Posted on July 18, 2011 by Porky LeSwine
7601 Highway 70 East, Mebane, NC
Hours: Tu-Th 4 – 8:30, Fr-Sa 4-9, Sun 12-8:30
BBQ Jew’s Grade: C-
Porky Says: “This barbecue is fishy.”
Beware Inland Seafood & Coastal Barbecue
I’ve always been wary of seafood restaurants that are located far from the coast, and even more wary of beachside barbecue joints. Huey’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar is located in Mebane, a long ways from the beach but on the edge of Lexington-style barbecue country. The family-owned business has been around for well over 50 years and has a menu sure to please anyone. (Don’t take my word for it, listen to the woman who magically teleports herself onto the restaurant’s website.) Well, almost anyone.
Huey’s features a large array of dishes, with an emphasis on steak and seafood, as well as barbecue. You can get everything from $26 filet mignon with lobster to $17 snow crab legs to a $6 BBQ tray. Huey’s also offers flounder, shrimp, clams, oysters, scallops, chicken, jalapeno poppers and much more. Guess what I had? Yeah, well that comes as no surprise. What is surprising is that the barbecue at this 54 year old dining institution tastes institutional.
Unfortunately, especially for those of us still mourning the loss of the A&M Grill, Mebane’s recently shuttered barbecue temple, Huey’s fails to deliver on its promise of “tempting” barbecue. As with all restaurants that serve raw shellfish in North Carolina, the restaurant displays a warning from the NC Department of Environmental & Natural Resources warning patrons that, “Eating raw oysters, clams or mussels may cause severe illness.” I wonder why no such warning appears in places serving lousy barbecue? “Caution,” the sign could say, “the barbecue you are about to ingest may cause severe emotional distress.” Continue reading
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Posted on July 8, 2011 by Porky LeSwine
One of my favorite barbecue joints, the history-rich A&M Grill in Mebane, has apparently gone out of business. That is the word on Chowhound and the source cited there appears legitimate. If true, very sad news.
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Posted on July 21, 2010 by Porky LeSwine
Hell has frozen over at last.
The news out of Burlington is that the owners of Hursey’s Barbecue are opening a location at Holly Hill Mall in the home of an old Chik-ail-A. Given that barbecue really is fast food (well, aside from the hours of cooking time), it makes a lot of sense to sell it in a mall. And since Hursey’s cooks their ‘cue over wood at their main location (pictured below) you don’t have to worry too much about how a mall will impact their cooking. But it still feels more than a bit odd to think of being able to order BBQ inside a shopping mall.
Coming soon to a food court near you.
This is the first time I have heard of a NC BBQ joint opening up shop inside a mall. Anyone else know otherwise?
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Posted on March 15, 2009 by Porky LeSwine
OUT OF BUSINESS AS OF JULY 2011!
401 E. Center St., Mebane, NC
BBQ Jew’s Grade: A-
Porky Says: “Damn fine swine, well worth your time.”
It’s the Barbecue, Stupid.
I love the A&M Grill, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart (then again, neither is reading online reviews of barbecue joints so you can probably handle it). The outside is unassuming at best and the interior is not what I’d describe as warm and cozy. But who cares? The barbecue is what matters, and the A&M delivers great ‘cue.
The Reeds hit the nail on the head when we asked them what they look for in a barbecue joint and they told us: “Barbecue… The meat’s what matters, at least as far as I’m concerned. I don’t give a damn about the décor or the ‘ambience.’” They’re right: if the swine is fine, let’s dine! And if you can’t cook the swine, I ain’t got the time.
Behind the A&M Grill: not scenic but still a glorious sight.
Hard Work Pays Off
In my humble opinion, the A&M serves some damn fine swine. The pork shoulders are wood-cooked the old fashioned way and the A&M’s efforts pay off in the form of succulent, tender, hickory-kissed pork that has plenty of outside brown. The Lexington style dip is thicker than I tend to prefer, with more ketchup than needed, but Continue reading
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