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post #61 of 80
Bigbad w, I would love a few names and addresses in Wilson as I'll be driving through there in about a week. I've eaten alot of Smithfield. So, if there's a Smithfield in Wilson, I dont need that name. Thanks.

P.S. Thanks for sneaking skiing back into the discussion to keep us on topic. P.P.S, I do enjoy Mr. Barbecue in Winston-Salem (other than the hush puppies), but I always prefer the Eastern.
post #62 of 80
Anyone from the northeast ever been to Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse? For my money, its better than anything I've had out of the south (Georgia, Texas)... though I've never eaten BBQ in the Carolinas.
post #63 of 80
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe
Anyone from the northwest ever been to Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse? For my money, its better than anything I've had out of the south (Georgia, Texas)... though I've never eaten BBQ in the Carolinas.
I have been to the Dinosour BBQ in Rochester, yes it was very good. The BBQ I had in Jackson Hole was also awesome.

The food will come, in fact I might reopen a restaurant if and when we move down there.
post #64 of 80
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
rt. 129 is one of the best roads I have ever driven. In fact we drove 4 hours out of our way last time to hit it. 318 turns in 11 miles, awesome.
Drove it last weekend at about 1am in the morning. "The Monster" is an awsome drive, especially at night

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Originally Posted by skidmo
P.S., If you're wife needs to be near a really big city, check out the Lake Norman area near Charlotte, NC.
Couldn't agree more. You will find houses on Lake Norman that range from 7 figures down to 100K. There is a house there for everyone.

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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I have been to the Dinosour BBQ in Rochester, yes it was very good. The BBQ I had in Jackson Hole was also awesome.
I've been to the Dinosour in Syracuse and it was the best "Northern BBQ" I've ever had. The sweet tea tasted a little funny though. Can't really complain though when I find sweet tea in NY.

Bubbas in JH is the best "Western BBQ I've had", but neither compare to what we have here
post #65 of 80
Skidmo,

You can't go wrong with Bills BBQ or Parkers in Wilson. Both are great and I can't remember which restaurant (either Parkers or Bill Ellis) but on certain days there is a buffet (basically like going to a pig pickin...they have the better part of an entire pig on the buffet with all the fixens, sides and deserts....go hungry)

Wilbers in goldsboro is also very good depending on which area you are passing through. I know how to get to all three but don't ask me for directions. You could probably use google or just stop and ask...anyone in town will know how to get there.

Mr. Barbeque in winston is ok but Stameys in Greensboro is much better. The sauce is not traditional eastern style bbq but it has plenty of vinegar and is very good. Definatly worth a stop if you are passing through (take the high point road exit off 85 and its past the greensboro coliseum on the left)

http://www.hollyeats.com/NorthCarollina.htm
post #66 of 80
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Originally Posted by jhstroup
Drove it last weekend at about 1am in the morning. "The Monster" is an awsome drive, especially at night



Couldn't agree more. You will find houses on Lake Norman that range from 7 figures down to 100K. There is a house there for everyone.



I've been to the Dinosour in Syracuse and it was the best "Northern BBQ" I've ever had. The sweet tea tasted a little funny though. Can't really complain though when I find sweet tea in NY.

Bubbas in JH is the best "Western BBQ I've had", but neither compare to what we have here
It's "The Dragon" not "The Monster"

The cornbread at the Dinosaur is awesome.

Bubbas brisket was tremendous.


All this talk about BBQ...where is a great (not good) BBQ place in or near Asheville.
post #67 of 80
Since you're going to be in Asheville, Phil: Friday Seafood Buffet at the Grove Park Inn, get a table at Bistro 1896 downtown to catch the skreet action, tour the Biltmore Estate, including the Roof Tour of the upper levels ($14 extry). The wine, alas, sucks.

I also know the Assistant Director of Admissions of App. State.:
post #68 of 80
Actually Phil, it's the 'tail of the dragon'.

