Originally Posted by skidmo
If you want to find good barbecue in North Carolina (whether Western or Eastern style) follow these simple rules.
1. No chain restaurants. All of these are tourist traps and faux barbecue. If one owner has more than two restaurants, don't go there.
2. There must be at least one stuffed animal inside the restaurant, preferably one that was killed AND stuffed by the owner.
3. There must be a man's name or a city's name in the restaurant's name.
4. There must be a smoker outside the restaurant and it should be smoking at all times. If the smoker is not going constantly, the restaurant is either unpopular or they are mixing non-smoked BBQ with the small amount they smoke.
5. When you look at the restaurant for the first time, you should have to pause for a second or two before going in and wonder if its sanitary.
6. The waitresses must all be: (i) extremely young girls in tight fitting clothes or (ii) old hags who have worked there for 30+ years. Oddly, I've never been to a good BBQ joint where there were some from each category.
7. If you tell the waitress you want a "chopped plate and tea," the order will be taken with no further explanation and will arrive correct with the tea already sweetened.
8. The BBQ sandwich automatically comes with slaw unless you tell them to leave it off.
9. The smoking and non-smoking tables will be no more than three feet apart with no dividers.
10. If, god forbid, you order a hamburger, it will come with mayonnaise on it.
11. Finally, for true bonus points, the brunswick stew on the menu will have squirrel meat in it.
LOL, we went to a place in Durham that met almost every on eof these requirements.
Sat 8/6: Philly to Front Royal
Sun: Front Royal to Roanoke with a detour to Monticello
Mon: Roanoke to Asheville, maybe a stop in Boone, if not we will do a day trip to Roanoke
Tue-Thur: Asheville with either a trip to Boone or out to Deals Gap
If anyone is around and wants to get a meal/drink in along these perameters. PM me for my cell number.