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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Best diner winner announced

Posted August 26, 2008 11:13 a.m. EDT

How about a thunderous round of applause for Highway Diner in Rocky Mount! This popular eatery at 810 N. Winstead Avenue has won our Best of Carolina poll for diners statewide. The balloting ended this morning at 9:00. At that moment the Highway Diner had garnered an impressive to 42% of more than 3,400 ballots cast in NC’s Best Diner survey. Blue Ribbon Diner in Mebane and Burlington came in second with 33% of the vote. 4 Corners Diner of Atlantic Beach edged Watkins in Raleigh for third place with slightly better than 5% of the total.

Thanks to all of you for voting and having fun with our contest. In the next few days we will vote on North Carolina’s favorite festival.

Food was on my mind this morning more than usual. I fasted from 7:00P.M. last night until 10:00A.M. this morning. Nothing serious here. Just some routine blood work at the doctor’s office. But my appetite was voracious when I left. I wish I could have found a Highway Diner on the way back to Channel 5.

By the way, thanks to all of you for your very kind comments regarding the passing of my dog Sparky. You all touched my heart and I deeply appreciate your warmth and concern.