And if any of you are ever in Kinston, check out Kings BBQ, IMO the best bbq going. You can order it online here:http://www.kingsbbq.com/
post #69 of 80
BigBadWulf; I used to eat at Stamey's in between ACC tournament games at the coliseum. I grew up in northwest Greensboro.
post #70 of 80
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Actually Phil, it's the 'tail of the dragon'.
or "Deal's Gap" .
post #71 of 80
Zion,

I have many memories of ACC tourney games in Greensboro...I was there for most of the tourney two years ago....to bad those boys in blue always seem to run away with it. With expansion and all who knows when it will be back in greensboro....truly a great place to watch some accbball.
post #72 of 80
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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.

Itinerary:

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
Fri: Greensboro
Sat: Norfolk
Sun: home

If anyone is around and wants to get a meal/drink in along these perameters. PM me for my cell number.
post #73 of 80
Phil,

If you travel to Asheville from Roanoke via the Blue ridge park way, get off on the Hwy 321 exit (Boone/Blowing Rock) and go east to Blowing rock. Look for "The Woodlands" on the South side of the road (you go past 2 stop lights I think). They've gone a bit touristy since I left that area, but I think they still have pretty good food. My Brother in Law and I used to wear out wading shoes in there when we'd do lunch while out fishing.....

http://www.woodlandsbbq.com/

L
post #74 of 80

..some areas in Maine and NH are pretty nice!...

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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
...In-laws are hang gliders so we are familier with the outer backs....
I think that is Outer BANKS Phil! ...;-) sounds like a little shot ... There are nice areas here & there in Maine..and especially NH & VT..and Upper New York State! (grew up NE of Albany)..it's a beautiful state..., but I have to admit...these days it's not so much what state as much as location, location, location....

Steve
post #75 of 80
I'm on the Outer Banks....known as OBX here.

Jockeys Ridge is where they hang glide here..a big sand pile (more vertical than most mid atlantic ski areas) that was left here by a hurricane....There are houses under the sand and an old putt putt golf course is begining to come to the surface again.

There are other bears that own vacation homes in and around the area.....PM if anybody is headed this way and we can have a drink together.
post #76 of 80
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
or "Deal's Gap" .
That's near where my grandparents lake house is. They really have started patrolling that road recently, the best time to go is after the leafs have changed colors, but before any snow or ice can accumulate on the road.
post #77 of 80
Phil, you gonna travel a lot on Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway? It's slow, but gorgeous and surprisingly crowd free in midsummer. Done it a few times. Good movie on history of Shenandoah Nat'l park at Big Meadows rest area. Those CCC and WPA guys did a lot of great things outdoorsman/women are still enjoying today. Peaks of Otter is a neat, accessible rock strewn mtn along B/R Parkway west of Lynchburg, VA. Monticello is excellent, but time consuming. Most folks marvel at Jefferson's amazing "home furnishings", but memorable thing for me as a skier was genius he showed for picking home site with awesome mtn top views. The house has great views of Blue Ridge mtns toward west and Piedmont Plateau toward East. Probably a bear to heat in winter though, back in the day. 6684' Mt. Mitchell, along B/R Parkway in NC, is not to be missed. You can drive to within a few hundred feet of summit. The Parkway's Folk Art Center near Asheville, NC is open year round and features excellent craft sales, exhibits, and demonstrations. Biltmore in Asheville catches a lot of tourists and is time consuming, but architecturally extremely impressive.
post #78 of 80
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woo-hoo, a week to go.
post #79 of 80
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Back from NC. BBQ was great especially the "3 Pigs" in Asheville and also Butches BBQ in Hickory. We went to the top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in the east and it was a great 57 deg. when the rest of the east was under a heat swelter. We took a tour throught Warren Wilson College, I really hope our son chooses it as his place to go...awesome place.

I will post more about the trip later. BTW, I did take the rental car out to Deals Gap, I think tires and brake pads will be needed.
post #80 of 80
Sapphire Valley is the most beautiful and amazing place we have ever visited (and we travel a lot!) .. It was the first place we ever went skiing and will always have fond memories for us.. We go there for New Years every year and ski a few times while we are there

That said, it isn't a ski resort.. It is a resort that happens to have a ski hill, a bunny slope, and tubing - that is it.. You want great food, great scenery, great golf, a great time, go to Sapphire, but don't go there for the skiing.. you will be disappointed
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