The Little Pig (Rawlings Barbecue) restaurant is a 75-year legend and a local favorite I stumbled upon during a road trip to New York. I came home to find out more information on the web, because landmarks like this are hard to find in small towns, but always a treasure.
"Since 1932" reads the sign. And the current owner, Alton Rawlings (who's 72) is the son of the original owners Lee and Bernice Rawlings who started the business during the depression when Lee was laid off from his railroad job. His recipe for barbecue was from a friend in North Carolina, and having lived myself in North Carolina for about 20 years, I can attest to the fact that they're doing a pretty good job.
The sauce (not a traditional North Carolina recipe) is a sweet mustard based sauce which reminded me of the famous Maurice's Bar-B-Q in Columbia, SC. The meat was excellent and moist. The bun was soft, and didn't really hold up to the meat.
Seating is picnic style on table benches outside under a metal awning-- which was a welcomed respite in the sweltering June heat. You order at the window and have a seat. Southern folks like to say hello and visit, and it appeared to me that people from every background, persuasion and ethnic group seemed to know each other-- they must be the regulars.
There's also hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, shakes and more on the menu. My friend had the barbecue and gave me a bite. I had a Fried Bologna sandwich -- if you've never had one, this one is really good! I like mine a bit more crispy done, but it was great to find it on the menu. A real treat.
We ordered just about all the sides to have a taste. The potato salad and cole slaw tasted fresh and homemade, but the baked beans were not spectacular-- I guess there's always room for improvement, even after 75 years.
There's a sit down barbecue restaurant next door, but this was a true historic roadside experience I will remember for a long time. The town is sadly in need of historic preservation, but the architecture and quaint old homes are stunning even in their current state. I love little towns.
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