10 US Highway 29 70 S
Lexington, NC 27295
Bill sometimes loses sight of the wisdom of the Romans. De gustibus non est disputandum (Tr: "Order what you want to, then"). In an ecumenical spirit, I herewith publish this blog's first full-blown review by a guest, submitted by my good buddy Fred Schauer.
Though a Virginian, Fred is fond of barbecue North Carolina style, with coleslaw and all that.
I steered Fred to Lexington Barbecue because my good lady wife, Ann, who hails from Salisbury, holds that it is North Carolina's finest.
Fred, maybe even now, holds that the finest North Carolina style barbecue is not to be found in North Carolina but in Williamsburg, Virginia, at Pierce's Pitt [sic] Bar BQ [sic also]. I too am fond of Lexington Barbecue because I find the meat delicious and the coleslaw on top no more trouble to cast aside than the shell underneath an oyster. Fred and his fellow traveler Bobbie Spellman write:
Busy on a Saturday noon, but very efficient and friendly service. The barbecue is total North Carolina style -- wet, sweet, and vinegary, and light in color, with no browning on the meat at all. The barbecue is a bit vinegary for my taste, and the cole slaw a bit sweet (and nothing at all like supermarket or New York cole slaw), but the two together make a wonderful flavor.
Definitely get the standard chopped pork - the rough chopped is in chunks, and not quite tender enough for that size piece, and I assume the same for the sliced. But the regular chopped (it is chopped and not pulled) has just the right texture. And the hush puppies were excellent -- not at all greasy or oily, and a nice crust. Because it's not near anything (just a nondescript pretty large modern building on the side of the road), the locals seem to view it as a destination, and a good destination it is, if North Carolina barbecue is what you like.
Definitely worth a stop, even if not worth a journey.
Bottom line: worth a detour, which is what it was for Fred and Bobbie. A tip of the hat to them.