The waitress returned to tell us how lucky we were to have booked early as we could order now and avoid the rush. I looked around. She was right - the place had filled up. I chose the unpulled pork. My husband the beef brisket. Grandma and grandpa, the pepper chicken and chicken fried steak. At $30 a main meal, I pointed out the sides to the children.
I sucked down some iced water while we waited for our meals.
When they arrived I pulled at my unpulled pork and wondered, as I do with all restaurant meals, if this was something I could have made better myself at home.
As the meal was neither burnt nor raw, I decided, no, I could not. The pork was pullable and had a good flavour (albeit served under an off-putting chunk of its own fat), and the Carolina sauce thick and sweet.
The chicory and apple accompaniment was so so. I thought the beef brisket with its molasses sauce was the pick of the meals, but then grandma and grandpa fended off my attempts to try their dishes so who knows.