Travel & Food – Lexington & Raleigh, North Carolina

Yesterday we drove to Lexington in North Carolina, but not before stopping in Hemingway, South Carolina to visit Scott’s BBQ. We ordered a pulled pork sandwich but personally I wasn’t a fan as it was a bit too spicy for me but Nick loved it.

Scotts BBQ, Hemingway, South CarolinaNorth Carolina state lineOnce we reached Lexington we stopped at BBQ center. We weren’t impressed with the BBQ there but the banana pudding was amazing. (Not as good as Desiree’s in Memphis though). We also ordered hush puppies, which are just bizarre. I thought they were going to be like potato croquettes but they’re not, it’s deep-fried corn bread. I don’t really like them.

Hush puppies at BBQ Center, Lexington, North CarolinaBanana pudding at BBQ Center, Lexington, North CarolinaBBQ Center, Lexington, North CarolinaImmediately after that, we went right around the corner to Lexington Barbecue, which was a big improvement. Nick had more BBQ and I ordered the most amazing cheeseburger. Then we had even more dessert in the form of peach cobbler.

Cheeseburger at Lexington Barbecue, North CarolinaLexington BBQ, North CarolinaLexington Barbecue, North CarolinaThis morning we drove an hour or so towards Raleigh, North Carolina to visit Allen & Sons Barbecue in Chapel Hill. Nick ordered a pulled pork sandwich with onion rings and I had a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. It was all really good. Nick couldn’t get enough of the sauce and ended up just eating spoonfuls of it on it’s own. Then we shared a delicious blueberry pie with homemade vanilla ice-cream and more banana pudding.

Allen & Sons, Raleigh, North CarolinaBlueberry pie at Allen & Sons, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, North Carolina

Allen & Son Bar-b-q, Raleigh, North CarolinaAutumn is in full swing in North Carolina. While the trees have been kind of colourful the whole time we’ve been here, nowhere has matched the rich reds and bright golden hues of the leaves here. We’re staying next to the airport and conveniently, right next door is a huge state park called William B Umstead State Park. We went there this afternoon and sat by the lake admiring the amazing view and watching a nice guy doing a bit of fishing.

The boathouse at William B Umstead State Park, Raleigh, North CarolinaAutumn trees around Big Lake, William B Umstead state park, Raleigh, North CarolinaBoat house on Big Lake at William B Umstead State Park, Raleigh, North Carolina

We fly to New York tomorrow morning and we’re praying that Hurricane Sandy stays away!