North Carolina

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12 BonesSee 12 Bones Video ($$)
(1144 ratings)

5 Foundy St Map It!
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-4499
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Ribs"
  • Blueberry Chipotle Ribs
    pork ribs smoked in oak for 3 hrs & then grilled & glazed w/ homemade blueberry Chipotle sauce; sauce available online; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1144 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ribs); serves lunch only
Amos Mosquito's Restaurant & Bar ($$)
(793 ratings)

703 E Fort Macon Rd Map It!
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 247-6222
  • Buzz-Buzz Shrimp
    early Mississippi browns (shrimp), lightly fried & tossed in sweet & spicy "buzz-buzz" sauce; served w/ fresh pineapple slaw; looks good!
  • Southern Fried Pork Chops
    boneless chop seasoned w/ "secret" 11 herbs & spices, fried & topped w/ tasso gravy; served w/ smashed potatoes & sauteed spinach; looks good
  • Southwest Style Tuna
    grilled or blackened local tuna served atop a homemade black bean cake, topped w/ roasted corn & avocado pico de gallo, finished w/ spicy red bell pepper emulsion; looks good
4.5 out of 5
793 ratings
opened in 1999; casual joint serving coastal comfort cuisine; name came from a knock-knock joke
Bang Bang Burgers ($$)
(853 ratings)

2001 E 7th St Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-4505
  • Fried Sweet Potato Brie Burger
    topped w/ maple cranberry sauce
  • Pimento Burger
    homemade pimento cheese & fried pickles; looks good
4.5 out of 5
853 ratings
burgers from the highest quality, Black Angus whole muscle cuts of short rib & chuck produced by NYC's own Pat La Frieda
Brine and Bottle [CLOSED]See Brine and Bottle Video ($$$)
(81 ratings)

7531 S Virginia Dare Trl Map It!
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 715-1818
  • Foie Gras Torchon
    sliced housemade foie gras on brioche w/ side of peach marmalade
  • Fried Pickles
    deep-fried brined pickles w/ side of buttermilk-chive dip; "might be the best pickle chip I've ever had"-Guy Fieri
  • Soft Shell Crab Sandwich
    dredged, pan-fried & served on potato bun w/ pickle ramp tartar sauce & tomato slice
4.5 out of 5
81 ratings
[CLOSED]; est. 2010; beer, wine bar & specialty-food pier-side joint; menu changes daily
Cast Iron Kitchen ($$)
(434 ratings)

8024 Market St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28411
(910) 821-8461
  • Dirty South Biscuit
    southern fried chicken tenderloin, bacon, runny egg, muenster & pepper jack cheeses w/ sausage gravy
  • Not My Momma's Meatloaf
    house made meatloaf w/ ground beef & pork, fried egg, caramelized sweet onion, arugula, tomato, aged cheddar, herb aioli & Texas Pete hollandaise served on a toasted bun; "this is outstanding!" -Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
434 ratings
mom-and-pop joint serving North Carolina favorites w/ a twist; serving breakfast & lunch only (check website for updated info)
Ceviche's ($$)
(623 ratings)

7210 Wrightsville Ave Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 256-3131
  • Ropa Vieja
    braised & shredded beef in a spicy pepper broth served w/ coconut rice & mixed vegetables; looks good
  • Sancocho
    Panama's national dish; soup w/ chicken, sweet potato, yucca, plantains & corn in a spicy cilantro broth; served w/ a side of coconut rice
4.5 out of 5
623 ratings
"Inspired By My Upbringing In Panama, Central America - Fishing With My Dad In Both The Pacific And Atlantic Oceans, Picking Fresh Mangos At The Bus Stop For Breakfast & Epic Surfing Trips (I Vividly Remember My First Barrel). I Wanted To Bring That Feeling To Wrightsville Beach With A Staple In The Panamanian Diet, Ceviche, Tropical Fruit, Plantains, Etc.." - Hunter Tiblier, Owner.
Cheese SmithSee Cheese Smith Video ($$)
(106 ratings)

624 S 17th St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 231-0808
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "On Wheels"
  • "Buffalo Baby" Grilled Cheese
    havarti, braised buffalo chicken, homemade buttermilk ranch, quick pickled carrot & celery slaw; looks good
4.5 out of 5
106 ratings
opened in 2018; food truck specializing in creative grilled cheese concoctions
Copper Penny ($$)
(1187 ratings)

