Name: Country Barbeque
Location: 3921 Sedgebrook St., High Point, NC
Order: Chopped barbecue plate (with red slaw, hush puppies, fries) (link to menu)
Speedy: Recently, I’ve been doing a fair amount of work in Greensboro, NC. As this is “home turf” for the Barbecue Bros, I look forward to eating ‘cue in the area because the places in the area are where I learned the way and the truth of barbecue. So imagine my surprise when I see Country Barbeque nestled on Highway 68 (note: there’s also one on Wendover) just a couple of miles from my client site. Of course I had to give it a try.
Monk: I believe that I’ve been to the Wendover location, and remember being pleasantly surprised considering I believe that it was a gas/electric joint.
Speedy: When you walk into Country Barbeque, it looks the part of a true ‘cue joint. You sit where you like, and a waitress comes up to take your order. Of course I went with the chopped barbecue plate – a standard for any Lexington style barbecue restaurant. Service was super quick, which I’ve come to expect at places such as this, and the volume of food brought was more than I could eat for a very reasonable price.
The pork itself was good, but not great. It wasn’t dry, but I did find myself adding more dip, which was provided on the table. I also couldn’t really taste the smoke, and I generally like a little hint of it on my ‘cue. However, it was tender, chopped fine, and more than passable. I would’ve liked a little more outside brown mixed in (though I didn’t ask for it), but overall, I was pleased. The slaw was very good, and tasted like a typical red slaw should. There wasn’t really any spice, so I added some Texas Pete (also provided on the table) to cure that. The hush puppies were good, though they could have been a little sweeter, and the fried were your standard crinkle fries.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal, though there wasn’t anything to distinguish Country Barbecue from some of the other restaurants around. I definitely prefer Stamey’s and probably Carter’s in the area, and it doesn’t compare favorably to most places in Lexington (and doesn’t hold a candle to #1).
Monk: So the real question is, should I think about heading there next time I am back in town visiting my folks?
Speedy: I would say it’s worth checking out, though I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there. It’s convenient location (close to the 68/I-40 intersection) is a big draw that means it will probably serve as a quick, convenient meal for me sometime in the future.
Atmosphere/Ambiance – 3.5 hogs
Pork – 3.5 hogs
Sides – 3.5 hogs
Overall – 3.5 hogs