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Very good barbeque in RTP

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Very good barbeque in RTP

Sant | Sep 8, 2003 03:44 PM

I have gone to Danny's barbeque off Alexander Dr. in RTP now and I can say that they, IMHO, serve the best BBQ pork in the Triangle. Yes, I've eaten at Allen & Sons many times and it is mighty fine 'que but I gotta go with Danny's. Now, let me say that I have a BBQ bias. I grew up in north Florida. The BBQ of north FL/south GA is a heavy wood smoke flavor with a sweet tomato-based sauce. In comparison, I have found North Carolina BBQ to have a more subtle smoke flavor (more oak less hickory, perhaps?). I like the vinegar based sauce okay, but I like the sweet tomato-based sauce better. Also, I prefer the pork to be sliced or chunked more than being finely chopped like NC BBQ is. Danny's is run by folks who came up from Jacksonville about 10 years ago and they brought N. FL/ S. GA BBQ with them. Their chopped pork was nice chunks of smokey, moist meat. It wasn't sauced. Although they feature the sweet, tomato-based sauce, they also have Carolina style vinegar sauce and Texas style spicy sauce. Note: they have also have sliced pork tenderloin. I did not like it. It was dry and lacked flavor. I don't think lean cuts of meat and BBQ mix too well. They have a nice selection of vegetables but nothing spectacular. However, their cobblers and especially the banana pudding looked delicious. Unfortunately, this damned Atkins diet I'm on precluded me from trying them.

Sadly, the RTP location is only open for lunch. If that's not convenient for you, you'll have to go to their restaurant in Cary. I think you'll find that it's worth the trip.

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