109 Chestnut St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1373
  • 109 Chestnut Chicken Sandwich
    signature sandwich; mushroom, chicken, Provolone, chipotle mayo served on toasted sub roll; named after the restaurant address; looks good
  • Hot Roast Pork Sandwich
    sliced pork loin, sauteed spinach, Provolone, garlic aioli on a sub w/ side of au jus for dipping; looks good!
  • Onion Rings
    looks good
4.5 out of 5
1187 ratings
small funky joint owned/operated by husband-wife duo serving simple, but real-deal food
Fork N Cork ($$)
(1045 ratings)

122 Market St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 228-5247
  • Confit Duck Wings
    deep fried confit duck wings served w/ choice of sauce: Charmoula (delicious Moroccan sauce), Hot Honey Garlic, Peach BBQ, Raspberry Chipotle, Creole Rosemary Honey Mustard or Habanero Orange Marmalade; Guy liked w/ Habanero Orange Marmalade
  • Wellington Bites
    Beef Wellington in a puff pastry; served w/ side of port wine cherry sauce & horseradish cream sauce; call to check availability; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1045 ratings
higher end comfort food in 40-seat joint
FuD at Salud [CLOSED] ($)
(86 ratings)

3306A N Davidson St Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 232-4943
  • Chicken and Waffles Waffle-wich
    waffle sandwich w/ chicken salad, candied walnuts, bacon & maple syrup
  • You're Killin' Me, S'mores Waffle-wich
    waffle sandwich w/ homemade toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, Nutella; looks good
4.5 out of 5
86 ratings
[CLOSED]; funky deli w/ unique, creative spins on traditional sandwiches; known for their "Waffle-wiches"; Other Recipes: Homemade Marshmallows
Papi Queso ($)
(290 ratings)

1115 N Brevard St Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 999-1764
  • "The Pig Mac"
    grilled cheese sandwich w/ pulled pork, bourbon onions, mac 'n' cheese, cheddar; looks good
  • Mushroom Gruyere Grilled Cheese
    w/ truffle spread, pan-roasted mushrooms, Gruyere cheese; recommend dipping w/ tomato soup (if available); "out of all the grilled cheese I've ever had, that's the peak" -Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
290 ratings
est. 2012; started as a food truck, now fixed joint specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
PinPoint Restaurant ($$)
(351 ratings)

114 Market St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 769-2972
  • Catfish & Grits
    catfish brined & cold-smoked, pressed in corn meal & fried; served on grits & vegetables; topped w/ green tomato slaw & lemon-brown butter
4.5 out of 5
351 ratings
locally sourced New American meals, including many seafood dishes
Pizzeria Toro ($$)
(965 ratings)

105 E Chapel Hill St Map It!
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 908-6936
  • Crispy Pig Ears
    strips of dredged & fried pig ears on a bed of seasonal fruit mostarda w/ white whine & spices; "it has it all!" -Pati Jinich; looks good
4.5 out of 5
965 ratings
opened in 2012; modern pizza parlor w/ wood fired pies, Italian wines, beers & cocktails
Skylight Inn BBQSee Skylight Inn BBQ Video ($)
(229 ratings)

4618 Lee St Map It!
Ayden, NC 28513
(252) 746-4113
  • Whole Hog Pulled Pork
    BBQ sauce is spicy tomato-vinegar-based; looks good; use oak wood charcoal and cooked for 16 hrs; comes w/ homemade coleslaw, potato salad and corn bread; whole pig can feed up to 80 people!
4.5 out of 5
229 ratings
#90 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); #3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); est. 1947; James Beard award winner (American Classics - 2003)
Sweet PotatoesSee Sweet Potatoes Video ($$)
(861 ratings)

607 N Trade St NW Map It!
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 727-4844
  • Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
    topeed w/ bourbon caramel sauce; looks good
4.5 out of 5
861 ratings
Terry's North Carolina Bar-B Que & Ribs [CLOSED] ($)
(43 ratings)

