Thursday, December 22, 2005

Acceptable - Lewis Barbecue (Morrisville), Now South House Cafe

This was another branch of the Lewis chain of low key barbecue places. I had the ribs with stew, yams and huch puppies. The ribs were fattier than I like and the sides weren't as good as the other Lewis ( on 55 south of 54 ). They do not served sliced pork, only barbecue. All in all, this place was low end of acceptable.

The building used to house one of the 1910 Diner's, which were pretty good lunch places. These were run by a father and son. When the father retired, they closed the one on NC 55, which became China One. Eventually the son sold the one on old Aviation Parkway. The new owners kept the name, but changed the menu entirely, which was a complete letdown. The building has been vacant for a while and now is a Lewis. The 1910 Diner had a barbecue chicken sandwich, which was a grilled patty covered in a barbecue sauce. It was pretty good, if no relation to NC barbecue.

UPDATE: This Lewis has been sold and renamed to South House Cafe. A review is forthcoming.

News - Lewis BBQ, Durham, now A.W.s BBQ Pit

Lewis BBQ has been sold and renamed A.W.s BBQ Pit. The barbecue cook has stayed on and they have added beef ribs.

A re-review is forthcoming.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Acceptable - Bon's BBQ, Carrboro (Now reborn as Bon's Home Cooking)

Bon's has good Southern roots. The owner is the daughter of Mama Dip.

The original restaurant was a storefront in a strip mall in Carrboro. The place was neat, with framed family pictures covering several walls.

The food was acceptable. At lunch, there were four medium sized hushpuppies for a single. Fairly good, but not the heaps that I get elsewhere. The bbq sandwich was okay, with no real spiciness or negative tones. The sides were mundane.

UPDATE - After closing for some months, Bon's is reborn as Bon's Home Cookin in University Square on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill NC. A review is forthcoming.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Murray's BBQ & Seafood is no more

I'd heard that Murray's had closed, but it wasn't clear which one, so I drove by Murray's BBQ & Seafood on Old Poole Road to check. On the door is a hand written sign that says "Out of Business". This is too bad, since it was one of my favorite red-neck barbecue places. Thanks to Richard, details in this News and Observer article.

Now if Don Murray's on Capital were to close, no tears would be shed.