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Lenoir, NC

#1 Nov 2, 2013
What is your favorite local cafe/ restaurant and why? What do you suggest on the menu? Looking for non commercial / mom and pop type of local flair.
Thanks
Local

Lenoir, NC

#2 Nov 2, 2013
First off, don't listen to the Lenoir News Topic "Best of Caldwell" list. That list is an utter joke, and everyone knows it.

Best fast food: Cookout

Best Pizza: Piccolo's

Best burger: Al's Diner (Granite Falls)

Best sub: Go to Hickory to Sub Station II. Firehouse in Lenoir is ok. Nothing special

Best Mexican: Azteca Burrito. It's the only really authentic Mexican in town. Everything else is mediocre.

Best Chinese: There's no really good Chinese in the area... but No. 1 Chinese next to subway and Rue 21 is passable.

Best Japanese: Nara. It's not amazing, but it's pretty good.
You cannot get good sushi in Lenoir. Period.

Best BBQ: I hate to give Hannah's any publicity, because the conditions in that restaurant are abysmal, but unfortunately their bbq does taste the best. Just eat it at your own risk.

Best overall restaurant: 1841 Cafe. That place is absolutely wonderful. Their hummus is to die for. Be sure to get some for an appetizer if you go. Wine Cellar Bistro is also excellent, and just right across the street.

There you go. Lived here 25 years.
Sly

Lenoir, NC

#3 Nov 3, 2013
Local wrote:
First off, don't listen to the Lenoir News Topic "Best of Caldwell" list. That list is an utter joke, and everyone knows it.

Best BBQ: I hate to give Hannah's any publicity, because the conditions in that restaurant are abysmal, but unfortunately their bbq does taste the best. Just eat it at your own risk.

There you go. Lived here 25 years.
I agree with most of your list but I have to take exception to the Best BBQ. In my opinion Hannah's serves extremely mediocre BBQ. I go there from time to time for a quick lunch and I've always thought of it as the lowball fastfood of bbq. Nothing special but it'll do.

To those of you who aren't familiar with Smoking Hogs BBQ I highly recommend giving them a try. For my money they have the best BBQ in the county. Period. The only downside is they're only a drive through place and not a sit down restaurant. If they would get a bigger place and have seating I'm convinced most people would go there in droves.

It's located across from the county school bus garage on highway 18 near Hibriten High School only a mile or so from Hannah's. Go give them a try and you'll see for yourself what great BBQ really is. Here's a link to their website http://www.smokin-hogs.com/

For years I often drove right past Hannah's to go up to Blowing Rock to get BBQ at Woodlands. They have fantastic BBQ too but since we've been lucky enough to have Smoking Hogs here I no longer make that trip now that we have fantastic BBQ right here.

And yes... That News Topic "Best Of" really is a joke.

Lived here 50 years.
Local

Mooresville, NC

#4 Nov 3, 2013
I believe this year they listen Pizza Hut as best pizza. Just... pointing that out.
Jeanette

Lenoir, NC

#5 Nov 3, 2013
Hog Wild BBQ in Baton is easily the best BBQ. I agree with Piccolos as best Pizza. Their chicken Alfredo pizza is unique and very good. Vintage Cafe and Donnas cafe in Hudson are good country diners.
Jeanette

Lenoir, NC

#6 Nov 3, 2013
I like your recommendations. I will have to try 1841 and Wine Cellar. What is the problem with Hannah's?
also new here

Lenoir, NC

#7 Nov 4, 2013
There is a nice place on Harper..open for lunch.Located in an old house called Krishall's. http://www.menupix.com/northcarolina/restaura...
seriously

Lenoir, NC

#8 Nov 4, 2013
BBQ - 1.Hog Wild (Hudson area - eastern vinegar based) 2.Smokin Hogs
Chinese - China Garden (BY FAR)(behind Alltel in Lenoir)
Mexican - Mi Carreta (across from Lowes Hardware)
Pizza/Italian - 1. Piccolos/Giovannis (toss up depending on what you are getting)
Japanese - Fuji No. 1,(Hudson beside Certus? Bank)
Burger/greesy spoon - Icee Freeze (Lenoir on Morganton Blvd)