4688 Long Beach Rd SE Map It!
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 477-6645
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Wilmington, NC"
  • BBQ Combo Platter
    1.5-lbs of barbecue including 14-hour smoked Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, & sweet & spicy Memphis-style spare ribs; served w/ choice of sides; looks good
4.5 out of 5
43 ratings
[CLOSED]; serving a variety of barbecue meats
TIN Kitchen ($)
(189 ratings)

Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 750-0477
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Sliders
    cauliflower steak-sliced w/ buffalo sauce; served w/ slaw, blue cheese
  • Chana Masala Tacos
    chickpea-based sauce & topped w/ apricot & Medjool date couscous; looks good
4.5 out of 5
189 ratings
since 2011; food truck; go to website to find locations
Winnie's TavernSee Winnie's Tavern Video ($$)
(226 ratings)

1895 Burnett Blvd Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1799
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Stacked"
  • "Trailer Park" Burger
    bacon cheeseburger w/ jalapeno pimiento cheese & Cajun fried green tomatoes, plus chipotle mayo, onion, lettuce, bread & butter pickles; "it's like a buffet for your mouth!" -Fanny Slater
4.5 out of 5
226 ratings
opened in 1962; family-run bar & restaurant known for burgers
300 EastSee 300 East Video ($$)
(959 ratings)

300 East Blvd Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 332-6507
  • Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwich
    Sorghum molasses cookies w/ side caramelized pineapple; "one of the best desserts I've ever had on Triple-D" -Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Lamb & Mushroom Ragout
    served on Bosky Acres goat cheese ravioli w/ lemon-mint-goat cheese butter
4.0 out of 5
959 ratings
opened in 1986; independent, mother-and-daughter-owned casual dining establishment offering creative American-Eclectic cuisine in a fun & historic house built in 1900
Backyard BBQ Pit [CLOSED]See Backyard BBQ Pit Video ($)
(949 ratings)

5122 Nc Hwy 55 Map It!
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 544-9911
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Durham"
  • Pulled Pork
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
949 ratings
Bill Spoon's Barbecue [CLOSED] ($)
(194 ratings)

5524 S Blvd Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 525-8865
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Charlotte, NC"
  • Pork Barbecue Sandwich
    chopped whole-hog barbecue pork sandwich, topped w/ "Eastern-style" vinegar-based barbecue sauce & mustard-based coleslaw; takes over 12 hours to prepare; looks good
4.0 out of 5
194 ratings
[CLOSED]; est. 1963; known for traditional whole-hog barbecue
Buxton Hall Barbecue [CLOSED] ($$)
(1075 ratings)

32 Banks Ave Map It!
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 232-7216
  • Sweet Potato Pie
    roasted sweet potato honey custard, blind baked pie crust, served on milk jam, topped w/ spiced maple whipped cream, pecan crumble & sweet potato chips
4.0 out of 5
1075 ratings
[CLOSED]; est. 2015; butcher & smokehouse known for authentic Carolina barbecue
Cabo Fish TacoSee Cabo Fish Taco Video ($$)
(1533 ratings)

3201 N Davidson St Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-8868
4.0 out of 5
1533 ratings
Coastal CravingsSee Coastal Cravings Video ($$)
(857 ratings)

1209 Duck Rd Map It!
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 480-0032
  • Seared Scallops
    served on lobster sauce seasoned w/ truffle oil; "up there in some of the best scallops I've ever had...cuz this scallop is out of bounds!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Steamer Pots To Go
    a cooking pot loaded w/ the fresh catch nightly preparation of the Outer Banks "Local Catch" (depending on season/catch, it can include oysters, middle-neck clams, snow crab legs, shrimp, red potatoes, smoked sausage, corn on the cob); served in a tin can which you can order to-go & use to cook; Carolina coast tradition
4.0 out of 5
857 ratings
funky little joint connected to a gas station-convenient store; drive-through service available; Other Recipes: Jicama Chayote Slaw
DishSee Dish Video ($)
(658 ratings)

1220 Thomas Ave Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 344-0343
  • Chicken and Dumplings
    top seller; made from scratch; looks good
  • Salmon Patties
    fresh salmon broken down from whole fish; formed into patties, padded w/ Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) & skillet fried; served w/ honey-orange butter
4.0 out of 5
658 ratings
opened in 2002; southern comfort food; "disarmingly unpretentious kind of joint you immediately warm to as though it were your mama's or grandma's kitchen" (from its website)
North Carolina   (66 restaurants)    
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