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Fuller's BBQ in Lumberton, NC (off I-95)

Brent Kulman | Oct 18, 200408:46 AM

Fuller's BBQ may have the best buffet spread in the entire southeast.

Run by a Lumbee family, the buffet spread groans with southern delicacies. Meats range from to the expected crowd pleasers such as fried chicken, bbq and fried seafood (fish and shellfish) to the surprising (chitlins, fried chicken gizzards and livers and liver pudding). It's hard to know what to select but don't pass over the tantalizingly light fried oysters.

The vegetable selection is also overwhelming and tasty. A full range of farmers market beans and peas(limas, broad, navy, field, black-eyed, to name a few) complement the leafy greens such as cabbage and collards. Corn, mashed potatoes, okra and candied yams are also available.

While you can get biscuits with your meal, I have always passed over them in favor of the addictive johnny cakes, those crispy fried circles of corn meal. You can top them with a little molasses which is provided at each table for this purpose.

Save room for the dessert tray, which includes banana pudding, red velvet cake, and carrot cake among the selections.

There is also a salad bar but let's face it, with this kind of selection, who is going to mess with that?

Generally, I avoid cafeterias as the food tends to be uninspired, institutional and unappetizing. Fuller's shows what you can achieve in this genre when a commitment to high quality keeps the food fresh and the rapid turnover ensures that each dish remains enticing.

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