Bridges Bar-B-Que Lodge in Shelby. [Photo by: Michael Stern]
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What you’ll find:
Barbecue is a North Carolina passion and R.O.'s
is one of the best places to get it. This drive-in, with speedy car hop service, has earned legions of fans for its BBQ sandwiches made with finely minced pork, and served with a spiced slaw so yummy that customers take pints home to use as a dip. Another hot spot: the grand old Bridges Bar-B-Que Lodge
which boasts its own tart-sauced pork—available sliced, chopped or minced—with creamy-centered hushpuppies on the side. Many people consider Lexington Barbecue #1 (336-249-9814) the first and last word in hickory-smoked pork. It’s slow smoked and chopped into moist hash, subtly flavored with vinegar sauce, and served with zesty slaw either on a bun or plate. One bite and you’ll understand why the North Carolina General Assembly designated Lexington
the "Hickory-Cooked Barbecue Capital of Piedmont North Carolina."
Heading back towards Charlotte, hot-dog lovers stop at Jay Bee's (704-872-8033) in Statesville
for foot-longs smothered in mustard, onions, chili, and slaw. Fried chicken fans are devoted to Keaton's
for its unique take on the traditional southern fave. The secret behind its awesomeness: The chicken is fried till brown and tender then dipped into Keaton’s signature barbecue sauce, which penetrates the meat and turns the crust crispy. (Could this be the best fried chicken anywhere?)
"Cat head biscuits," so named because they are the size of a tabby's noggin, are the star at Tomato Jam Café
Tomato jam—a sweet reminder that the plump hole place also offers hamburgers and pimiento cheese sandwiches with apple-smoked bacon, along with a vast selection of vegetarian and vegan options.
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