Kenansville, North Carolina-
When traveling through historic Kenansville, North Carolina byway of NC Hwy 24 just off I-40 East make sure to make Carolina BBQ your lunch or dinner destination!
Wonderful Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Seafood Buffet
My husband and I were recently traveling through on our way to the Crystal Coast of NC, when our tummies started rumbling and we made it our mission to seek out a good ole Eastern NC barbecue spot to quench our soul food Sunday craving.
Well, I can tell you we were thrilled to happen upon this awesome restaurant.
It has all the makings of your grandparents’ Sunday dinner table— pork barbecue, fried chicken, fried shrimp and flounder, chicken and pastries, collards, lima beans, Brunswick stew, sweet tea, banana pudding, hush puppies— you get the drift.
If you are in need of comfort food, this is your spot.
Not to mention, the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome and satisfied with your visit.
This kind fellow, Jimmy (pictured below), went out of his way to greet two unfamiliar faces and make them feel a part of the Carolina BBQ community.
He instantly connected with us and took time to learn of the new folks wandering in on a late Sunday afternoon.
He was congenial, kind and quite the conversationalist— told us stories of days long ago when he served in the US Marine Corps, his retirement from the state of North Carolina as a probation officer and his pride of his wife and daughter who are both doctors.
Southern hospitality at its finest.
Thanks, Jimmy. You made our visit even more of a delight.
If you find yourself near Kenansville, go ahead and set your GPS to direct you straight to the door of Carolina BBQ and Seafood.
Good news… there is a second location of Carolina BBQ in Wilmington, NC too!
You will be living high on the hog if you give this barbecue joint a try.
-Alison Paul Klakowicz, BA, MS
Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.