The wife and I finally tried the Allen and Sons branch on 15-501 heading into Pittsboro. I found the grub remarkably similar to that served at the more storied branch on Airport Road. Same piquant cue (my wife says she could detect a subtle lack of hickory flavor, but I'm dubious); same pathetic, limp french fries; same slaw; same country-shack decor; same hideously uncomfortable chairs (straight from the Spanish Inquisition yard sale?). The only difference I could detect concerned the hushpuppies: the Pittsboro serves less greasy pups, elongated rather than round.
At the risk of bring down on my head the collective wrath of the NC Chowhounds, let me say that I'm growing a bit bored with NC cue. It's makes for a pleasant occasional meal, but it's ultimately a little bland, a little mushy, a little repetitive, not to be compared with the great regional delicacies like San Francisco sourdough or Texas/Memphis/Kansas City BBQ or New York pizza or Boston clam chowder. I say this having made a very conscientious survey over the last two years. I've tried Allen and Sons, Lexington #1, Lexington Style Trimmings, B's, Wilbur's, Stamey's, Blue Mist (underrated), Parker's, and probably a few others.
So let the invective begin! (Though please don't tell me to go back to New York: I like it here, cue reservations notwithstanding).
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