AUTHENTIC (fill-in-the-blank) in North Carolina
I love places that are truly authentic -- regular people who cook the regular food they grew up with, without dumbing it down, making it safely "American", or fusing it with something else just to be trendy.
Where can I find food that's just like Grandma made back in the Old Country, any country?
Between Winston-Salem and the Charlotte airport?
Cheap scary dives, takeout trucks and hoity-toity elegance all ok. Thanks!
+1 for Lexington #1. Other suggestions:
Keaton's BBQ near Statesville. The star of the show is their chicken, which is fried and then dipped in bbq sauce. Its a shack out in the middle of the woods. Use their website (keatonsoriginalbbq.com) to get directions. Pay attention to their hours of operation.
There is also an italian restaurant in East Bend, just outside Winston-Salem that I haven't been to, but have heard many good things about. Supposedly a family-run operation, everything homemade, etc. Its called Kitchen Roselli (ww.kitchenroselli.com) Only open for dinner.
105 E Main St, East Bend, NC 27018
Get off at Exit 45 on I 77 which may not be the way you are traveling to Charlotte but there an old family restaurant there that's over 30 years old in an old house and country food is served cafeteria style.
Julia's Talley House Restaurant @ 305 North Main St., Troutman, NC 704 - 528 - 6962.
Stop in any grocery store and buy Neese's Liver Pudding. Eat it sliced cold on saltines or water crackers. Or you can fry it in a pan with a bit of butter and make a nice white-bread liver pudding sandwich with Duke's salad dressing.
You can make it yourself and there is nothing more "authentically North Carolina".
If you can find an old country store, they might still sell pickled pigs feet and pickled whole eggs. Eating a "red hot" country sausage from a jar along with that is one of the classic lunches of working folks from when i was growing up in the remoter parts of this state.
And I haven't seen one in 20 years, but a braised pig ear sandwich is probably the original inspiration for baloney.