Around North Carolina, the pups vary from restaurant to restaurant. Most will be fixed with a little onion and other extras, but many are just plain dollops of corn bread. The vary greatly in shape and size.
East Carolina Universuty = ECU
For those of us whose eyes function best as plugs to keep our brains from dribbling out, there’s a way to see that menu. (After all, I refuse to miss a chance to read a menu!)
Save it to your desktop and use your image viewer of choice to view and enlarge it. And now I know that they have biscuits and gravy, which is one of my favorite meals!
And now will someone tell me what "ECU" means?
Welcome back!!![:D] You are correct about the Vandals…..it is the University of Idaho.
If I had a better "thesaurus-in-my-head" (as I like to call it) I would come up with more superlatives for you! Excellent, as always!!!! GREAT pics etc.
Some notes and questions…
Someone else said "witness protection?!" and I agree – this seems REALLY odd, I can only think they had something to hide. I take photos all over the country (and world) and have never once been yelled at or even reprimanded for taking someone’s photo. I definitely ask in many situations, but this seems really strange to me. (And quite a way to be put off a place!)
BB: I can’t quite tell what university’s shirt you are wearing in the early pics – it’s gold, and maybe says "Vandals" or something on the sleeve?!
And to Ort. Carlton, if you are reading, you won’t have to learn to use a scanner with the newfangled cameras! All you do is plug a cord from the camera into a USB port on your computer and transfer the pics. It’s quite easy!! (Some people use a method where they take the memory card/chip from the camera and put it in a slot on the computer but I do the "old-fashioned" way with the cord.) [:)]
Any Hushpuppy Knowledgable Folk, I have a question.
My first hushpuppy experience was Redbones in Somerville, MA. And while folks debate about their ‘Q, I like it but *love* the hushpuppies. They are pretty big, round, and kinda like this
but they also have green onion or something in them. The question is that I had hushpuppies in NC recently and they looked a lot like the smaller ones in BB’s photos here. And they were very plain, and frankly I didn’t like ’em at all!
So, is this a regional thing? If so, where are my favorite hushpuppies "really" from??
As much as I love Wilber’s (never had a ‘bad’ day there), the Skylight is my favorite eastern ‘cue. BB,those hard bits are skin which is what makes it my favorite. However, don’t try to reheat in a nuker as the crispy skin bits turn rubbery.
I never thought I’d find an eastern that I’d put up there with Lexington #1, but Skylight does it for me.
I’m glad that you gave Wilber’s another chance. It is my favorite for eastern NC que, but for me, any of the wood burners serving Lexington style is better than the best in the east.
I usually leave the boiled potatoes on the plate when I’m eating que in eastern NC. And yes, there is a passionate disagreement between those of us who prefer the "shoulders only" Lexington style and those poor uninformed souls who prefer to eat "whole hog" que down east.
Nancypalooza & familydoc–
We were aware of White Swan and as we were driving from Goldsboro back to Raleigh, we passed right through Smithfield and made a left on Rte. 301. Unable to find it in a timely manner, we gave up and just headed for the airport. Too bad, I would have liked to have tried it.
I really like the story of your dad taking you to Wilber’s and him explaining the nuances of bbq. That is what I would call a good Carolina education!
A quick story….. While we were in Wilbur’s, we started talking bbq with the people at the table next to us. Surprisingly enough, the fact that I picked up my bowl of brunswick stew and carried it to another table halfway across the room for better light drew some attention (thanks Chris!) Anyway, we were talking about different styles of ‘que and I mistakenly mentioned that I consider Lexington #1 the best barbecue I have ever had. His reply was, "I’m glad you like it, because I sure don’t." He then preceded to tell us that the people in other parts of the state have no idea what good barbecue was. The man wasn’t mad, but he was being very serious and barbecue is serious business around these parts!
Parker’s was our other choice of where to go on Sunday. But since Johnny and I were there just a few years ago, we decided to go somewhere he hasn’t been. Personally, I like the ‘que at Parker’s, although I don’t think it is on the same level as other places we visited. And we would love to try their fried chicken, sometime.
Stew, ‘cue & ICU? I think I like that even better!
I agree with you whole heartedly. I love to see other people’s pictures. When I go to someone’s house for the first time, I always ask them to pull out the photo album. What better way to learn about the person?
You don’t know how badly I wish I could be there, but it just doesn’t look like it is possible. I do appreciate the sentiment, though.
On the way to the airport, I had Johnny tell me what his favorites were…..
Johnny – Wilber’s
BB – Skylight Inn
Johnny might have very well voted for Skylight Inn except that we both found small bits of hard pieces, what we are assuming was bone in the meat. Johnny found more in his pork, hence it bothered him more.
Best Brunswick Stew
Johnny – Allen & Son He called it the best he has ever had!
BB – Wilber’s
Johnny – Skylight Inn
BB – Bunn’s Bar-B-Que
Johnny – Pecan Pie at Allen & Son
BB – Cake at Mama Dip’s
Johnny – Wilber’s
Cliff – Wilber’s
Number of times we said the name of Wilber’s Barbecue in the voice of Mr. Ed…..too many to count.[;)]
Nice photo job, BB and great report! Although I think I would have had to name it Stew, ‘cue & ICU! [;)]
Always a pleasure to follow you along. Thanks!
Dok I’ve only been to the one but I have a good friend with family in the area and I do think the White Swans are all related, but that’s just my understanding.
Ort. have you ever tried roasting potatoes in the oven in the bbq sauce of your choice? It’s better if you’ve got chicken or something baking on top of them but without it it’s still pretty good.
trolasater I’m with you–I don’t get flavoring your pork and your slaw the same way, but then I’m from S. Slawcalacky.
Once again my friend your report was top notch. I was good to see you out from behind the camera for a change. It looks like you and Johnny had an AWESOME weekend.
How many colleges/universities does that make for you or have you lost count?
Thanks for sharing your adventure.
p.s. Are you sure you can’t blow off work and come to Mobile??? [;)]
Thanks for a great report! Looks like you had a great time. While I am not great at taking pictures, I do love to see other people’s vacation / trip pictures — yes, I actually sit happily through a slide show of someone’s vacation!
The cupcakes and the biscuits look wonderful!
Eastern boiled potatoes are most traditionally made with
a thin vinegar sauce that gives that an unexpected flavor.
The further west you go, the less you see it.
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