Bill Addison, the Atlanta-based food writer for Eater.com, has the enviable task of eating his way across the country. This year, he’s doing some deep-delving into various food destination states, and he had North Carolina well in his sights:
“For the food-obsessed, I wager that no Southern road trip itinerary brings more pleasure than a west-to-east trek across North Carolina.”
Although he skipped Charlotte (aw, Bill, dude!), he just posted his report on stops across the state, including Asheville, Lexington, Raleigh, Durham and Kinston. Yes, barbecue gets attention, but he also gets into a bunch of higher-thought restaurants, including the Stanbury in Raleigh, a half-dozen worthy places in Asheville, the Chef & the Farmer, and chef Ashley Christensen’s juggernaut of spots.
He also breaks out attention for our state-wide obsession with biscuits (with a quote from some “culinary historian” in Charlotte named Purvis), and the new twists on white-tablecloth boiled peanuts.
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It’s a good overview, and like all of Addison’s writing, he delivers thought with the plate descriptions:
“Over the last decade the state’s small, charismatic cities like Asheville and Durham have soaked up plenty of attention for their budding food scenes. But five recent days of feasting between North Carolina’s mountains, hilly piedmont, and coastal plains revealed an astounding breadth of accomplished cooking.”
Thanks, Bill. We will assume you’re saving an entire trip just for Charlotte.