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Mom & Pop Restaurants

The Hen and The Hog Restaurant in Halifax, NC, is a wonderful surprise. I love to explore local gems and this one is perfect. The restaurant is located in an old hardware store and the old floors remain - no trendy marble tiles here. But don’t be fooled - this is an upscale place; it just… Read More

Bill’s Hot Dogs – Eastern NC’s Best Hot Dog

Bill's Hot Dogs in Washington, NC is an institution It doesn’t matter if you like hot dogs or not -- you just have to eat a Bill's hot dog if you are in Washington, North Carolina. Bill's has been open as a hot dog “stand” since 1928 and it hasn’t changed much; not that I… Read More

North Carolina Road Food – Mom and Pop Diners

Remember the Mom and Pop restaurants that were in every town? Well, we still have 'em here in eastern North Carolina. Take a ride with me to find the best local food east of Raleigh. I'm delighted to premiere the latest Big Mill B&B video: We've featured the 10 "must see" spots for off-the-beaten path diners and dives throughout Eastern… Read More

Skylight Inn – Legendary Pulled Pork Barbecue

You can smell the vinegar & red pepper before you enter the door of the Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina Since 1947, Pete Jones and family have been serving this tasty eastern North Carolina style barbecue (always pork) to locals and folks who are willing to travel long distances. They cook whole hogs, over… Read More

Bunn’s Barbecue – Great “Road Food”

For great pork barbecue in eastern North Carolina, Bunn's Barbecue in Windsor has to be on your short list. Driving up, you might wonder if this really is a restaurant.  There's a Texaco pump out front - that's because before 1938, Bunn's was a service station. Inside, old signs hang on the walls, but the… Read More

Sunnyside Oyster Bar in Eastern North Carolina

If you like oysters, you cannot miss a trip to the Sunnyside Oyster Bar in Williamston, North Carolina. It is one of the few authentic raw bars in the country. OPENS for the Season September, 2017, closes in April, 2017 till the following September. Sunnyside is an eastern North Carolina tradition and folks from all over the country… Read More

Cypress Grill on the Roanoke River

The Cypress Grill is a place you just don't want to miss; even if you don't like fish. Sitting precariously on the banks of the Roanoke River in eastern North Carolina, it has welcomed diners for over fifty years. Michael Stern, who does the Road Food column on National Public Radio calls it "the last of… Read More