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I love the choice in North Carolina, Allen and Son,
I have long been a big fan of Allen & Son, but my visit in early 2016 was bad. Shockingly bad. Still, I’m not going to give up on them, as there have been too many quality meals there over the years.
Anyone been there lately?
Remember my first experience at Lexington # 1 was dismal and my second experience (on the bus tour) was as complete turn around.
Our one and only visit to Lexington #1 was a disappointment.
As we had driven quite a distance out of our way and had spent the night in Lexington just for the singular purpose of eating there, perhaps a bit of that was due to ‘over-anticipation’ – kinda like Clark and family finally arriving at Wally World.
Thinking back, the best BBQ experiences of my life have most always been an unexpected ‘surprise’ – like my first time eating Eastern Carolina-style ‘Cue (in Staunton, VA; since closed).
After 11 years in Texas and enjoying many ‘big reputation’ places, the best brisket we ever had was at a (literal) shack in Lubbock: Tom & Bingo’s. Again, that was a surprise.
If ever I find my way back to Lexington #1 it’ll be with a bottle of Eastern Carolina sauce in my wife’s purse. They can keep that watery, ketchup “dip”.