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Aug 10, 2013 09:42 AM

BBQ off I-95 in southern VA, NC or SC

Traveling between northern VA and Charleston, SC. Looking for lunch place on the way down and on the way back. Don't care about quantity or price, just quality real smoked BBQ.

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  1. Two places right off I-95 -

    McCabe's in Manning, SC. "Top 3" bbq in South Carolina, includes a small buffet with excellent southern sides.

    Could also do Duke's in Walterboro, SC. Their bbq is decently good and smoked, but they have a tremendous spread of excellent non-bbq southern food on their buffet as well (hash, fried chicken, tons of southern veggies, banana pudding, etc.


    1. Virginia is on the Mid Atlantic Board, so you should search/post there for recs in VA.

      Walterboro will be a little bit out of the way, just as an FYI.

      Sweatman's in Holly Hill, SC is on your route. It used to be excellent, however it was sold fairly recently, about a year ago, maybe? and supposedly the quality has declined.

      How far off I-95 are you willing to travel? Real, wood smoked 'q is virtually non-existent right on the interstate in NC.

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        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          Blackbeard's in Conetoe, NC is probably your best bet in NC. It's about 20 minutes off 95. Do a search on here and you'll find several existing posts about it, including a couple with detailed directions. Check days and hours of operation.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            Driving south on Tuesday and north on Fri. That seems to be an impt detail when searching for BBQ.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              Blackbeard's is open Thursday - Sunday, so it will work for your northbound day.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                I was thinking about hitting McCabe's on Fri but could reroute to Blackbeard's. What about Wilber v. Gardners for the southbound trip?

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  As far apart as McCabes and Blackbeard's are, you could have a small meal at both. Wilbur's is excellent, don't know anything about Gardners, sorry. Hopefully someone else can chime in on that.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Thanks for the suggestions. We're likely departing NoVA around 8-9, so we'd be right around Gardners or Wilber's at lunch time. That evening we're having dinner at McCrady's - so don't want a real late lunch.

                    Fri, if we depart around 9, we can have an early lunch at McCabe's and a late lunch at Blackbeard.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                      As an fyi, I'd be very surprised, shocked actually, if Gardners cooks with wood.

                      1. re: carolinadawg

                        Are we talking about Gardner's in Rocky Mount? It's awful, even among gas-cooking subset.

                        1. re: Naco

                          Ok then, scratch that off the list.

                          1. re: Naco

                            What about Wilber's vs. B's BBQ vs. Skylight Inn?

                            As far as I can tell, Jack Cobb and Sons and Grady's are closed on Tuesdays.

                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                              You're getting more like 45 minutes off the interstate now. I think Skylight is better than Wilbur's (but Wilbur's is till plenty good). I haven't had the chance to try B's. They are notorious for running out of 'q rather early, so factor that into your plans.

                              1. re: carolinadawg

                                Agree on the BBQ, but Wilburs has more sides and other items on the menu. Enjoyed the fried chicken when I stopped there recently.

                                1. re: carolinadawg

                                  You can get to B's from 95 in 30-35 minutes or so; B's is right off 264 just as you come into Greenville. Skylight would be another 20 minutes or so past that.

                                  I'd rank B's and Wilber's about even. Skylight is the best, but is a haul. If it were me, I'd do Wilber's, being closest to 95 and all.