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May 12, 2010 04:28 PM

BBQ in Winston Salem

I driving from central South Carolina to Winston Salem (via Durham) on June 4 to meet up with the friend of a friend who will be on the way to the Outer Banks.

I have been asked to select a place to have dinner in Winston Salem and have gotten agreement that we probably should sample the area's BBQ. In poking around the net I'm reading good things about Little Richards, but I thought I'd check in with the experts before I make plans.

I'm not wed to BBQ so if there's another must-try place in Winston Salem, please let me know that, too.

The other person is staying off I-40 at exit 192.

Incidentally, I have a business meeting in Durham that same afternoon, and I'm planning to go to The Pit for lunch.

Many thanks, and Chow!

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  1. If it's BBQ you are after, there is a relatively new place in downtown Winston called Bibs. The atmosphere is nothing to get excited about but the smoked meats are really good. However, it is ot the kind of place that I would want to rendevous with an old friend.

    I'm not sure how upscale you want to go but Meridian is a terrific restaurant that is not too far from downtown. At a slightly lower price point, Rana Loca is a wonderful new Cuban-influenced restaurant on 4th street downtown. In fact, there are a number of places in a two or three block strip on 4th street that would be a good place to linger, have a meal outside and enjoy your friend's company.

    1. Once again brentk serves up good advice. Bibs is good as is lil richards and my fave Mr. BBQ. Personally I would choose bibs.

      Bibs puts you in a location where you could walk to a number of other places for a drink afterwards. Of the other places close by for drinks and/or food Hutch and Harris, Christopher's and Meridian are all good

      Though whatever you do please avoid the food at Noma.

      Hutch and Harris
      424 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

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      1. re: quazi

        No gripe on the BBQ or other suggestions. I'll add two other suggestions; Mozell's at 878 West Fourth Street and Bernardins at Zevely House which is across the street. Both have an eclectic menu and inside/outside seating opportunities and lunch or dinner options. Here are some links to look over and help you decide.

        Zevely House
        901 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

      2. Thanks for the thoughtful replies. I'll report back after my roadtrip!

          1. Thanks to all for your input. I ended up at The Pit in Raleigh for lunch. You don't need me to tell you it's simply outstanding. I had the Carolina ribs. They were fall-off-the-bone tender, lightly rubbed and well smoked, with just a lick of sauce. The sides of mac & cheese and coleslaw were unusually good for a Q place.

            I met my friends at Little Richards, in part because it was close to our hotels. I felt like I was giving them a real regional experience -- one they wouldn't get back home in Ohio and Australia. We all had the chopped pork sandwiches and they were tasty. I had fries with mine -- the usual Sysco crinkle-cut ones -- and they were fine.

            My friends tried Cheerwine and sweetea for the first time. I had to explain to one of them when she ordered tea it would come sweetened. She was game, but unprepared for HOW sweet it would be!

            Again, thanks for the recs. I'm heading back to Winston Salem in a week for the Magnolia Baroque Festival, so I'll check out some of your other suggestions then!