I offer to you – the foodie’s version of a Memorial Day weekend vacation – a food road trip. A few of us from WFAE recently set out for Bridges Barbecue in Shelby. From Charlotte, it’s a bit of a haul. The food was good, but it was the second best part of the trip. There’s something to be said for being cramped in a car with a few good friends. So if you find yourself sitting around bored and hungry one slow weekend, consider a food road trip. It’s perfect for that faraway place you’ve been meaning to try.
A plan is always helpful, but the best road trips are spontaneous (except for trying to camp in March – it’s a long story). If you need a few ideas, there are a couple of websites to help. Try Road Trips For Foodies or any number of great publications like Our State Magazine or Southern Living – both have great suggestions for restaurant destinations. You could also consider touring farmer’s markets – even farms! (No Weekend Plans? How About Tour A Farm?)
Of course, the king of all food road trips is Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, who can sometimes be spotted around Plaza Midwood, he’s a big fan of The Penguin (I’ve seen him at the Common Market). In general, keep an eye out for festivals – there is one for everything – strawberries, peaches, beer, take your pick. If you’re interested in making it a BBQ road trip around North Carolina – here is your itinerary – the Historic Barbecue Trail from the NC Barbecue Society.
So, pack up your appetite and have a GREAT time!
A few pictures from our food road trip to Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, NC…