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Best iced tea in NC

Posted August 11, 2011

We talked about North Carolina's best coffee earlier this week. Now let's discuss the state's best iced tea. Who makes it? Where can you find it? What is the process for making great iced tea?

A few more questions:

Is great unsweetened iced tea possible? If so, how?

What about the use of lemon and mint? How do they play a role in great iced tea?

What about the use of sugar, syrup and honey? What are the do's and don'ts?

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  • green_eyes Aug 15, 2011

    Parkers BBQ in Wilson definitely has the best tea.

  • Snowman123 Aug 15, 2011

    The best tea I've ever had away from home is Parker's Barbecue in Wilson, NC. It is always perfectly sweetened and I never have to add any of the stuff in the "pink packet" to adjust it. What's even better is they give you your own pitcher of tea so that you don't have to depend on a waiter to come around at the right time.

  • Jackieann Aug 15, 2011

    What makes Parker's the best is the tea, plus the crushed ice...who needs dessert?

  • Jackieann Aug 15, 2011

    Parker's BBQ in Wilson!

  • FurioandSophiesmom Aug 14, 2011

    Definitely Smithfield Chicken & BBQ (the best is at the Raeford Road location in Fayetteville). Completely addictive!

  • Claire Aug 13, 2011

    Sweet tea in most restaurants is okay, but usually tends to be too sweet. Smithfield's has so much sugar you can't taste the tea. I prefer what I make at home. I use an Iced Tea Pot brewer (made by Mr. Coffee), and loose leaf tea (much better than the sawdust in tea bags). I fill the pitcher with ice, pour a cup of Splenda over it, and the tea is brewed and automatically dispensed over the ice cubes. The tea is cold when the brewing is done. I also like some flavored teas; my favorite is the strawberry tea (tea leaves with dried strawberries in it) from Adagio.

  • drnc Aug 13, 2011

    I'd have to say Parker's in Greenville.

  • robmartin Aug 13, 2011

    Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ has great sweet tea for restaurant, but I think homemade is still the best!

  • galipi3 Aug 12, 2011

    Parker's in Wilson has the best SWEET iced tea, for that matter, most BBQ places in NC has great sweet tea! It's gotta be unsweet tea, embrace the sweet southern culture and give it a try :)

  • no more - no less Aug 12, 2011

    Best unsweet ice tea:

    Cheesecake Factory - Mango Tea

    Biaggi's - Black Currant Tea




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