What it is: Anyway, in this BBQ quest, my husband and I were reading that Lexington was the BBQ capital of this area, so we decided to go on a little road trip to check it out. (They even have an annual BBQ festival in October.) Lexington is located off of I-85 between here and Charlotte so it can be a great stop when headed to or from the Queen City. We have headed to Charlotte several times to check out Discovery Place, Great Wolf Lodge, and the NC Whitewater Center, so there are plenty of reasons to be making the trip.
Lexington Barbecue was mentioned frequently online as the place to stop in Lexington for great barbecue, so that was our stop. It is not far off the freeway and easily visible with its huge smokers and billboard sized sign. We stopped by for a very late lunch around 2pm on a Saturday and the parking lot was still packed. It is one of those stops where you just wait in line and they seat you when they have space. The line was out the door, but we were seated in no time.
The menu included BBQ basics, and my husband's favorite-Cheerwine. I ordered the BBQ sandwich and beans and my husband tried the plate with cole slaw. The kiddos sampled the hot dogs, and of course, we ordered the hush puppies. My husband actually got them as a side from his meal, and they were still unlimited, so we could have them refilled as many times as we wanted.
It was a down home restaurant and the feel was completely different to what we found at The Pit in Durham, but the food was delicious. I especially liked the barbecue/cole slaw combination. Plus, it was definitely a bargain.
What we liked: It was delicious BBQ for a great price. Now, we have a delicious stop in between here and Charlotte whenever we're headed down for a fun day or weekend trip with the family. Oh, and it's actually only 3 miles from Childress Vineyards which is also a fun stop, but you might save that one for when you're kid free.
What we would change: Of course, Lexington is a bit too far away for an everyday stop. But if you're headed that way it's a good stop. Oh, and they're closed on Sunday, so if you're driving by then, you're out of luck.
Website and other important information:
Address: 101 West Center Street Extension, Lexington, NC 27295
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-9:30pm (closed Sunday)
(the sign as you come in to the restaurant)
(Mmmmm...pulled pork, fries, beans, cole slaw, and hush puppies)