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Our State Magazine 100 Foods across 100 Counties in NC

http://ourstate.com/ Also there is a section with a food guide. Should be interesting as I've not looked before writing this.

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  1. Interesting list. I'm amazed at how many new places there are for me to try.

    Buncombe County - 12 Bones
    After last week's visit to Asheville I am now a HUGE fan of 12 Bones. Their Blueberry Chipotle smoked ribs are un-freakin-believable. They taste like neither blueberry nor chipotle. They do taste like small slice of smokehouse heaven. Get a side of jalapeno cheese grits or corn pudding. The smoked brisket is really fine, too.

    Davidson County - Barbecue Center
    Never been, just a question. Is the dish listed, "Banana Split and Q Soup," one dish or two? If it's one, could someone please explain it to me?

    Durham County - Magnolia Grill
    Grits Souffle. If there is a Grits Hall of Fame, this dish deserves to be its Founding Entry. "Nuff said.

    Roberson County - Fuller's Old Fashion BBQ
    Fried Chicken. Yup, pretty good.

    Wake County - Angus Barn
    Aged steaks. Well, okay, I guess. But is this the best Wake has to offer?

    I've been to a few others, have had some more on my radar for a while, and now have a whole lot more to add to the list. This could make for some fun traveling.

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    Barbecue Center
    900 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292

    Angus Barn Restaurant
    9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

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    1. re: rockycat

      I"ve only been to Magnolia out of those that you have listed. I guess the Angus Barn is a destination.. but I don't plan to bother. 12 Bones of course is where I believe the President went. That does sound like a good plate of ribs.

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      Angus Barn Restaurant
      9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

      1. re: rockycat

        I finally dug up a copy of this, so I can answer your question about Barbecue Center- it's two different dishes.

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        Barbecue Center
        900 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292

          1. re: rockycat

            Though I might note that I wonder if banana and cocoa rubbed pork shoulder would be good or not. Not sure about soup in that case.

      2. The list looks good! A few are favorites of mine, Sunnyside Oyster Bar and Beefmastor Inn.
        I must have caught 12 Bones on an off day, my ribs were dry and my sides were off...
        I think I've been to 7 places, have attempted several others but either they were closed or I got the direction wrong. Road trips seem to be in the future!

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        Sunnyside Oyster Bar
        1102 Washington St, Williamston, NC 27892

        Beefmastor Inn
        2656 US Highway 301 S, Wilson, NC 27893

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        1. re: meatn3

          I love Beefmastor too, although I was bummed Chef and the Farmer didn't get that spot. Although not quite the institution Beefmastor is, Chef and the Farmer's adherence to highlighting local products and flavors make them a tough pick to overlook when talking about county to county specialties. As addictive as these types of articles are, it's impossible not to make worthy omissions.

          1. re: veganhater

            I haven't had a chance to try Chef and the Farmer yet - they are high on my field trip list.

            I suspect a large part of the reason Beefmastor is listed is due to the quirkiness of the place. Their adherence to such a specific experience makes them distinctive. The steak is really good, but the combination of old school and narrow focus is what I get a kick out of and why I bring friends there.

            1. re: meatn3

              You hit the nail on the head with the Beefmastor.

            2. re: veganhater

              I would imagine the reason that Chef and Farmer didn't get the Wilson County spot is because it is in Lenoir County. I would have put the Chef and Famer ahead of Kings BBQ though.

          2. Our family has taken the 100 foods You Must Eat in NC as a challenge. We are about 30 counties into the list and we have had some hits, some misses, and a few epic failures! First of all, if you are trying to do this don't even try Johnston County because they don't even sell the product. They are waiting label approval on Jowl Bacon. They hope to sell it in the future, but not now. In Chowan County the resturant has closed so don't go there. Also Perquimans County used to have amazing apriot souffle, but the chef who made it left to open his own restaurant! They are going to start back up with a new chef and this dish will be on the menu but right now no go. Gates County listed saugage that I am sure is great, but they are only open two days a week. Special note to all NEVER JUST DRIVE TO A LISTED PLACE, ALWAYS CALL FIRST!! We were excited about the beef brisket in Pasquotank County but they only sell it on Thursdays! While we were in the extreme northeast, we wanted to try cheese rolls in Camden County, but they were closed for vacation. Alamance County got our highest marks so far! The Orginal Preggo's Trattoria is a jewel that we will return to. Excellent fresh Italian food! Our other favorite so far is Currituck County's Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light resort. Man, the combination of location and great food made for an excellent experience. Beefmaster Inn in Wlson County was really worth the drive! Excellent steaks and the salad bar was great. A small resturant, but great servive and great food. We ordered some items online like Bertie County's blister-fried peanuts, and they were GREAT! As for Davidson County's Q soup and banana split. They are two dishes and both are very good. The soup is a lot like vegetable soup with barbeque for the meat and the banana splt is so enormous that three of us barely made a dent in it! We will add more later!

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            The Oceanfront Grille
            1193 Franklyn Ct, Corolla, NC 27927

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            1. re: The Williamsons

              Nice post! I'd also like to whittle away at this list--I appreciate your comments about the places you've visited so far. Overall I thought the list was good, although there were a few headscratchers (like the aforementioned Angus Barn--good place, but not sure it's the appropriate representative for Wake Co.). There was one glaring boo-boo in the list--the place chosen for Forsyth Co. (Mrs. Hanes cookies), is not located in Forsyth Co.! It's just over the county line in Davidson Co. Oops.

              1. re: arbyunc

                I presume Dewey's is located in Forsyth County and that would make a good substitute for the same product.

                1. re: brentk

                  Even better would be Winkler's bakery in Old Salem.

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                  Old Salem
                  736 S Main St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

              2. re: The Williamsons

                Welcome to Chowhound!

                Thanks so much for the great report - I'm penciling in your comments on my copy of the list.

                Looking forward to your future posts!