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Good eats - Rocky Mount - Lumberton area

Driving to Fl and will spend the first night in Rocky Mount or Lumberton depending how far we drive that first day. Looking for good hometown cooking. BBQ,fried chicken,seafood and whatever else is unique to the area. Have been to Parker's in Wilson and Melton's in RM.
Pls help.
Thank you!

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  1. Can you tell me about those two places? I drive down that way once a year en route to Eastern North Carolina, and would love to know more ... I had the saddest drive around Rocky Mount once looking for food - and just not knowing where to look!!

    1. My thought is at least try to stop to eat in Rocky Mount as opposed to waiting until Lumberton (Chic Fil A is your best bet there). This article might help: http://imagesrockymount.com/business/...

      If you go a bit further down I-95, you might exit off in Smithfield (somewhat in between Rocky Mount and Lumberton). Admittedly, it has been a couple of years since I was there, but Cafe Monet was fairly nice. I'd be interested to see if anyone has anything to add to that suggestion as my rememberance is not current.

      In Smithfield, though, is White Swan BBQ. I LOVE White Swan: http://www.whiteswanbarbeque.com/ Two locations in the Smithfield area. And, I cannot believe they have a website.

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        fuller's in lumberton. great buffet with superb local veggies!

        1. Melton's is gone. The old place flooded too many times, tried a new location & just didn't work out. According to friends in Rocky Mount they say there is no longer good BBQ to be had there. It's a shame, RM had some of the best at one time.

          I agree completely with alkapal re: Fullers. Great selection, food is always wonderful, buffet is constantly being refilled & fresh as can be. If you don't have access to this style food, then the buffet will be a terrific chance to satisfy many cravings! It is also very easy on/off from I-95.

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          1. re: meatn3

            fuller's was surprisingly easy to get to -- barely a mile (if that) off of 95 (exit 20, then head west) -- on the main road.

            http://www.lumberton-nc.com/attract_d...
            http://www.lumberton-nc.com/restauran...

          2. okay,

            the place you MUST checkout is beefmastor's in Wilson. in fact that is the reason i joined this board in the firstplace. they only serve one thing (ribeye) but to say the place is an institution would not do it justice. check out this link:

            http://spikeslivingthedream.blogspot....

            1. Gardners BBQ in Rocky Mount is an all you can eat BBQ, Fried Chicken, fish, home cooked veggies, desserts, etc... Pretty good and filling.

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              1. re: webvanman

                is gardener's the one up on the hill? (i always confuse it with that other Q place in wilson, nc) what is the wilson, nc place? i thought (years ago) that their q was tastier. but it has been so long......

              2. curious what you thought of Parkers.
                We went a couple of weeks ago on our trip back from Fla. It was very disappointing.
                Actually, so were the other two we've hit in the last couple years up and down I95. One was McCabes in Manning, SC. I fergit the other one.
                There must be a good one along the way.

                1. I agree with Fullers. Stop there every time we head south. You won't be dissapointed.