There are many great, colorful names among the hundreds of barbecue joints across North Carolina. Below are my inaugural class of Name Hall of Fame inductees, along with my reasons for inducting them. Who else deserves to be added to the Hall?
B’s – One letter says it all.
Blue Mist – Barbecue poetry, the name alone makes me hungry.
Bum’s Restaurant – Something about the pairing of the word “bum” next to the classy-for-’cue word “restaurant.”
Flip’s – Just sounds right.
Fuzzy’s – Easy to love, hard to forget.
Hog Heaven – Sure, it’s cutesy but someone had to take advantage of this great phrase.
Lexington #1 – Brilliant in its simplicity. Better yet, it’s nickname is “the Honeymonk” after owner Wayne Monk .
Pink Supper House – Elegant and a little bizarre, I like it.
Prissy Polly’s – Named after the founder’s mom. Cutesy but catchy.
Short Sugar’s – Unforgettable.
Snook’s Old Fashion – Sounds like just the type of place I want catering my funeral. Then again, it is hard to beat Lexington, NC for funeral homes that respect barbecue.
The Barbecue Center – Indeed it is. A great name for a vintage joint on Lexington’s main drag.
Finally, it is worth noting that I have banned the over-the-top name Butts on the Creek in Maggie Valley from this list for trying too hard. This type of name may be what it takes to survive in the tourist town of Maggie Valley but the Name Hall of Fame must maintain some ethical standards.