Pin It
Submit to Reddit
Favorite

The Critic's Apprentice recommends Old Hickory House BBQ Restaurant 

It's an unusually cold day, and I find myself standing in the middle of a parking lot, staring at a less-than-desirable landscape on North Tryon. I love the fact that even with the sounds of the city, and the not-so pleasant view, I can close my eyes and the smell of the building behind me can take me away: Old Hickory House BBQ Restaurant (6538 N. Tryon St.).

The doors of this establishment have the same effect on me as a time machine, and with no windows in the place, I absolutely forget I'm in Charlotte.

I browse the menu a bit, and see their pork plate. It comes with a large helping of pork, and a choice of two sides. As a Georgia boy, I'm particular about my "cue": I want pig; I want it chopped; and I want it on the sweeter side.

Brunswick stew and hushpuppies accompany my meal. When my order arrives, I am taken aback. This is not the barbeque I was expecting. It doesn't have that vinegar punch that most sauces in this part of the woods have. This sauce is sweeter than even most western North Carolina barbecue. I taste the stew, and even it is divine. I almost want to drink it straight out of the ramekin that it is served in.

The best part of the meal comes when I pay; the best barbeque and stew that I have had in North Carolina for only 10 bucks. Skeptic I entered; devoted I left.

Robby Senkbeil is a Culinary Arts graduate, and a Food Service Management student at Johnson & Wales University. Hailing from Northeastern Georgia, his focus and culinary passion lie in preserving the art of true Southern Cuisine. He is a student in CL food critic Tricia Childress' Intro to Food Writing course.

Old Hickory House BBQ Restaurant 6538 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28213-5519 (704) 596-8014
Pin It
Submit to Reddit
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Creative Loafing encourages a healthy discussion on its website from all sides of the conversation, but we reserve the right to delete any comments that detract from that. Violence, racism and personal attacks that go beyond the pale will not be tolerated.

Calendar

More »

Search Events


© 2019 Womack Digital, LLC
Powered by Foundation