Lunch sandwich -**Vintage café**(Hudson)- get potato soup and half roast beef sandwich (verrrry good)

born and raised here
Wondering

United States

#9 Nov 4, 2013
also new here wrote:
There is a nice place on Harper..open for lunch.Located in an old house called Krishall's. http://www.menupix.com/northcarolina/restaura...
Is Krishall's still open....their website is down.
Thanks....have a great ....day!
also new here

Lenoir, NC

#10 Nov 5, 2013
Haven't been there since summer. I hope still open and I would bet it is. It is run by senior older people..they may not be very internet/web savvy.I would just call their number
oldfriend

Phenix City, AL

#11 Nov 5, 2013
Mcdonalds of course. the dollar menu. best cheap date place to eat
Seriously

Lenoir, NC

#12 Nov 5, 2013
Just heard Giovanni's is closing. That stinks so piccolos would be the Italian pick
Electra

United States

#13 Nov 6, 2013
For pizza, salads, soups spaghetti, Greek food,Moginos is great.By far.
Electra

United States

#14 Nov 6, 2013
Seriously wrote:
Just heard Giovanni's is closing. That stinks so piccolos would be the Italian pick
Last time I was there, took over an hour to get a salad.Never went back, the pizza wasn't bad.
Tex

United States

#15 Nov 6, 2013
Eastern bbq is such a waste of time.Vinegar based.Lordy.
love BBQ

Lenoir, NC

#16 Nov 6, 2013
Tex wrote:
Eastern bbq is such a waste of time.Vinegar based.Lordy.
Well that's the thing with opinions, everyone probably has one. I prefer Eastern and in my opinion is the only true BBQ based on its roots here in the American colonies as a poor slave food. In SC mustard based is widely popular especially the further you go towards the swamps and coast, not my cup of tea but its tasty. I have always said if you know how to cook meat then you dont need some overpowering tomato based sauce like what is popular here and down towards Texas, popular there because of the huge Hispanic influence and their heavy use of tomatoes and sauce on everything. I like vinegar sauce on well cooked BBQ as it is not overpowering and adds a little kick, tomato based BBQ sauce is intended to mask poor meat, if I wanted that I would eat a bologna and tomato sandwich. Dry rubs are also some of my favorites as well for the same reason but you cant find that here to my knowledge.

As far as Hannahs BBQ goes, they are ok especially for around here. They actually won some awards several years back for their fare but I think their specialty years ago was their Brunswick Stew, dont know what its like now as I haven't had any in years. If anyone wants some really good BBQ in my opinion you need to head down to Lexington NC area, pick about any greasy looking BBQ joint and eat there. I think its part of the DNA of people there to know how to make BBQ.
seriously

Lenoir, NC

#17 Nov 6, 2013
love BBQ wrote:
<quoted text>Well that's the thing with opinions, everyone probably has one. I prefer Eastern and in my opinion is the only true BBQ based on its roots here in the American colonies as a poor slave food. In SC mustard based is widely popular especially the further you go towards the swamps and coast, not my cup of tea but its tasty. I have always said if you know how to cook meat then you dont need some overpowering tomato based sauce like what is popular here and down towards Texas, popular there because of the huge Hispanic influence and their heavy use of tomatoes and sauce on everything. I like vinegar sauce on well cooked BBQ as it is not overpowering and adds a little kick, tomato based BBQ sauce is intended to mask poor meat, if I wanted that I would eat a bologna and tomato sandwich. Dry rubs are also some of my favorites as well for the same reason but you cant find that here to my knowledge.
As far as Hannahs BBQ goes, they are ok especially for around here. They actually won some awards several years back for their fare but I think their specialty years ago was their Brunswick Stew, dont know what its like now as I haven't had any in years. If anyone wants some really good BBQ in my opinion you need to head down to Lexington NC area, pick about any greasy looking BBQ joint and eat there. I think its part of the DNA of people there to know how to make BBQ.
Absolutely agree with vinegar based and dry rubs. Some of the best I have ever ate was in St Louis and was a dry rub. Several years ago.
About Lexington, I went to their BBQ festival recently and was extremely disappointed. I was looking forward to BBQ but it seemed that they took BBQ from a lot of different places (including woodlands - which I am not very fond of) and mixed it at their many BBQ tents. We go a sandwich with BBQ and slaw. I guess its all about in and out with people there. I didn't get to go to a "sit down" but will next time.
love BBQ

