I spent week of August 22-27 traveling daily between Statesville and Charlotte. Attending a loved one in Presbyterian Hospital, and since it was the only vacation I'll get this year, I made an effort to play with my food.
Three different BBQ experiences.
1.)Bubba's in Charlotte on Sunset. Pulled pork was bland. Not bad, not good. Just bland. Certainly tasted as if there were no trees killed in it's making. I enjoyed their Beaufort stew.
2.)Porky's in Salisbury. Same thing. Not alot of flavor and seemed to be roast pork, not smoked. If there was any smoke there it was hiding. Loved their red slaw.
3.) Little Pigs, Statesville. Now, this is only a few blocks from where I grew up, and I ate their pork as a child. Maybe that's what I really measure BBQ against, subconsciously. It's chopped pork, not pulled. The sandwiches are served with a small amount of a ketchup-based sauce on the buns. And the taste of the smoked pork is out of this world! I love their BBQ!!!!
Now, I'll admit it's a bit on the dry side, or at least it was the other day. But I can overlook that for the flavor. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
Do NOT even try their hushpuppies. Worst I've ever tasted. Just grab a couple of sandwiches; get your sides somewhere else. (There's a Food Lion next door.)
Also during the trip I had breakfast at Athens near Presbyterian in Charlotte. Nice atmosphere, good eats. Dinner one night at Malaysian (?) also near the hospital. Tasty, very fresh sushi. My brother chose a grilled entree of shrimp, chicken and vegetables that was fabulous. I goofed and ordered a scallop/snow pea/ginger dish. Steamed and tender, but not what I was envisioning. Good service.
Anyone else had experiences at these restaurants?