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NC/South favorite foods

Just wanted to get yalls input on what foods you remember eating while growing up in NC or the South in general. I grew up in NC and now live in San Francisco. I am planning my annual Christmas trip home to see my whole family and am compiling a list of my favorite foods from growing up that I can't get out here in SF . My family is in the Hickory-Lenoir-Boone area.
My list so far-
good pulled pork barbecue
Fried Livermush sandwich with mustard
Pimiento cheese sandwiches
Fried Bologna sandwich with Duke's mayo and Texas Pete hot sauce
Moore’s BBQ potato chips
Bojangles chicken
good biscuits
Woodlands Barbecues' chicken wings
Hushpuppies
Hot dog “regular” (mustard , chili, slaw)
Fried fish from the local fish camp
Cheerwine
Sundrop
Sonic
Chubby’s sub with hot peppers
Boone Drug's (fountain/grill) Downtown Burger
RC cola and a Moon Pie

I figure if I space these out to 1-2 a day I won't gain 300 pounds over the 9 days I'm there. :) Racking my brain for any others I've missed. Any recommendations or others I've missed?
Thanks so much!

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  1. You can get a pretty good fix of Southern food at either the Daniel Boone Inn or the Shatley Springs Inn when you are in Boone. Unfortunately neither has chicken and dumplings or cornbread dressing.

    http://www.danlbooneinn.com/

    http://www.shatleysprings.com/index.htm

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    1. re: blewgo

      You DON'T want to eat at Daniel Boone Inn. Trust me on this.
      Shatley Springs, definitely a must do.

      1. re: goodeatsinadive

        I haven't eaten at Daniel Boone Inn since they closed to remodel. Did they also remodel the food?

        1. re: goodeatsinadive

          I've eaten at both and like both. Shatley has a porch with rocking chairs, which are handy while you wait. Also, gift shop to keep you entertained. Live music, which tends to be gospel, mainly on Sundays.

          I took a group of Canadian journalists to Dan'l Boone Inn and they absolutely loved it.

          1. re: goodeatsinadive

            No, you don't -- Shatley Springs is far superior to Daniel Boone.

        2. Cornbread without sugar added
          Good home cooked vegetables
          Properly cooked grits (not that instant crap or, god-forbid, the envelope kind)
          Well-made and not overly sweet, sweet tea

          Looks to me like you'll be able to fulfill several of those things on your list at the same time. Good pulled pork usually comes with hushpuppies (in NC at least) and you can have your Cheerwine or Sundrop with that.

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          1. re: Leepa

            Cornbread with sugar really puts me off. If there's one think on earth that doesn't need to be sweet, it's cornbread. I didn't grow up with the thick, cake-like cornbread like you can make in the "Jiffy" package...but I do like it. Most times it's a bit dry, but it used to be a treat when I was a kid (cause like I said, I didn't grow up with it). But now I'm finding it to be very sweet at alot of pieces. It really isn't good.

          2. Great dogs @ Roast Grill in Raleigh, Weiner Stand in Roanoke, Va, Texas Tavern in Roanoke, Varsity dogs in Atlanta, Nu-Way dogs in Macon,GA., Dick's in Wilson, NC., Dogs with slaw @ Snappy Lunch in Mt. Airy, NC., www.choppedonion.com

            1. I recently moved from Columbia,sc to California. There are so many things I miss that you just can't get here ....Zetos Chicken ...Cheerwine....Boiled Peanuts....Good grits all ya can find here are instant BLAACCKKK....

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              1. re: crafty5

                You can't go wrong with anything fried down here.