The first week of the promotion, we headed west to Lexington to The Barbecue Center. Once you step inside, it feels a bit like an old diner and the menu is quite extensive if everyone in your party doesn’t want barbecue. Tyson and I both opted for the chopped barbecue sandwich and fries. You can choose from chopped, course chopped or sliced barbecue. The Lexington-style sauce was delicious, but not overwhelming and the red slaw is the perfect complement to the barbecue.

What you need to know: If you’re in a hurry, pull around back under the awning for curbside service. If you dine in, save room for dessert. We saw a couple get a banana split that was humongous, but we were too full to try one. We’ll know better next time!
Road trip ideas: There are many iconic restaurants in Lexington to try out, including Speedy’s, Smileys, Lexington Barbecue (aka Monk’s) and Smokey Joe’s. Lexington has a quaint downtown area to explore. Look out for the Pigs on Parade, an art project that is scattered throughout downtown. The Lexington Flying Pigs baseball team in the Old North State League is playing ball this week, so look at the schedule and you may be able to catch at game.
For more ideas, check out the Visit NC Lexington Barbecue Tour itinerary | Visit Lexington NC

~Jen Kendrick, director of communications and outreach