Dispatch From the Road: Lunching Across North Carolina – Garden & Gun

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Dispatch From the Road: Lunching Across North Carolina

Tag along with writer Jed Portman on a road trip through the Tar Heel State in search of rib-sticking meals

June/July 2016

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El’s Drive-In, in Morehead City, at opening time.

photo: Jed Portman

Lunch at El’s: a shrimp burger, an oyster burger, a cheeseburger, and onion rings.

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At the Collard Shack, in Ayden, Benny Cox sells vinegar infused with heirloom Bill Jones peppers.

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Afternoon outside the Roast Grill in Raleigh, where little has changed since 1940.

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An “upper” and a “lower” on the table at Ted’s Kickin Chicken, tossed in a secret-recipe vinegar-pepper sauce.

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A sampling from the steam table at Bum’s in Ayden, with sweet potatoes, cabbage collards, fried chicken, cornbread, and a rich, comforting bowl of chicken and pastry.

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Red clay out the window on the way to Pilot Mountain State Park.

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Three South Carolina–inspired sides at Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville: barbecue hash, chicken bog, and catfish stew—pictured with house-made catfish sausage.

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The best way to do Buxton? Try a little bit of everything.

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Every pig that comes off the pits at Buxton has a name, whether it’s “Pjörk” or “Jerry Swinefeld.”

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Huevos rancheros on the patio at Krankies Coffee in Winston-Salem, a former R.J. Reynolds loading dock.

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The doors are open at Fonta Flora brewery in Morganton.

photo: Jed Portman