North Carolina


North Carolina Tips

BBQ Jew does a great blog of Carolina Chopped BBQ

Ayden, NC
Skylight Inn,  4618 Lee Street Ayden, NC 28513 (252) 746-4113-Not an inn, just a restaurant specializing in whole hog bbq, chopped up and served with a vinegary hot sauce premixed in.  The defination of NC bbq.


Asheville, NC

The Local weekly alternative paper for Asheville is the Mountain Xpress.  There is a glossy arts mag called the Laurel of Asheville.


The Double Crown – speakeasy in a tiny house offering live R&B, soul & rock, : 375 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806  Most nights 5PM–2:30AM- Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound has a weekly DJ Gig here.


Early Girl Eatery-Trashy Travel hates the words farm to table, but this joint has great takes on southern food.   Vegan friendly too.  8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801 Breakfast all day

12 Bones-Local BBQ joint with a few locations

Buxton Hall Barbecue- 32 Banks Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-kind of fancy for a bbq joint, DO NOT MISS THE BANANA CREAM PIE. Great slaw, Dont try anything other than the pulled pork for meat, yummy sprouts, actual homemade waffle fries, hushpuppies served with tartar dipping sauce, Brunswick stew, sweet potato mash.

Record Stores-

Harvest Records
415 Haywood Rd
Static Age Records
110 N Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 

Live Music-

The Altamont Theatre -18 Church St, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 782-3334

The Odditorium ?- 1045 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 til 2AM
(828) 575-9299

The Orange Peel -101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801  (828) 398-1837 1000 person venue
Broadway’s-120 North Lexington Avenue  Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 285-0400

Lazy Diamond -4 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC 28801
Tiger Mountain-112 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801(828) 407-0666 Bar with occasional live music/touring bands

The Mothlight -701 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 252-5433

Belmont, NC

Attraction, Haunted Mill and Black Light Mini Golf-We love black light mini golf at Trashy Travel.

Boone, NC

Live Music

Black Cat Burrito-127 North Depot Street, Boone, NC, (828) 263-9511-Live music and dance parties every 3rd Friday at this restaurant

Carrboro, NC (Chapel Hill)

Venues-The Station – 201 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510 til 2 AM  (919) 918-3923

Chapel Hill, NC

Live music-

Cat’s Cradle -300 E. Main St. Carrboro NC 919.967.9053-live venue for Chapel Hill/Carrboro metro area.

Local 506-506 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, (919) 942-5506
Jack Sprat Cafe Hill, NC 27514
(919) 933-3575 coffeeshop with the occasional live band.  Check sched on myspace

The Cave, Chapel Hill’s oldest tavern-452 West Franklin Street  Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 968-9308 Home of the annual Black Beards lost weekender.

Nightlight – 405 W Rosemary St  Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 960-6101-More DIY type shows here


Dip’s Country Kitchen-408 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC – (919) 942-5837

Time-Out Restaurant -24 hour counter serve dispensing chicken-cheddar biscuits & other Southern eats-201 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Trolley Stop Hot Dogs-Near the Cave.  306 W Franklin.  Open Late
Joe’s Joint Hot Dogs- 161 1/2 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Allen & Son Barbeque -6203 Millhouse Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 942-7576-Eastern style pulled pork, sweet slaw, pecan pie with homemade vanilla ice cream


Record Stores-
CD Alley, 405-C W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Record Exchange, 128 C E Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Schoolkids, 144 E. Franklin, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Two Way Pull, 405 C W. Franklin, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Charlotte, NC

The local alternative weekly for Charlotte is

Creative Loafing.


Live Music-
Amo’s South End-1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 704-377-6874-Downtown music bar.

Keg & Cue -2135 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203 (704) 333-0074 Dive bar with touring acts and Cue, I presume.

Tremont Music Hall and the Casbah-400 West Tremont Ave-Charlotte, 704-343-9494-Large and small home of national touring acts.

Snug Harbor-Punk bands and more
THE MILESTONE-3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC


The Room, formerly Mojos-1812 Montford Dr-Charlotte, NC-(704) 523-2291-some indie shows come in, but its more techno.
Jeff’s Bucket Shop- 1601 Montford Dr., Charlotte, NC-small bands play there, mainly college bands, but it’s a good congealing spot for dating and maybe drinking a Shirley Temple

