Howdy, kids. We're heading north to visit friends this weekend. We're leaving late Thursday afternoon, which will have us wanting to eat dinner somewhere between Athens and Charlotte. Looks like we'll be on I-85 for all of that stretch.
Any tips on darned good grub before reaching Charlotte would be welcome. I like to eat early, we'll reach Charlotte too late for dinner, and we love good food no matter where it is. Greenville? Spartanburg? Gastonia? Smaller towns in between?
Maybe we can avoid heavy Souther-style stuff, as we'll be loading up on Carolina BBQ, Carolina hot dogs, and Carolina meat 'n' threes while in Winston. And sorta near I-85 would be nice, although reasonable detours are entirely okay for great food. This is one of the main reasons I'm posting as well as searching, as we don't want any crazy detours.
Thanks for the help.