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

freshlycured Feb 17, 2012 07:40 AM

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. Sue in Mt P RE: freshlycured Feb 17, 2012 08:55 AM

    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:

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      Tanglebriar RE: freshlycured Feb 17, 2012 01:23 PM

      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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        Sue in Mt P RE: Tanglebriar Feb 17, 2012 03:03 PM

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

      2. Sue in Mt P RE: freshlycured Feb 18, 2012 08:33 AM

        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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          freshlycured RE: Sue in Mt P Feb 19, 2012 08:34 PM

          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.

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            mikeh RE: freshlycured Feb 21, 2012 01:31 PM

            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.


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              Sue in Mt P RE: mikeh Feb 21, 2012 01:51 PM

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

              1. re: Sue in Mt P
                birgator RE: Sue in Mt P Feb 21, 2012 05:56 PM

                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.

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                  mpjmph RE: birgator Feb 22, 2012 05:33 AM

                  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
            freshlycured RE: Sue in Mt P Mar 11, 2012 06:44 PM

            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.

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              Sue in Mt P RE: freshlycured Mar 12, 2012 12:53 PM

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

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