Arthur’s Wine Shop – 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211  (704) 366-8610-for 40 years this wine shop/restaurant has served basic chicken salad sandwiches and burgers.
Bill Spoon’s Barbecue -No-frills bbq serving Eastern NC-style BBQ and  hushpuppies  since 1963. 5524 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217  (704) 525-8865
Prices Chicken Coop-1614 Camden Road – 704.333.9866-said to be among the best fried chicken in America. ALL DINNERS SERVED WITH COLE SLAW, TATER ROUNDS, HUSHPUPPIES & ROLL
the Penguin-1921 Commonwealth Ave- the best spot in Charlotte. It used to be an old diner. It changed into a dive bar. They have everything from 1 pound burgers with pimento cheese to jumbo soy dogs. They also have the best jukebox in town.
Mattie’s Diner, Across from the NC Music Factory, 915 Hamilton Street Charlotte, NC 28206  (704) 376-1020-old timey diner in an old timey diner car
Midnight Diner, 115 East Carson Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 • Phone: 980.207.3641-old timey diner in an old timey diner carDance Club-
Mythos 300 North College Street , Charlotte (704) 375-8765-Dance club designed by people who had a hand in Studio 54.
South 21 Drive In -Old-fashioned, drive-in  since 1955.  3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205  (704) 377-4509
 Beef ‘N Bottle Steakhouse -Time machine wood paneled steakhouse  4538 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209   (704) 523-9977

Amusement Park

Vintage Clothing-

The Rats Nest-Also, the occasion Rock show

Paramount’s Carowinds: 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273-Phone Number: (704) 588-2600  Very good Paramount owned amusement park.  One of the coasters goes on an interstate trip each circuit.  The phones at each end of the park have different area codes.

Record Stores-

Milestone Records, 1515 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
Manifest Disc and Tape, 6239 S. Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28217

Lunchbox Records -1419A Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205 704-331-0788-lots of instore shows

BBQ King– 2900 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208, 704-399-8344-carolina style minced bbq in vinegar sauce. plus a special fried chicken dipped in bbq sauce and then fried again…..Onion rings and drinks like a cherry lemon sundrop.

Durham, NC/Raleigh, NC

The Local alternative paper for Raleigh/Durham is the Independant.


Eats-Make sure you eat at one of the many locations of the CHAR GRILL or COOK OUT.  At char grill they have delicious gigantic hamburgers and bright red slaw dogs.  You order with a golf pencil and mark off your choices on a card and drop it in a slot. There is no human interaction until you pay.  Also in town, lots of BOJANGLES fried chicken.

More Eats-

The Roast Grill -60 plus year old hot dog joint- 7 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603
Most days 11 am to 4 pm.  Closed Sunday  (919) 832-8292

Live Music-

Duke Coffeehouse – Crowell Building, Epworth Dorm Ln, Durham, NC 27705 til 2 AM
The Brewery-3009 Hillsborough St. Raleigh 919.834.7018-despite its yuppie name, this place gets a lot of great and diverse bands.
Lakeside Lounge-227 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC 27601-sister club to NYC’s East Village bar of the same name. 919.833.6557
The Ritz-2820 Industrial Drive-Raleigh,  NC   27629

Deep South the Bar-430 S Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The Pinhook-117 W Main St  Durham, NC 27701 (919) 667-1100

Kings Barcade-14 W MARTIN ST RALEIGH NC 27601

Motorco Music Hall -Address: 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

The Berkeley Cafe-217 West Martin Street  Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 821-0777

Slims Downtown-Raleigh’s oldest bar, offering a jukebox, pool table, smoking patio and sometimes live music.-227 S Wilmington St  Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 833-6557

Bar-The Green Room-1108 Broad St-Durham, NC 27705  (919) 286-2359-Old Dive bar pool hall.  Kinda fun

Record Store-
Millenium Music, 905 W. Main St. Suite 18, Durham, NC 27701
Schoolkids, 2316-210 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607

Greenville, NC


PLAYER’S RETREAT-pool bar with very rare live music,1631 Pactolus Hwy, Greenville, NC 27834  (252) 758-0006 most days· 11AM–2AM


B’s Barbecue-BBQ take out window with wood-smoked chicken, pork & fried cornbread sticks.-751 Bs Barbecue Road, Greenville, NC 27858  Closed Sunday and Monday

Pop’s Old Fashion Cheeseburgers -1011 S Charles Blvd ,Greenville, NC 27858 (252) 329-0048, burgers, fries, chili dogs, sloppy joes, fried pickles.

Sup Dogs-213 E 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858-hot dogs and burgers, they have a “nacho average burger”  with tortilla chips on it.   Amazing Looking onion rings.

The Scullery-431 Evans St,Greenville, NC 27858 (252) 321-1550 breakfast and brunch place with lots of veggie options including a black bean burger.  Listed here for their pig sandwich.

