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I love food and I love good barbecue. However, I have been informed on several occasions that since I have never visited the "South", it is not possible that I have ever had Real Southern Barbecue™, which, I understand, is the best barbecue. Well, I happen to be flying to Charlotte, NC next week, which, I am told, is in the "South" and I would like to experience this Real Southern Barbecue™. Unfortunately, being unfamiliar with the area, I have no idea where to find Real Southern Barbecue™ in or around Charlotte.

And so I come to you, the great collective minds of fans of the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers being located in Charlotte, I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. I will be arriving Sunday evening (I was unable to get a flight early enough to catch the game, unfortunately--Go Panthers! Beat the Bears!), and that will pretty much be my only time in Charlotte as I must drive North into Virginia (near Wytheville) for a business meeting the following day. I have looked around the internet for information, but the most recommended restaurants are closed Sunday and Monday (as an aside, why Monday?)

TL;DR: I am looking for a good representation of Real Southern Barbecue™ in or around Charlotte for Sunday evening, and/or Wytheville, VA for Monday evening. Any suggestions?

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I hear Ranuccis is teh bestest...

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Yep, everybody says Ranucci's is awesome but I've never had it. If u were coming to Wilmington I could hook u up.

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Uh oh...

Hey nc, you do know they were looking for food, right? I don't think it's code for bewbies....this time. :D

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I got family in Wytheville, so you might want to try their house.

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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I wonder if posting this in The Lounge or elsewhere might get more attention.... I should have thought of that before.

I hear Ranuccis is teh bestest...

I see they do catering. By chance is there a restaurant as well? After a brief search, I was unable to find one.

Yep, everybody says Ranucci's is awesome but I've never had it. If u were coming to Wilmington I could hook u up.

Hmm. Wilmington appears to be a little out of the way.... (-:,`

Uh oh...

Hey nc, you do know they were looking for food, right? I don't think it's code for bewbies....this time. :D

Hold on, now. Just because I'm currently looking for food doesn't mean I'd turn down some nice bewbies. I need food to live, but I need breasts to live. (-:,`

I got family in Wytheville, so you might want to try their house.

Heh.

*knock-knock* "Hi. Some stranger on the internet said I should come by and you would feed me. So... when's dinner?"

I have heard good things about Southern Hospitality, but I'm not really comfortable doing that. Though, as is usually the case with most cooking, I am sure that the best barbecue is made at home.

Always had good food here

http://www.outlawbbqshack.com/

In Matthews, NC Pretty much in Charlotte

Hmm. It does look good, but it says they're closed on Sunday and Monday. (Seriously, why is everything closed on Monday? That seems so odd to me.) The Monroe location is open for lunch on Sunday, but that's after I land. That's too bad. $10 for the buffet sounds like a good deal, if their food is that good.

I have heard good things about BBQ King (Closed Sunday-Monday), South 21 Drive-In (Closed Sunday-Monday), Dish (Closed Sunday), and The Penguin (I don't know operating hours--perhaps I should call). What about Copal Grill or the Carolina Family Restaurant? They are close to the airport, and therefore convenient if they are open, but I don't know about the quality of their food, and it looks like they don't really specialize in barbecue, they just happen to have it on the menu.

I fly out of Charlotte at noon on Tuesday, so that doesn't leave me any time for lunch that day. It will be quite frustrating if I spend two days in the South and still not have the opportunity to try good barbecue while I am there.:(

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Uh oh...

Hey nc, you do know they were looking for food, right? I don't think it's code for bewbies....this time. :D

I thought that one of the B's in BBQ stood for Bewbies??? Who knew?

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Not sure how much "free" time you will have while you are in town but if you really want the best of North Carolina take a trip I85 to Lexington, NC.

BBQ is a hobby for those people, they even have the BBQ festival where they shut Downtown off and have nothing but stand after stand of different BBQ's. They say its some of the best BBQ in America

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I really dig Ranucci's work. Top flight pitmaster for sure.

BUT

What HPPantherzfan says is the truth.

Not sure how much "free" time you will have while you are in town but if you really want the best of North Carolina take a trip I85 to Lexington, NC.

BBQ is a hobby for those people, they even have the BBQ festival where they shut Downtown off and have nothing but stand after stand of different BBQ's. They say its some of the best BBQ in America

If you are visiting the area and want to know what real NC BBQ is all about take the trip up 85. It will not be a waste of your time.

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Lexington blows anything you'll find in Charlotte away. This is true.

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Lexington doesn't look too far out of my way. I'll have to see if I can get there for lunch and still make my appointment in Virginia.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

:cheers2:

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