I-85 between Petersburg and Durham -- BBQ or other worthwhile stops?
Nunnery - Freeman BBQ Restaurant @ 1645 Old Norlina Rd., Henderson, NC. 252 - 438 - 4751.
Barbecue Lodge @ 4600 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 872 - 4755. *
Cooper's Bar B Q @ 109 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 832 - 7614. *
Ole Time BBQ @ 6309 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 859 - 2544. *
The Pit @ 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 890 - 4500. *
4600 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
I agree with Rockycat. There really is nothing better than fast food between Petersburg and Durham, and there never has been.
By the time you get to Henderson where Nunnery-Freeman is, you're nearly in Durham anyway. Nunnery-Freeman and Bullocks in Durham are both near I-85.
The only way you'd do any of the Raleigh stuff, is if you go to Pinehurst via Raleigh via Sanford, which you can do. Take Highway 1 once you get into NC (it branches off I-85). If you do this, you'll drive right by Holden's BBQ between Franklinton & Wake Forest.
You don't indicate what day of the week or what time you'll be doing this. It is quite possible that any of the places mentioned on this thread could be closed, e.g., on a Sunday. If you think you want to go somewhere, call ahead and make sure of the hours before you divert your trip.
It has been several years, but Kahills in South Hill, to the west of exit 15 IIRC is worth a try.
I've been there three times over an 8 year period. Twice the meal was excellent, the other time it was decent. The two excellent meals were during lunch, think we ordered from the specials of the day. Third meal was not during peak service, sandwiches IIRC. Not bad, but not great.
This is within minutes of I-85. It is table service, I think there is a bar too. Seasonal; out door dining too. Clean, comfortable, service was fine, prices were reasonable.