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Lexington Landslide

Posted August 14, 2008

Pure heaven. The Nirvana of pigmeat. The apotheosis of pork. That's how one critic, Shinola, describes the food at Lexington Barbecue. Apparently, our readers agree. Lexington, known locally in Davidson County as Honeymonks, scored a landslide victory in our barbecue poll for the best restaurant serving western flavored pork.

Stamey's, the consistently popular spot in Greensboro, finished second in the Best of the West poll. Woodland's in the High Country at Blowing Rock finished third. Earlier, our blog readers chose Hog Heaven of Durham as the top spot for Down East Barbecue. Hog Heaven also has a strong reputation for chicken and dumplings.

Some of you complained that a lot of good restaurants were left out of the poll. You're right but we had to limit the restaurants to the ones that were nominated in our call for entries last week. Rules aren't fun but necessary.

Some of the most fun I had with this contest was learning about a Fuquay-Varina comedy duo that penned and performed a terrific song about barbecue. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal have become internet sensations with a road trip series featuring famous foods and restaurants across the country. For lots of laughs and a good education to boot check out their Web site and click on the interstate highway sign.

Today's question: where should Rhett and Link go next in their Alka-Seltzer sponsored Great American Road Trip?


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  • nodoginthisfight Aug 15, 2008

    Sorry, Bill the sanitation rating at Hog Heaven scares me!

  • nodoginthisfight Aug 15, 2008

    Been eating with Wayne at Lexington BBQ for over 30 years, It's still the best, and most consistent I've ever eaten. Yes, Woodall's in Boone is good,but it's not consistent. Bullocks in Durham isn't bad for local BBQ. The best BBQ is by the local guys who buy local shoulders and do it themselves.

  • 2thebeach Aug 14, 2008

    Those guys should go to El's in Morehead and have shrimpburger; they won't even have to get out of the car!

  • jcsmom Aug 14, 2008

    Shane's is good. It's a chain (there is one in Burlington as well). It reminds me more of Memphis style. Our family loves it, but it's not the same as Lexington BBQ.

  • luvbailey Aug 14, 2008

    I'm surprised appgrad95 picked Lexington over Woodlands!

  • appgrad95 Aug 14, 2008

    Bill, your voters got it right! Lexington BBQ in Lexington is the best! I've been stopping there to eat, on my way to the mountains, since I was a kid and was making the trip to Boone with my grandparents. 30+ years and still my all-time favorite BBQ!

    -Brandon Keith

  • bleslie Aug 14, 2008

    I didn't get any comments on Shane's. Is it good?

  • MaplesMom Aug 14, 2008

    I'm not sure I know who Rhett and Link are; however I have 2 options for them. #1: Drive the old Route 66. #2 In the fall, take a road trip up north to see the leaves change all up and down the eastern seaboard. That would be a gorgeous drive!!!

  • owlady Aug 14, 2008

    I would love to try Stamey's next time I go to Greensboro.

    Bill, question, Did anyone rate "Shane's Rib Shack in Raleigh ?

    I believe it is western style.

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