Good Eats near I-95 in Carolina's
Driving north on a Thurs to Raleigh area and south to Fla on a Sunday.
Recommendatiobns please for interesting, prefferably family run places .
Wife is non-meat but will do sides only .
Recs for Italian and BBQ in Raleigh area appreciated also.
I take I-95 from Raleigh to Fl. frequently. I try to plan my trip for a stop at Fuller's BBQ in Lumberton, NC - just a little north of the SC border. It is a few minutes off the interstate and the buffet is wonderful! They stay busy, so it is refilled often and very fresh. Plenty of vegetable options for your wife. However, if she is strict veg it is best to inquire since meat is considered a seasoning in this type cooking!
In Raleigh do try the Pitt for an excellent, less casual BBQ experience. The food is quite good, service and atmosphere too. Sides are very yummy too.They have been having some nice music in the courtyard next to them on occasional Fri. evenings lately. Kind of a happy hour sort of thing lasting until 9ish I believe.
Slightly off topic, but there is a veg. Indian place in the Raleigh vicinity that you wife might enjoy.
There are some wonderful restaurants in the Triangle - have fun exploring!
Wound up bypassing bbq recommendations since we were having BBQ in Raleigh.
On the trip north we wound up at the Old house restaurant in Walterboro - good but not real special.
Best meal was in Santee , SC at Clark's Inn and Restaurant.
The best fried chicken I have ever had , excellent sides and desserts make this a top recommendation .
Located at the east side of the exit just south of the "South of the Borde"r attraction ..
BTW - what a dump that place looked like .
There's a great little restaurant in Tarboro called On the Square. Take 64 east at Rocky Mount for 15 minutes and exit at 485. Casual for lunch, more upscale for dinner. For Barbecue, there's Ralph's in Weldon and Parker's in Wilson. Both good but not great. Raleigh barbecue is not a great category, but the guy from Mitchell's (formerly in Wilson) opened a place downtown that was pretty good on one visit. My favorite Italian food can be had at Vivace (Lassiter Mills). Outdoor seating is a good idea with children.
There's excellent BBQ in Nashville, NC. It's actually on the way to Raleigh. Take I-95 to US-64. Go west (toward Raleigh). I think it's at your 4th exit. I know it's the Nash Correctional Facility exit. It should also be the Momeyer exit. Anyway, Go left, toward Nashville at the top of the ramp. Less than a mile down that road, on the right, will be Doug Saul's BBQ. It's essentially the last of the great Nash County BBQ. Try to be there before 5, or call first. They do run out of stuff.
There's one more really good spot at the first exit you'll see on US-64 west. Also the Nash Community College/Northern Nash High/Nash Central High. The road is Old Carriage road. Also go left at the top of that exit. Go less than a mileto the stoplight. At the Shell station on the right, there's a place on the right side of the building called "The Filling Station" I may be wrong, but from what I understand, it's a reopening of a BBQ restaurant that used to be on Nashville Rd, in Rocky Mount. The Filling Station has been there 5-10 years. They also have free wireless internet there. BBQ is outstanding. Stear clear of the burger.
McCabe's BBQ in Manning, SC is just 2-3 miles off of I-95 at exit 122. Get off of the interstate take a right off of the exit ramp. You'll go a few miles before you get into town. McCabe's BBQ will be on your left and will be the 4/5 building. Only open Thur., Fri., and Sat. for lunch. It is lesser known but considered by many in the know as some of the best BBQ in the state.