For inland Carolinians heading towards the ocean on Highway 64, Shaw’s has been a favorite eat-stop since Harry Truman was President. Most customers come for the immemorial eastern North Carolina barbecue meal: chopped pork with a couple of such side dishes as collard greens, boiled potatoes, candied yams, cole slaw, baked beans, or cabbage. Also included in the price of a plate is a pair of corn sticks, a strange local substitute for hushpuppies that, in our opinion, are all texture and little taste.
Shaw’s offers not only the traditional finely-chopped pork veiled in a subtle vinegar sauce; the menu also lists “pig pickers,” which is big strips and chunks of pork pulled of the roast and apparently not sauced at all. If you want pig and nothing but the pig, picker is the way to go.
Service is do-it-yourself. Step up to the counter and tell the server what you want. When you pay, you get a number and while the meal is prepared you find a table and wait for the number to be called. Everything is served in Styrofoam clamshell containers, which are not all that charming, but make some sense since so much business here is carry-out.