:56 (permalink)
    Awesome trip and food!!
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 10:35:18 (permalink)
    Great report and photos, David.  
     
    I liked Cheerwine, but I've always been partial to cherry-flavored sodas.
     
     
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 14:41:04 (permalink)
    David - I love your trip reports! Thanks so much for doing them. I don't share your sweet tooth, but I really enjoy your enthusiasm, great descriptions,  and eating capacity - don't know how you do it!
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 19:05:32 (permalink)
    David, what a life! 
     
    Milano, Paris, and now: HEAVEN!
     
    Great pics as usual; thanks.
     
    And I have added Grady's to my RF 'bucket' and scratched off Sam Jones'.
     
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    BTW, thanks for the menu shots.
     
    Recently, I made fun of a Chicago bakery charging $2.30 for a simple glazed donut.  Since, my wife informs me that several places on "her rounds" here in DFW are worse.
     
    With those Carolina menus in mind, check this one from a new BBQ place that recently opened here.
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 20:47:14 (permalink)
    Sunday, September 15th
     
     
    Breakfast no. 1 was at Cast Iron Kitchen. This is an excellent place, the type of place if you lived in the area you could visit on a regular basis.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    I had my regular biscuit and bacon, and it was some of the best bacon I’ve had in a long time, and an excellent biscuit.

     

     

     

     
    Cliff and Mariton ordered shrimp and grits.....

     

     
    ..... a side of corned beef hash.....

     

     
    ..... and eggs Benedict. I had a shrimp and a couple of bites of the hash. It was all excellent.

     

     

     
     
    Cast Iron Kitchen
    8024 Market Street Unit 7
    Wilmington, North Carolina 
    https://castiron-kitchen.com
     
     
    Our next stop was going to be Rolled & Baked, but it turned out they were permanently closed.

     

     
     
    Our actual breakfast no. 2 was at the Dixie Grill.

     

     

     

     

     
    I had another biscuit and more bacon. The biscuit was dry and didn’t have a good consistency.

     

     
    The bacon was cold, but they made me some more.

     
    Cliff and Mariton had sweet potato pancakes.....

     
    ..... grits with cheese, and country ham. I didn’t try any of it. Nothing I had was particularly good, which is too bad, because it’s an interesting space with a very extensive menu.

     
     
    The Dixie Grill
    116 Market Street
    Wilmington, North Carolina 
    https://thedixiegrillwilmington.wordpress.com
     
     
    Next we went for a walk along the Riverfront.

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
    After the riverfront we went to the Airlie Botanical Gardens, which was very enjoyable. This was in the gift shop.

     
    We went to Airlie’s Butterfly House, which is part of the Tranquility Gardens.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    We also went to the Bottle Chapel, a chapel made of over 2800 bottles.

     

     

     

     

     
     
    After the Riverfront and the Botanical Gardens, we went to Apple Annie’s Bake Shop, which I had seen in the same shopping mall as Boombalatti’s.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    We had a Grand Marnier Triangle…..

     

     
    ..... blueberry danish.....

     

     
    ..... chocolate chip cookie.....

     
    ..... and a hazelnut square. Everything looked very good, but unfortunately it was just kind of okay. I know I’m spoiled when it comes to pastries.

     

     

     

     
     
    Apple Annie
    1121 Military Cutoff Rd., Ste. 1
    Wilmington, North Carolina 
    https://www.appleanniesbakeshop.com



    It was a very warm afternoon when we headed to our last stop, the Char-Grill location about 12 minutes from the Raleigh airport.

     

     
    Take out only, with outside seating, you could look in and watch the food being prepared.

     

     

     

     
    I had a small cheeseburger and a hot dog, with fries and slaw. Cliff and Mariton shared a pork bbq sandwich, burger, and milkshake. It was all okay, nothing special, but we didn’t really have time to look around for anything, with our flights home this evening.

     

     

     

     
     
    Char-Grill
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    https://www.chargrillusa.com
     
     
    While I had some reservations about going on another trip so soon after the one to Providence and Maine, and so close to when I had to go back to work, I was really happy to have gone. I love the places in the Carolinas I have been able to go back to numerous times, and I had a great time with Cliff and Mariton during the last two days. They are very special people, and I’m grateful they were okay with me joining them.
     
    Here is my summary, such that it is.
     
