When folks think of eating in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, Lexington-style barbecue is likely to be first to come to mind. Yes, there is a town about 15 miles south of Winston-Salem named Lexington. And, there are barbecue restaurants on each corner and between corners in Lexington. Historically speaking, however, Lexington-style barbecue originated on the north side of Winston-Salem at Hill's Lexington Barbecue Restaurant. Joe Allen Hill (originally from Lexington) and wife Edna opened Hill's in 1951. I am assuming that everyone agrees that Lexington-style barbecue is the best. (If one lives in western North Carolina, it's a no-brain er.) Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. When you reach 4005 North Patterson Avenue at Motor Road, you have found the address of THE best barbecue in the world. Hill's has done it longest. And, Hill's does it best. This review is not based on one mere visit. I have eaten at Hill's semi-regularly all my life. If I currently lived nearer, I'd dine there more regularly. My particular favorite is the chopped variety. Blocked and sliced are likewise available. There is an all-you-can-eat option, which permits one to try all three varieties. (I've dared to attempt this only once!) There is a plate, which includes baked beans, a choice of slaw, and a choice of fries or another side. And, there are small and large trays, which include the barbecue, slaw, and hush puppies. Of course, there are barbecue sandwiches. Hands down, my favorite is the large chopped tray with barbecue (red) slaw. Many barbecue restaurants put too much vinegar in their slaw. (I often have to add artificial sweetener to cut the powerfully sour bite.) Not so, with the Hill's slaw! Wonderful! And, the hush puppies! There simply are none better. No matter what plate or tray one orders, the hush puppies are all-you-can-eat. Other Hill's specialties are their macaroni and cheese and their famous banana pudding. As with most other things, prices have gone up in recent years. It's still the best barbecue, worth the price and worth the trip! Other producers of barbecue learned from Hill's. One needn't argue with history. Why not go to the original source? But, remember! Hill's is always closed on Mondays!
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