University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The outside décor includes two large pig sculptures, as well as a “grit tree” near the parking lot. The interior is basic “country”—wood paneling, linoleum floors, acoustic tiles on the ceiling (with extra acoustic panels to dampen the noise in the spacious dining room). Pictures and posters about events and locations important in North Carolina history ring the room. The restaurant is on the outskirts of Charlotte, just off one of the main interstates through town (I-77), between Uptown Charlotte and Lake Norman. The BBQ served here is determinedly traditional eastern NC BBQ. The meat is pulled/shredded pork, and what we ordered arrived juicy and well-spiced even before we put our sauce of choice on it. If you order a plate, you get a pile of meat with your sides (and endless hush puppies), not meat on a bun (if you want that, order a sandwich, not the lunch special). One taster ordered the chicken and dumplings rather than the BBQ plate, and that was delicious.
400 Sunset Road, Charlotte NC 28216
Outdoor Seating Feature:
Parking lot just to the side, plenty of spaces during the lunch rush.
$$ (most entrees $5-$10)
Type of BBQ (meat)
Pork Chicken Fried Fish, Fried Chicken
Not really, don't come hungry if you're a veggie-only person
No veggie entrees, but many sides.
Type of Sauce
Tomato-based Vinegar-based Vinegar-based (Eastern NC style) sauce, also had a tomato-based sauce available on the tables, and hot sauce
Soft drinks only
Slaw Hushpuppies; Eastern NC Style Slaw