10 US Hwy 29-70 South (I-85 Business Loop), Lexington, NC
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
BBQ Jew’s Grade: A+
Porky Says: “This Monk serves heaven on earth.”
Whichever name you call it by–Lexington Barbecue #1,Lexington #1, Monk’s place, Monk’s, or The Honeymonk–this joint is absolutely one of the best in the state. I’ve been here a half dozen times or so over a period of several years and the barbecue and sides have been superb every time. Wayne Monk, his family, and the other employees who work at Lexington #1 run an amazingly efficient restaurant. They crank out ‘cue and all the fixings in high volume without sacrificing quality one bit. Whether you show up when the line is out the door, such as during the annual Barbecue Festival, or on a slow day at an off hour, Monk & company will dish you out some of the best ‘cue known to man, woman, or child.
In lieu of a full review of Lexington #1, I am going to defer to the Michael Stern of Roadfood fame on this one. See Stern’s recent review of Lexington #1 from his Roadfood.com website. Stern is one of the nation’s premier food writers and his website and books are well worth reading if you’ve yet to discover them. All I’ll add to Stern’s recent review of Lexington #1 is that some reason the draft Cheerwine tastes extra good there… especially when served to you by Wayne Monk himself at one of the counter stools. Add it to your bucket list today. And then get off your duff and check it off the list tomorrow.