Greensboro, NC

Eats- Stamey’s Barbecue-2812 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408

Beef-Burger-1040 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403 Retro fast-food drive-in dishing up broiled burgers from an old-school recipe, Shakes, etc. They use the “Whirl-a-burger” technique. Two rotating broiling platforms cook your beef, and then “drip” the fat onto your buns as they toast em.

Record Store-

Center for Better Grooves-1827 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 336.451.8945
Hippo Records ?-2823 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27403
Phone:(336) 420-4871


Live Music-
Touring bands play at the Green Bean, a coffee shop, restaurant bar, 341 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401 (336) 691-9990-shows on myspace.

The Blind Tiger-1819 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27403
Phone:(336) 272-9888

Lexington, NC

Little town loaded with Carolina BBQ


Lexington Barbecue -Barbecue Restaurant- 100 Smokehouse Ln, Lexington, NC 27295
Phone:(336) 249-9814-skip the fries, get the pulled pork, unusual dark “red” slaw, finger sized hush puppies and Onion rings.


Monroe, NC


Duke’s Grill -1114 Concord Ave, Monroe, NC 28110 (704) 283-4960-carolina style cheeseburgers, slaw dogs

Statesville, NC (not far from Winston Salem)

Jay Bee’s-320 Mocksville Highway,Statesville, NC
704-872-8033-This is a little burger/dog shack with something called a prarie dog.  A hot dog with cheese, onions and BBQ sauce.

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Ghost Town in the Sky– Address: 890 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751  Phone Number: (828) 926-1140.  Wild West Themed Park with a couple of coasters, one of which ends with a lift hill because its built on a mountainside.
2003 SEASON! Was supposed to reopen for 2016 but did not.

Salisbury, NC (between Charlotte and Winston Salem)

College Barbecue – 117 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144 (704) 633-9953 most days til 8, with the witch doctor, cherry sprite, cheerwine and dill pickles

Shelby, NC



Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge-2000 E Dixon Blvd,Shelby, NC 28152 (704) 482-8567-Amazing sign and restaurant. Great chopped BBQ, “red slaw”, Skinny hush puppies and amazing fries. Rings are tempura style that I am not a fan of. Also try Mama B’s pimento cheese


Siler City, NC (Near Greensboro)


Eats-Johnson’s Drive-In-Restaurant with perfect burgers and chili slaw dogs since 1946.  They use Velveeta!  1520 E 11th St, Siler City, NC 27344

Wilmington, NC 

Reggies 42nd Street-1415 S 42nd St, Wilmington, North Carolina (910) 799-6465The
Calico Room ?-Address: 107 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Record Stores-
CD Alley, 8 Market St.,Wilmington, NC 28401
Manifest Disc and Tape, 4314 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28403
Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue-920 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 799-1581 Non chain good bbq. Get pulled pork, not ribs, good looking fried chicken and okra, “country fries” that are steakhouse and sprinkled with seasoning, black eyed peas, hushpuppies and cornsticks.
Winston-Salem, NC
Near the corner of Peachtree and Sprague Streets you will find one of the original 8 Shell stations designed to look like the clamshell logo.  Now a preservation office, it is definately worth a look

Bibs BBQ-675 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-BbQ egg rolls, Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and the regional specialties. Multiple locations.  Also have Smoked Meatloaf, which a few local joints have.  Closed Sunday.
Skippy’s-624 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-Hot Dogs served on Pretzel buns! Closed Sunday
Kermit’s Hot Dog House -2220 Thomasville Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
(336) 788-9945 Hot Dogs and Pimento Cheese Sandwiches. Open 50 years.
PB’s Takeout-1412 South Hawthorne Road , Winston Salem, NC 27103 More tasty chili dogs!
Mary’s Gourmet Diner – 723 Trade St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 723-7239
Prissy Polly’s BBQ -729 NC-66, Kernersville, NC 27284(336) 993-5045 closed Sunday 
Slappy’s Chicken-200 W Acadia Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27127 (336) 761-0268 Fried chicken dipped in sweet hot sauce or dipped in a vinegar sauce.  Unique!
Live Music-Test Pattern -701 Trade St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 955-1888
The Garage-110 W 7th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone:(336) 777-1127

Chapel Hill Clubs
Triangle Rock NC clubs

Waynesville, NC



Ammons’ Drive Inn & Dairy Bar- 1451 Dellwood Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: (828) 926-0734-Chili Dogs and Ice cream, Pork BBQ, Fried Seafood, Baked goods including cheesecake and cobbler.


Wilson, NC



Dick’s Hot Dog Stand -Since 1921- 1500 Nash St N, Wilson, NC 27893 Closed Monday, Lunch only on Saturday Most days 10AM–8PM
Phone: (252) 243-6313


postcard from Topsail Island, NC 1965