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Jul 20, 2009 08:53 AM

Good NC BBQ in Charlotte, NC

I am heading to Charlotte in a few weeks and some of my buddies meeting up with me there are asking about Good NC BBQ in Charlotte? Not looking for the chains like Smokey Bones (whichis right next to where we are staying at the Hilton), looking for good local favorites. I perfer the Eastern style but the Lexington brand may be more common in Charlotte?

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  1. There's no oustanding bbq in Charlotte. The places that get mentioned the most are Mac's Speed Shop, Bill Spoon's and Olde Hickory House. My opinion is that Olde hickory House is the best, but its still pretty average. If you do a search you'll find a couple of other suggestions and lots of opinions.

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    1. re: bbqdawg

      It is no accident that the vast majority of opinions on here support bbqdawg's first sentence - There is no outstanding bbq in Charlotte. That said, I'd opt for Olde Hickory House as well, also not far from where you're staying.

    2. Being a true eastern NC native, the closet thing to eastern style bbq in Charlotte is Bill Spoon's. He was taught by some of the best in their day from eastern NC. Sadly, he died a few years back, but I understand some of his family took over the place - not sure if they still own it now. When he ran it, the bbq was as good as any you'd find anywhere.

      While the other places mentioned in previous posts probably are very good, I have never tried them.

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      1. re: goodeatsinadive

        Yes, GE. Bill's grandson, Steve, had been running the food side of the operation for several years. When Bill died last year, Steve took over. So you shouldn't notice any change, other than missing Bill's smiling face at the cash register.

      2. make the short drive to Bridges BBQ Lodge in Shelby.Its worth it.

        1. I might get shouted down on this board, but I enjoy Mac's Speed Shop on South Blvd. I like the brisket (okay, so that's not NC barbecue, but it's tasty). It's an attractive spot and fun. But if you're foodies looking for truly great barbecue you'll have to head out of town.

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          1. re: QueenCityHound

            My favorite thing at Mac's are the bbq soft tacos with cilantro and onion, at two dollars a piece, you can order as many as you like.

          2. There is no quality BBQ in Charlotte, strangely enough. You'll have to travel - in Gastonia there is Black's and RO's and in Shelby there is Bridges.