...saying that labor costs can be held down by not having it cooked slowly over a wood fire by a sullen man with a squint was like saying that a symphony orchestra would be cheaper without the violins.
Smoke Daddy's Review of (The Original) Parkers Barbecue
Very good eastern NC history and tradition here. My favorites were the brunswick stew and unique cole slaw. Pork is good. I hear the fried chicken is excellent, and might have to try that next time.
- Pork - Shredded fine (buffalo chopper), and feels a bit mushy after others we've tried today. Good clean pork flavors here, with less smoke than others we've seen in eastern NC.
- Brunswick Stew - Very Good. Tasty & thick... similar in composition to Stephenson's. I really like this stuff!
- Slaw - Yellow. Mustard + vinegar with something extra... maybe dill or caraway seed? Different but very good. Has a bit of spice on the finish. One-of-a-kind.
- Hush Puppies - Baked, then fried? That might explain some of the chewiness. Good, sweet cornbread on the inside.
- Corn sticks - Maybe an acquired taste? Too chewy to be enjoyable.
- Long, low, white building... been here since 1946
- Many cars in the lot, but this place is nowhere near capacity... thiey can obviously pack 'em in!
- Many servers in white hats waiting to help us, and the food comes out lickety-split
- Smokehouse looks to be in a separate building, and the joint starts to get busy with the dinner rush... so no pit tour this time (Plus Salamander is on the phone trying to navigate/guide Rebecca to the restaurant).