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Lexington Barbecue

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Traveling down to Atlanta in a week, and looking at a dinner stop in Lexington. I want to try a couple places, so if you could stop at two places, which would they be? Not looking for buffets, and looking mainly for pork. Style doesn't matter, as long as it's good.
Right now, I've seen Lexington Barbecue and the Barbecue Center. Any others better?

Suggestions along I-95 between about Smithfield and Rocky Mount would be appreciated as well.

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  1. Pork is pretty much all you'll find, so you're in luck there. And I'm not aware of any of the Lexington places offering a buffet. Lexington BBQ #1 (aka "Honey Monk's) is an absolute must. If you want to try a second one, the BBQ Center is a good choice, as is Jimmy's. Frankly, I'm not sure I'd bother trying a second place, as the preparation is the same at all the Lexington bbq restaurants, and any differences will be very subtle.

    As far as I-95, do a search on here and you'll find lots of posts and suggestions.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      I would focus on the log burners and you have been to my two top choices. Jimmy's stopped cooking with wood a few years back and the last time I went there (about 18 months ago) will be the last time.

      Most of the other places cook with gas or electricity, though there are a few other log burners in the area. I haven't explored much outside of Honey Monk's and BBQ Center in recent years so perhaps somebody else can pipe in.

    2. I liked John Wayne's in addition to Lexington Barbecue and Barbecue Center.

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      1. re: Naco

        john waynes is now closed

        1. re: dusty901

          Yeah, I saw the news about that a few weeks ago. Why is this thread on the Kentucky and Tennessee board? It should be on the Southeast board.