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Best and worst on the Outer Banks

I grew up in Nags Head and my parents and some family are still there. I was gonna go all local expert on your a%# but honestly, I couldn't have done better (and no doubt would have done a lot worse) than SweetPhyl. That rundown is perfect.

Oops . . .cept I would mention the Nags Head Fishing Pier for breakfast. Not so much for the food (it's ok - i always get the em special with bacon) but the view is AWESOME.

Sep 17, 2007
happypig in Southeast

Bill Spoon (BBQ in Charlotte) dies

our family is from eastern nc and we couldn't believe our good fortune at finding Bill Spoon's place. actually my dad discovered the place for us. y'all may have picked up on the boards here that for some reason, Charlotte as a city never really got cue right. Mr. Spoon did what he could to change that. His place is like an oasis in a barren land.

Couple of quick memories - many people have seen this . . . . Mr. Spoon was very generous with change. he'd round in your favor a lot and he always was so friendly to people as they cashed out their bills. Another memory - he didn't know me well (my dad ate their several times a week but i only got over there on the occasional vacation day since for years he wasn't open on Saturdays - thankfully that has changed.). As I talked with Mr. Spoon after cashing out i told him how much my dad loved his place. Dad was going through cancer treatments then and wasn't able to travel around town like he had been doing. Mr. Spoon told me to "hold tight" and within a couple of minutes brought out a bag (actually a couple of pounds) of his great bbq for my dad. It was a wonderful gift. My dad lit up when i gave it to him later that day. Mr. Spoon had a way of making people happy. His family will continue to do the man very proud i am sure. This news is so sad.

Shortcut BBQ Brisket

Punko - I tried the Cooks Illustrated recipe recently. Served it to my Texas in-laws. They humored me like you would a 4 year old serving up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Nothing rude was said but I could tell it just won't up to snuff. That being said it's likely the easiest and best "quick" brisket recipe around. It's not bad, just don't serve it to Texans.

Sep 17, 2007
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