Restaurants & Bars 6

Old North State BBQ food truck in Durham NC

bbqme | Mar 9, 201210:37 AM

Finally got around to trying their que yesterday. I got the combo plate, which was a decent pile of que, slaw, and choice of side ($8) and a couple of ribs ($3) to try. The que was really good-- not Allen & Son good since nobody can seem to replicate their smokiness-- but I'll give them 2nd place. I actually liked the texture better than Allen & Son's que because it was leaner and didn't have bits of fat that A&S has, but it was well sauced to keep it moist. The sauce is western style since there is some ketchup in it, which I like. The ribs on the other hand get a thumbs down. First, I don't care for baby back ribs; my first choice is St. Louis cut (like the Q Shack's ) or even full slab (like Smokey's Shack) to baby back. Second, the ribs had a boiled/steamed quality to them and fell of the bone rather than having a slight chew like properly cooked ribs. Lastly, the flavor is just too flat. I chose fried okra as my side and man was it good! Best fried okra I can remember having-- maybe because they were made-to-order fresh out of the frier. My friend got the baked beans and it came in a rather small cup. The okra was clearly the better deal as a side. I liked the slaw too but some may find it too sweet. They also sell hot dogs and banana pudding but I didn't try them so can't comment. Drinks are just canned soda.

I believe they mostly serve around downtown Durham, RTP, and Carrboro (on Sundays?) and are worth seeking out IMO.

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