Tomorrow, mid-day, I will be driving on NC 24 going from Emerald Isle to Southern Pines. I would LOVE to find a good local place for lunch between Jacksonville (NC) and Fayetteville. Yes, I realize this is land of Applebee's and Arby's, BUT there has to be some local places still hiding out there somewhere. Casual, hole-in-the-wall, local hang-out, bit off the beaten path. . .all good by me if the chow is tasty!
Looking at Mapquest here are some of the NC towns I see along the route:
Half Moon, Richlands, Reulaville, Kenansville, Warsaw, Roseboro, Autryville & Vander