    My favorites (in no particular order):
     
    Grady’s 
    Lexington Barbecue
    Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen 
    B’s Barbecue
    Real Q
     
    Runners up:
     
    The Pig
    Guglhupf Bakery
    Al’s Burger Shack
     
    Very Good:
     
    Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q
    Flo’s Kitchen
    Cast Iron Kitchen
     
    Good:
     
    Sam Jones BBQ
    Maple View Ice Cream
    Sunni Sky’s Ice Cream
    Wilson Donut Shop
    Morris BBQ
    Hotdog
    Calabash Creamery
    Crabby Oddwaters
    Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream
     
    A disappointment:
     
    Calabash Seafood Hut
    Dixie Grill
    Apple Annie’s Bake Shop
    Char-Grill
     
     
    Thanks for reading!
     
     
    post edited by Davidsanders - 2019/11/02 09:32:27
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 22:00:18 (permalink)
    Great report!!
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 23:06:11 (permalink)
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    I know Cheerwine is a Roadfood favorite, but I had it once, and that was enough.


    So you slammed a few Natty Bohs instead?
     
    Very nice report as usual, David!  And my wife knits, so I know exactly what you went through.


    No, No Natty Bohs for me Brad.
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 23:16:32 (permalink)
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    Grady's was every bit as good as David has been writing about over the years.  Next time we will show up with a bigger appetite, so we can try more things.  Or even better, eat more of that fabulous fried chicken. 
     
    The two places in Calabash were a big disappointment.  The ice cream place had a weird vibe and the ice cream itself was not good at all.  It isn't very often we don't finish and here it was just a couple of bites and bye...
     
    BTW, David is a pleasure to travel with.  We had a great time getting to know him even better.


    Cliff, traveling with you and Mariton was such a pleasure for me as well. It made me so happy that you enjoyed Grady's, maybe as much as I did (although that would be awfully difficult). Overall it really is my favorite barbecue place. There are a few places tied for second place, and I really enjoy going to them as well, but Grady's, maybe because it was my first experience with North Carolina bbq, is so special to me, and, as you say, they have that fabulous, fabulous fried chicken. 
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/01 23:20:54 (permalink)
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    David, what a life! 
     
    Milano, Paris, and now: HEAVEN!
     
    Great pics as usual; thanks.
     
    And I have added Grady's to my RF 'bucket' and scratched off Sam Jones'.
     
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    BTW, thanks for the menu shots.
     
    Recently, I made fun of a Chicago bakery charging $2.30 for a simple glazed donut.  Since, my wife informs me that several places on "her rounds" here in DFW are worse.
     
    With those Carolina menus in mind, check this one from a new BBQ place that recently opened here.


    MetroplexJim, yes, I've been really lucky, in so many ways. And I'll be back in London, Paris, and Milan in January (as well as Cologne, Vienna, Luxembourg, Naples, and Florence). 
     
    I hope Grady's will be around for a long time, but with them both in their 80s..............
     
    I looked at the menu for Pappas. Interesting. I bet it's good.  $20 seems a bit pricey for a pulled pork meal with two sides. It's also strange that in their combos they have pulled pork for a choice of sliced meat.
     
    post edited by Davidsanders - 2019/11/01 23:30:31
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/02 08:35:33 (permalink)
    Davidsanders


    That's my kind of corned beef hash!  It's hard enough to find places that make it from scratch, and seemingly even harder to find them where bell peppers and onions don't seem to be the primary ingredients.
     


     

    Y'know, you two could've had a normal conversation instead of texting each other...
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/02 14:13:13 (permalink)
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    That's my kind of corned beef hash!  It's hard enough to find places that make it from scratch, and seemingly even harder to find them where bell peppers and onions don't seem to be the primary ingredients.
     




    One word: McBob's.
     
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/03 08:44:11 (permalink)
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    That's my kind of corned beef hash!  It's hard enough to find places that make it from scratch, and seemingly even harder to find them where bell peppers and onions don't seem to be the primary ingredients.

    One word: McBob's.

    Yep, but unfortunately one word describes just one eatery in one location in one city.  Doesn't exactly help when I'm looking for breakfast in Pig Doody, Iowa.
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    Re: September 2019 North Carolina Trip 2019/11/04 15:59:18 (permalink)
    I did not know that Sam Jones (of the legendary Ayden, NC Skylight Joneses) had opened a chain of eponymous barbecue emporia.  In so doing he is taking a risk with his excellent reputation that some, like Aaron Franklin, refuse to take. 
     
    I couldn't choose between these two excellent short videos on Ayden and Sam, so here follow both:
     

     

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