800 S Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC
BBQ Jew’s Grade: D-
Porky Says: “Put some SPF 30 on your tongue.”
Beach Blanket Barbecue
Based on my limited experience eating barbecue at or near the beach, I think the best advice I can provide for such situations is not to indulge. Perhaps it’s the over-supply of sunshine and sand, the undersupply of hickory, or the BBQ joint owners having mercury poisoning from all the nearby shellfish, but for some reason beach BBQ joints rarely offer ‘cue worth eating. A & G Bar-B-Que & Chicken, located on the main drag just off the waterfront in Carolina Beach and featuring a generous two ampersands in its name, does nothing to change my mind about beach ‘cue. That’s the bad news. The good news is that next time you are in Carolina Beach you can skip the ‘cue and have plenty of room for donuts from Britt’s, which vies for the title of Best Donut Shop in America, in my opinion. More on that later.
Eat Your Heart Out, Krispy Kreme
Britt’s Donut Shop has existed on the boardwalk at Carolina Beach for 70 years and it’s still going strong. Their glazed yeast donuts (think Krispy Kreme but even better) are light, fluffy and fried to perfection. They taste like the love-child of a torrid affair between a humble peasant donut and beignet royalty. In other words, they’re really good. Better yet, Britt’s reminds me of the best kind of barbecue joint. It’s quaint, has a friendly staff made up largely of a multi-generation family, has a focused menu (one type of donut, take it or leave it, and milk or soda) and is a little bit quirky–only open in the summer and no phone. So, next time you’re in Carolina Beach, skip the ‘cue and eat at Britt’s instead.