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Feb 17, 2012 07:40 AM

Eating on a Sunday between Savannah & Chapel Hill - What's Open?

I'll be traveling from Savannah, GA to Chapel Hill, NC next Sunday. I'm hoping to find some interesting food options for lunch/dinner along the way. Unfortunately, a bunch of the places I've looked at (Skylight Inn in Ayden, Poole's Diner in Raleigh) are either closed or have limited hours on Sunday. I'd like to hit a great BBQ spot, but am willing to go anywhere that's really good and authentic. Any knowledge of top picks that are actually open on Sunday would be most appreciated.

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  1. Unfortunately, McCabe's is closed on Sunday. Not fabulous, but nice, is Clark's:

    in Santee. It's just off the highway.

    If you're willing to get way (way) off the highway, Schoolhouse is great and open from 1100 til 200:

    1. In Salisbury, NC, there is College BBQ that serves wood burning pork bbq and Casa Grande that serves mexican that are open on Sunday. Both are not far from I 85.

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      1. re: Tanglebriar

        I was thinking 95. I didn't say that in my post-sorry!

      2. I totally forgot about Summerton Diner in Summerton, SC. It's not far off 95. I haven't been there recently, but it was great last time I went. I'm not sure if they are open on Sundays, but it's a worth a phone call to find out. The fried chicken is excellent.

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        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          Summerton Diner sounds like a great option. Has anyone eaten at Stephenson's BBQ in Willow Springs, NC? It looks like it's open on Sunday and seems well received in the limited info I could find.

          1. re: freshlycured

            I hear that the BBQ itself is okay but not necessarily great. Notably, they cook with charcoal instead of wood. But on Sunday this is probably the best BBQ you'll find along your route.

            If you're more inclined to do something straight-up Southern somewhere that isn't too much of a detour, Joyce & Family in downtown Fuquay-Varina has a buffet that is one of the best you'll find in the area - everything is scratch-made.


            1. re: mikeh

              ::fixes to get in the car and head to Fuquay::

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                Really depends on when you leave Savannah. If shortly before noon, you may want to try Duke's barbeque in Walterboro for a substantial lunch (closes at 2) then stop at Saxapahaw General Store along 87 north (get off 95 at Fayetteville and head towards Sanford on the way to Burlington and I40)) for a lighter snack or brunch for supper.

                Duke's is easy to find, stupidly cheap, lots of locals, and there should be something for everyone there. SaxGen might be interesting for a small bite and a place you may not normally hit. I see the owner is blogging and I am getting emails, so perhaps there is new vitality here now.

                1. re: birgator

                  Plus, a detour to Saxapahaw would also let you bypass a lot of the 40-east frustration that happens on Sunday evenings (not as bad this time of year, but still not great). When you're done at the general store, you can cut over to NC 54, and head East. It will take you right into Carrboro, then Chapel Hill.

          2. re: Sue in Mt P

            Would have replied sooner, but my posting ability was strangely locked out. In any case, I hit the Summerton Diner 2 weeks ago and loved it. The fried chicken was crispy and moist. The sides were typical of a meat 'n' three - i especially liked the sweet potato and the mac and cheese. The real surprise was the banana pudding. Delicious . . . and all for under 8 bucks. Thanks again for the great suggestion.

            1. re: freshlycured

              That's great. Good to know it's still as good as I remember.