I just joined TA after years of reading. I'm going to review the restaurants we experienced this trip. This is my first review.
We went to Carolina Smokehouse over 4th of July weekend. We enjoyed it so much we went back again several time during our trip. The place was hoppin'!
We tried a variety of menu items: ribs plate, chicken plate, bbq beef and pork, the "smoky burger" hamburger, and the peach cobbler. All delicious! The ribs were meaty and flavorful and fell right of the bone. Same with the juicy side of chicken, it just fell right apart. The barbecue is the chopped variety, and it was cool to see both pork and beef on the menu. Husband enjoyed both of these as a sandwich very much. They were huge! The smoky hamburger spoiled me. I may not be able to eat any other kind of burger once I get off the mountain! Some how we found room to try a peach cobbler with a big heap of vanilla ice cream on top for dessert. I'm glad we did!
The portion size was great and the prices were quite reasonable. As we were paying at the counter, I saw reviews from some food network shows hanging on the wall. Alton Brown and others have visited. Wow. Also I saw their yummy barbecue sauce jars for sale to take home. Proprietor Rob at the cash register had a nice word for everyone as they paid. We like friendly personal touches like these.
Service was very good. We had server Tori a couple times and, even though the restaurant was slammed, she was just as sweet as could be and on top of drink refills and such. A nice young busser named Hayes had his work cut our for him! Staff really does a great job here of keeping things moving on such a busy weekend.
We are barbecue lovers, and we try to visit regional family owned barbecue restaurants on our travels. This one ranks up there with the best. Even on an ‘off‘ day, I can't imagine this place falling so far as some reviews here. Maybe some posters here are more used to ‘their kind of barbecue’ they get at home? Carolina Smokehouse uses a tomato based sauce. As I already mentioned, their barbecue is the chopped variety, with a choice of pork and beef.
We'll be back again for sure at our Labor Day trip!