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Ayden, NC: Bum's Restaurant from country cooking and veggie goodness (collards to die for)

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Headed east yesterday with my final destination being the coast to catch some wind and wave action from the offshore tropical system. Decided to take somewhat of a detour through Ayden, just south of Greenville, to try Bum's, which has been mentioned previously as being a great place for eastern-style BBQ and awesome veggies. The place is cafeteria-style, and although my intention was to try the BBQ, the fried chicken caught my eye and mood so I went for that, plus the famous collards, and some green beans as well. The chicken was as good as fried chicken comes - very fresh, thin, crispy crust, juicy and tender meat underneath. The green beans were great as well - they were the thick, flattened variety, clearly fresh. but those collards, man those collards. There's a reason that Bum's provides the collards for the Collard Festival - these were the best collards I've ever had, which I wasn't expecting considering how they are chopped very fine (almost a puree) - but wow, explosion of flavor. Now I understand why people from out-of-state have reportedly taken a couple quarts of collards back home with them. So meat, two veggies, cornbread + stick, and sweet tea for $6.50.

Good country cooking, all fresh ingredients, perfectly executed. Why doesn't the Triangle have something like that?


Next time, I'll actually try the BBQ.

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    Bum's Restaurant
    566 3rd St, Ayden, NC 28513

    1. Bum's is outstanding. I never leave without collards and rutabagas to go.

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      1. re: brentk

        Totally agree. The green beans, rutabagas, and collards are out of this world. I was lucky enough to be in there on a Saturday at lunch and got the banana pudding as it came out of the oven. Great barbecue and cornbread as well. It's a great restuarant.