BBQ – Parker’s BBQ

Wilson, NC – One of my favorite barbecue places in the state.  I’ve been frequenting Parker’s since the 1970’s (as a child), and I often use them as a litmus test for all other barbecue.  Are there better… probably, but this is comfort food and everyone can’t help but get a little biased based on their upbringing.

That being said, Parker’s is a traditional eastern-style (vinegar based) sauce that has a slight taste of pepper.  Very subtle.  Fried chicken is wonderfully crispy and the combination serves up a wonderful experience.  Of course, Parker’s might not be as high up on my list if it wasn’t for the ubiquitous corn sticks.  I absolutely love them!  Rounding out the meal are typical sides, but their brunswick stew is quite hearty!  Overall, I give Parker’s a high rating, and put them on my must visit list.  Make sure you bring cash (they do not take credit/debit).

Parker’s BBQ
2514 US-301, Wilson, NC 27893

Line Dempsey

Line Dempsey has been guiding adventure tours for many years. Having been born and reared in NC, Line got his start in leading tours in the 1980's with unsupported bicycle tours of the state of NC, SC and Virginia. Line worked in the tourism industry for 10 years prior to leaving for graduate school. Line began leading motorcycle trips in NC, VA, SC, as well as a trip to the lower east corner of the US ( Key West ). For the last 14 years, Line's work has allowed him to travel throughout the state of NC at least once a week and he's seen most of the overlooked side roads of our beautiful state. Line has explored NC via bicycle, kayak, motorcycle, rock climbing, hiking and by sailboat.

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