Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ole NC BBQ - Roxboro Road, Durham

I can't remember where I read that this place had decent barbecue, but since we were in search of a quick warm meal the other night, we decided to give it a try. They are located in a very nice old hollowed-out house of sorts and definitely have the nicest atmosphere of any BBQ joint I've ever been in. On this Saturday night they had an enormous buffet featuring carving stations and meats and veggies galore.

We ordered take-out on the spot and didn't have to wait long. I ordered the small BBQ plate. It came with my choice of two vegetables (sides) and 4 big, light and crispy hushpuppies. I opted for turnip greens and green beans, though I was very tempted to get the mac and cheese or mashed potatoes. All this food for only $5.79 seemed like a steal! I was excited to get home and dive in.

Sadly the hushpuppies were indeed the best part of the meal. Everything else was cooked to death and sitting in 1/4 inch of liquid. The BBQ was the least edible. It was incredibly salty, and lacked any flavor or texture. It was extremely mushy. The only thing I can think to compare it to is maybe high school cafeteria BBQ, but actually, ours was even more edible then this. The green beans were straight out of a can, as were the turnip greens. Both lacked any distinguishable flavor or color.

My hubby ordered the fried chicken and barbeque combo and was relatively pleased with the chicken. He felt the same about the rest of his meal though. I'm not sure we'll go back, but if we do, I'd like to try the chicken. It's hard to beat the amount of food for the money. Perhaps I'll go the next time I've got a cold and can't taste anything ;)

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Melanie Busbee said...

Sounds like a painful experience. Jed and I once had a very painful experience with Old NC BBQ as well. Back in 2005, we had booked them as our wedding reception caterer at least 6 months in advance. They call us 3 weeks before the wedding to cancel. Luckily no money was lost on the deal...and it sounds like the food wouldn't have been any good anyway. SO maybe it was a blessing in disguise. Sorry you had a crap dinner.

HoneyB said...

Oh that is too bad. At least you didn't spend too much! It is so disappointing when that happens.

aburtch said...

I'm so glad you posted this. As a huge BBQ fan I had that place on my list to try out. Now I'll be sure to take it off my list!

Jeni said...

I thing it was a blessing in disguise. The place itself is nice, but the food was disappointing. I really wanted to like it because of the location and the hushpuppies were really good.

I suggest Allen & Son (on Millhouse in Chapel Hill) or the Q-Shack if you're a BBQ fan.

Pam said...

I hate it when I try a new place and dislike the food.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love bbq! Down here in Texas it's hard to find a spot.

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