I went to NC for two days, armed with many suggestions from this site. I had a cold which probably dulled the senses. My other disclaimer is that I'm not as much of a purist as many folks here, but having been to dozens of legitimate obscure BBQ joints I'm not exactly a Tony Roma's-only sort.
Saturday, I arrived in Goldsboro. I was planning to check out Wilber's but was drawn to McCall's Seafood and Barbecue Buffet. The place has received mixed reviews on Chowhound but I was very pleased with it.
I enjoyed the regular type of chopped pork, but there was a strange and delicious type of minced pork with a dark brown sauce. Does anyone know where this originates?
The fried fish was very good, and I was also impressed with the fried shrimp, an item I usually find boring.
There was an amazing dish with small reddish beans that turned out to be black-eyed peas...I'm not sure why they were reddish instead of grayish but they were great.
On Sunday, I had my first lunch at Wilber's. The pork was excellent and the slaw was good too.
Then my second lunch was at Mitchell's in Wilson. I skipped Parker's because of the huge lines. I got a 3-meat, 4-side combo, which was $6.99. The BBQ chicken and pork were very good, but the best item was the rib, so if I'm ever back there I plan to focus more on ribs. Among the sides, macaroni and cheese was o.k., lima beans were better than expected, collard greens were top-notch and string beans were boring.
Sunday night I went to Parker's in Greenville, the one on Greenville Blvd. I got the fried chicken dinner, which was pretty good, and included brunsick stew, potatoes and corn sticks. Very good tea. (What's the relationship of the Greenville branches to the Parker's in Wilson?)
Then on Monday I hit the Skylight Inn in Ayden. This was a case where I would have liked the place better without the hype. It was pretty good but I wasn't blown away. To be fair, maybe my cold was a factor here, but I liked the meat much better with the sauce then plain. I enjoyed the texture, which benefited from the inclusion of skin, but I felt the temperature should have been a little hotter. The sauce was great, though - spicier than usual.
I stopped off at an underutilized coffee place in Wilson, Luna something. Then I went to Parker's in Wilson. I had the barbecue pork/barbecue chicken combo. The pork was o.k., the chicken was very good, and the tea was amazing. I also enjoyed the brunswick stew and boiled potatoes.