Dining

Ground Steak Sandwich

Ever Hear of a Ground-Steak Sandwich?

It sounds like a burger or a sloppy joe — but it’s not quite either. What it is, and why you’ll have to drive to Mount Airy to eat one.
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Stephenson's Barbecue

Stephenson’s Barbecue

If a hog isn’t pit-cooked, it isn’t barbecue. That’s Andy Stephenson’s belief. He says his father wouldn’t have had it any other way.
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Midwood Smokehouse

Midwood Smokehouse

For traditional N.C. barbecue, Charlotte isn’t your best bet. One man knows why, and he hopes to change that.
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Durham's Bakery District

Durham’s Bakery District

Where to find the city’s best breads, pies, and doughnuts.
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Jack Cobb and Son

Jack Cobb & Son Barbecue

How a father-and-son business brought pit-cooked barbecue — and unity — to one eastern North Carolina town.
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Josh Bailey and Stephen Steidle

Eating Asheville Food Tour

Foodies embark on culinary journeys through the city’s booming dining scene and discover why this mountain city has earned a national reputation for its distinctly Asheville take on cuisine.
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C&H Oyster Bar

C&H Oyster Bar in Elizabeth City

Leave it to the experts at this Elizabeth City oyster bar, where every October the usual crowd returns hungry for meaty mollusks.
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Hunnicutts Biscuits

Memaw’s Biscuits at the N.C. State Fair

Forget those deep-fried sideshows, these scratch-made biscuits are the State Fair’s main attraction.
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Pork ribeye at Bistro Roca

The Height of High Country Cooking

Mountain chefs are at the top of their game at four restaurants in Boone, Blowing Rock, & Valle Crucis.
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Speedy's Barbecue

Speedy’s Barbecue

In Lexington, the city’s namesake-style barbecue — pork shoulder meat dipped in a tomato-based sauce — draws devotees to this former drive-in.
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