Lenoir, NC

#18 Nov 6, 2013
seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
Absolutely agree with vinegar based and dry rubs. Some of the best I have ever ate was in St Louis and was a dry rub. Several years ago.
About Lexington, I went to their BBQ festival recently and was extremely disappointed. I was looking forward to BBQ but it seemed that they took BBQ from a lot of different places (including woodlands - which I am not very fond of) and mixed it at their many BBQ tents. We go a sandwich with BBQ and slaw. I guess its all about in and out with people there. I didn't get to go to a "sit down" but will next time.
That sucks about the BBQ festival, I have had good experiences down there in the past but mostly just going at random times as I passed through and eating while I was there. They may have had an off year or got overwhelmed while you were there. Same here about Woodlands, I've never been impressed with them, I think their draw is mostly about atmosphere (live entertainment and decor for tourists) and cold beer to wash down the mediocre BBQ . I am with you about St. Louis and their BBQ, some of the best in the world IMO. That town blows away any place on some dry rub BBQ. Take their ribs for example, I had grown to hate BBQ ribs around here and after I ate some in St. Louis I hated them here even more lol. Completely dry of any kind of sauce but the flavor just explodes when you eat them plus no messy fingers lol.
love BBQ

Lenoir, NC

#19 Nov 6, 2013
seriously wrote:
BBQ - 1.Hog Wild (Hudson area - eastern vinegar based) 2.Smokin Hogs
Chinese - China Garden (BY FAR)(behind Alltel in Lenoir)
Mexican - Mi Carreta (across from Lowes Hardware)
Pizza/Italian - 1. Piccolos/Giovannis (toss up depending on what you are getting)
Japanese - Fuji No. 1,(Hudson beside Certus? Bank)
Burger/greesy spoon - Icee Freeze (Lenoir on Morganton Blvd)
Lunch sandwich -**Vintage café**(Hudson)- get potato soup and half roast beef sandwich (verrrry good)
born and raised here
Seen this post by you and liked what I seen here too.

As for the Chinese I agree with that as well, I like the one next to cook out pretty good too, they have really good sweat tea.

Japanese- I haven't ate at fuji in Hudson in a while but it was really good as I remember. The place next to Burger King/Shoneys in Lenoir is good for my taste and close to me.

You really hit the nail on the head with the Mexican place across form Lowes in Lenoir. It is IMO the best Mexican by far in the area. They have some real authentic food. I dont know what the draw is to Ponchos but they cant touch Mi Carreta.

Burger joint is probably Icey Freeze, I just get aggravated that they dont take depit/credit so I only stop when I have cash on hand. They have great Ice Cream and shakes by far. I have really been impressed so far with The Little Red Pig in the old checkers. They are a local business and have some good burgers, chicken etc etc plus a good price (Onion rings are awesome). If I want a burger I go to one of the aforementioned places instead of the chain fast food places.

As for Italian I love Piccolos and they cant be beat for pizza and pasta. I love their meatball subs when I want a sub. The one thing I like about them is they give you a lot of food like any good Italian joint up north does, you can eat leftovers the next day.

I haven't ate at the Vintage Cafe but I have heard nothing but good about them. That dish sounds awesome for lunch.

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#20 Nov 6, 2013
love BBQ wrote:
<quoted text>Well that's the thing with opinions, everyone probably has one. I prefer Eastern and in my opinion is the only true BBQ based on its roots here in the American colonies as a poor slave food. In SC mustard based is widely popular especially the further you go towards the swamps and coast, not my cup of tea but its tasty. I have always said if you know how to cook meat then you dont need some overpowering tomato based sauce like what is popular here and down towards Texas, popular there because of the huge Hispanic influence and their heavy use of tomatoes and sauce on everything. I like vinegar sauce on well cooked BBQ as it is not overpowering and adds a little kick, tomato based BBQ sauce is intended to mask poor meat, if I wanted that I would eat a bologna and tomato sandwich. Dry rubs are also some of my favorites as well for the same reason but you cant find that here to my knowledge.
As far as Hannahs BBQ goes, they are ok especially for around here. They actually won some awards several years back for their fare but I think their specialty years ago was their Brunswick Stew, dont know what its like now as I haven't had any in years. If anyone wants some really good BBQ in my opinion you need to head down to Lexington NC area, pick about any greasy looking BBQ joint and eat there. I think its part of the DNA of people there to know how to make BBQ.
I just can't get used to this bbq here.And livermush! Aaaahh!

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