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Lexington, NC BBQ?

vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
edited 3:49AM in EggHead Forum
I am headed to Wake Forest this weekend and I want to stop in Lexington, NC for some BBQ. It is voted one of the 3 best BBQ cities in the country.

So my question is to those that have eaten in town: which place should I try?

I am leaning toward Lexington BBQ but have read great reviews on other local places....I am looking for some input...thanks. :)

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,092
    Kim, I've never eaten in Lexington, though I tried to once. Driving down I-85, it was lunchtime and I was about to pass Lexington. So, I took an exit (there are 3 or 4 for Lex) and pulled in to a gas station. Asked for directions to "Lexington Barbecue". They looked at me like I had two heads! No idea what I was talking about! Never did find it so I ate at McDonalds. :)

    Maybe if I had asked for directions to Honey Monks, they would have known. The place was originally opened by a guy named Wayne "Honey" Monk. This is the one you see mentioned in all the TV shows about "the best barbecue joints". Also known as Lexington #1. I found out about all this after my trip.

    Anyway, it, like all Q joints, gets mixed reviews. Some swear by it, others, not so much. Here's a link to a CNN (of all places) article about some guy who was "comparison shopping".

    If Pete was around, you KNOW he'd have an opinion!! :)

    http://barbecuequest.blogspot.com/2009/04/lexington-1honey-monkslexington.html

    Hope this helps - good luck!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I learned not to ask for directions when I lived in NC. -RP
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    Thanks Michael...and yep I have heard the same thing about it being hard to find. I may try Smiley's or any other local joint. This should be interesting. I will let you know how it goes... ;)
  • golffergolffer Posts: 144
    If you exit Hwy 378 and head into Lexington there is a large BBQ on the right about 2 miles down. Can't recall name but food is (IMHO) medium at best. However, there is usually quite a few cars there. About 15 miles furthur, in Leesville-Batesburg is one called SHEALY's. Buffet style naturally and very good. That is also where they manufacture a vinegar-based sauce but you can get mustard-based as well. If you are coming east on 20 you couls also exit onto Hwy 178 (exit 39) and it is much closer. Shealy's would definitely be my recommendation.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,092
    Kim, you piqued my curiosity (plus work can be sooo boring sometimes), so here's a map. :) I was on regular I-85. You need to be on BUSINESS I-85. There's a business interstate?! Who knew?!

    Anyway, "A" is Lexington #1/Monks/Lexington Barbecue. "B" is Smokey Joe's - never heard of that one. Hope you find one you like.

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    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    Thanks much...we will either try Lexington BBQ or Smiley's BBQ depending on which one we find first...LOL B)
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    Thanks much...we will either try Lexington BBQ or Smiley's BBQ depending on which one we find first...LOL B)
  • You're in the wrong state. He is going to NC. SC will give him mustard sauce!
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    Kim,
    My mom is from Asheboro down the road. We always ate at the Blue Mist BBQ. For my NC roots that was bbq growing up. I think Lampe mentions it in his bbq road trip book.

    H
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