Starting with the worst:
* Alfred & Charlies, New Hope Road [dry Q, crust on slaw, stale hushpuppies; owner/chef has cigarette hanging from lip while cooking]
* Black's BBQ, South York [low cleanliness ratings, rough neighborhood]
* R.O.'s BBQ, Gaston Ave. [low cleanliness ratings, surley attitude]
* Hillbilly's, E. Garrison (& I-85 in Lowell) [just bad Q]
Instead, follow Bob Garner's advice and head west to either Bridges in Shelby -- or go east to the Old Hickory House in Charlotte.