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Good Bar-b-Que along I-95

Terry and Virginia McKinnon Jul 2, 2000 01:19 PM

We will be heading to Fl. from Va. in about a month. Looking to find some good Bar-b-que places along the way. Would need some with outdoor dining or picnic tables as we also have 2 chihuahuas and 2 kids. Hope you can help.

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    Craig Zeni Jul 27, 2000 09:29 AM

    Wilson NC - Parker's Barbecue. Perhaps the best eastern NC style barbecue to be had, and fried chicken so good it'll make you wanna slap your grandmother.

    About 15 minutes off the interstate...when heading south, exit at US 264 East...go east about 5 miles to the intersection with Forest Hills Rd - first big shopping center with fast food etc. Turn RIGHT - you'll cross RR tracks. Continue on Forest Hills Rd a couple of miles until it ends at US 301. Turn left (north on 301). Parker's is about a quarter mile on your left. When you leave heading south, just head south on US 301 and it will cross I-95 at Kenly NC.

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    1. re: Craig Zeni
      Bob W. Jul 27, 2000 11:35 AM

      Parker's is also our favorite barbecue stop.

      Real chowhounds (er, make that really hungry chowhounds) should order the family-style dinner: Two pieces of chicken per person, plus all the barbecue, slaw, corn sticks, hush puppies, brunswick stew, and boiled potatoes you can suck down, all for about 6 bucks! Six bucks! Unlimited sweet tea will set you back another 85 cents or so. And you won't have to eat for another 6-8 hours.

      1. re: Craig Zeni
        Jim Sep 2, 2000 11:31 AM

        If you're going to be in Wilson, Parker's fried chicken is worth a visit. However, for better barbecue (not roasted pork as is found in most places down east)and outstanding soul food, don't miss Mitchell's Barbecue on US Hwy 301.

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        Brigitta Vesei Jul 13, 2000 05:49 PM

        Just outside of Savannah, GA in a town called Garden City is a place called Mothers. Take the Highway 21 exit (towards Port Wentworth, Garden City, and Savannah) and go south about 5 or 6 miles. It's really not that hard to get to, but it is hard to spot. It'll be on the left immediately after a MacDonalds. They have pretty good barbecue (it's not absolutely the very best I've ever had but it's pretty good), and have picnic tables on their porch. It's self service, too.

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        1. re: Brigitta Vesei
          Kelly Monaghan Oct 10, 2000 08:54 PM

          Thanks to brigitta I checked this place out a month or so ago on the way down to Florida. The full name is Dr. B.S. Muther's (4608 Augusta Rd, Garden City, 964-2845).

          I'd agree that it's not the world's best barbecue but, if you're whizzing by Savannah, it's close enough to the Interstate that it sure beats fast food. My ribs were pretty good and the teeny-tiny side of beans was also a bit above average.

          On the way back North, I got to spend a bit more time in Savannah and discovered Mrs. Wilkes, which approximately 100 million tourists have discovered before me. Next time I'm whizzing past Savannah, I'll detour to Mrs. Wilkes for lunch!

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          Gary Saunders Jul 6, 2000 05:05 PM

          You can also try:

          Sweatman's BBQ in the Holly Hill, SC area

          It's a few miles off 95 ... but worth the trip!

          You can find their phone number on my web site:



          Link: http://www.dixiedining.com

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          1. re: Gary Saunders
            Jim Sep 2, 2000 11:39 AM

            Sweatman's is simply the absolute very best barbecue in SC bar none. I'm not sure when they're open now. It used to be Fridays and Saturdays only. Maybe other days now considering they've gotten a phone!

            1. re: Jim
              Jim Leff Sep 2, 2000 02:05 PM

              Jim, great to have your barbecue contributions. Please post more...there are a lot of people out there reading (and storing away tips) with appreciation.


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                Bob W. Sep 2, 2000 10:25 PM

                I will be making a drive down I-95 in three weeks, fortunately on a Friday, so I can finally try Sweatman's. We have been to Moree's outside Andrews SC, another authentic SC pig pickin, so it will be interesting to see how the two compare. I will report back after my trip.

                I would be shocked if they are open other than Fri-Sat.

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              Gary Saunders Jul 5, 2000 05:28 PM

              Here are a couple:

              1) The Georgia Pig in Brunswick, GA

              2) King's BBQ in Petersburg, VA

              There are really too many for me to mention here. Check out my web site at www.dixiedining.com.



              Link: http://www.dixiedining.com

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              1. re: Gary Saunders
                Jim Sep 2, 2000 11:43 AM

                King's in Petersburg cooks their pork with gas and warms it over a charcoal pit. This qualifies it as barbecue-style roast pork rather than the real thing. They do, however, serve one of the best breakfast menus anywhere !

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