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Eats on NC 24 between Jacksonville and Fayetteville ?

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Tomorrow, mid-day, I will be driving on NC 24 going from Emerald Isle to Southern Pines. I would LOVE to find a good local place for lunch between Jacksonville (NC) and Fayetteville. Yes, I realize this is land of Applebee's and Arby's, BUT there has to be some local places still hiding out there somewhere. Casual, hole-in-the-wall, local hang-out, bit off the beaten path. . .all good by me if the chow is tasty!

Looking at Mapquest here are some of the NC towns I see along the route:

Half Moon, Richlands, Reulaville, Kenansville, Warsaw, Roseboro, Autryville & Vander

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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  1. You're in luck. It's rib day at Thig's BBQ, 1722 Catherine Lake Road, just outside of Jacksonville. A local favorite for BBQ, cooked to order fried chicken and good Southern fare. Catherine Lake Road is the road to Albert J. Ellis Airport, so follow the airport signs. Thig's is about a mile from NC 24.

    About 10 miles off NC 24 at Beaulaville is Cavanaugh Family Supper House, 4509 S NC 41 Hwy, Wallace, NC - (910) 285-5248‎. A true local favorite that fans say is worth the trip. The mile-high pineapple cake is famous with locals.

    1. I thought Cavanaugh Family Supper House was closed?