Brisket Platter at Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem, NC
Brisket, Mac ‘N Cheese, Slaw, Hush Puppies, and Toast
Previously I wrote about their Chinese/BBQ fusion Pulled Pork Egg Rolls. In addition to that, I went with the tried a true - the Brisket platter. The toast was completely useless, but everything else was extremely good. Best Hush Puppies I’ve ever had. They had so much more flavor than just the boring throw-ins you normally get.
I almost pulled over on our way home from New Bern, but considering we had just stopped about 30 minutes before, I didn’t pull the trigger. Definitely worth of a second look.
1/2 BBQ Chicken with Fries Lunch Special at Morgan’s Tavern and Grill in New Bern, NC
By the end of our trip, even I had eaten too much seafood; so I decided to try the 1/2 chicken. The restaurant itself was really “open” on the inside and had a cool feel to it; our waitress, Emily, was very good; and the place was already getting busy when we got there right after it opened - which is always a good sign. And for only $6.50, this lunch special was a crazy good deal.
Garlic Steamed Clams at MJ’s Raw Bar and Grille in New Bern, NC
There was so much juice to soak up that I had to ask for more rolls. Lots of fun to eat. My shirt did not seem to enjoy it as much as I did, though.
BBQ at the “Capital of BBQ”, The Skylight Inn; Ayden, NC
So much has been said about this place. It’s been named one of the “500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late”. In 1984, National Geographic called Pete Jones’ place the “Capital of American BBQ”. The Southern Foodways Alliance made a documentary about it a few years ago (embedded below, or viewed here).
Right when you get out of your car, you know you’re at a real BBQ joint. The smell of smoke just hangs over the whole parking lot. I would easily be 400 pounds if I lived across the street from this place.
I think my favorite part was their menu - the simplicity of it. They don’t even call it “pulled pork,” it’s just “BBQ.” That’s it. That’s all you get. BBQ, slaw, cornbread. No frills. No choices. Just ‘cue.
After I finished up my food, the pitmaster was nice enough to let me look around in the pit (where they cook the pigs whole) for a few minutes and snap some pictures. Very very cool.
Pulled Pork Egg Rolls at Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem, NC
Pulled Pork, Monterrey Jack Cheese, Semi-Sweet Sauce, served with a Sweet-and-Spicy Relish for dipping.
Before the egg rolls got brought out, I ate an entire plate of Brisket (this) and I was really full. But there was no stopping me once these came to the table.
(BBQ x Chinese Food) + Cheese = Amazing, for future reference.
Soft Shell Crab Sandwich at The Sting Ray Cafe in New Bern, North Carolina
Any seafood market, or any market for that matter, that doubles as a restaurant is going to have the freshest food; and therefore some of the best food. It’s always a good idea to find these places, no matter where you go… but especially when traveling on the coasts.
Blackened Shrimp & Scallop Pasta at The Hurricane Restaurant in New Bern, North Carolina
The food took forever, the waitress didn’t seem to care to know the specials, and the bar staff kept mixing up our beers.
But… my food was absolutely delicious, so all of that is cancelled out for the most part. The sauce was creamy and cheesy, the seafood had spice, and the portion was big. Won’t be back, since there’s so any other things to try; but I was pretty satisfied with how mine turned out.