We've been making this trip about every other year for the last 15 years, so I've had the opportunity to try a lot of CH suggestions. Also, as BBQ has improved in NYC (and my backyard smoker), there's less of an imperative to drive off 95 for BBQ. Finally, I judge bbq contests, and some of the Q is other worldly.
Over the years, we've been to Buzz and Neds, Wilburs, Moores, Sweatmmans, Bessingers, Parkers, Carls (ice cream) and the Summerton Diner. I've also traveled to a bunch of other places on business (lex 1, prices, a bumch of great places in texas, kc, etc.)
Would love to hear your suggestions, especially for whole hog over wood. Years ago McCabes and Blakcbeards got mixed reviews, I see they've gotten better, not sure if that's a diffusion in the quality of reviewers or if the quality of the Q has improved. Also, suggestions don't have to be for BBQ, we love great seafood, fried chicken...really, anything interesting.
I know the skylight is missing from the list but at this point, I can't justify dragging my wife, 3 teens and dog an extra 1.5 hours for what might be the best chopped in the US...cause they'll like it but it's going to be hard to explain how it's better than say Wilbur's and why we made the trip. And I'm not sure if Scott's has re-opened but there used to be no place to sit.
ps I should add that although the Q has improved in our area, the hush puppies have not and it's scary how many hush puppies I can eat if they're good. I recall going through two baskets on my own at wilburs...