Queen City Q

Come on in!

Come on in!

North Carolina is known for it’s barbecue, everyone knows that! In eastern NC it’s all about pork with a vinegar based sauce, while the rest of the state has a more tomato based sauce. Yet every restaurant has it’s own little barbecue twist. In spite of this, I’ve never thought of Charlotte as a “barbecue” city. I’m not really sure why, but I’ve since seen the error of my ways. Not only do they ‘cue in this town, they ‘cue it up right. Take Queen City Q, for instance. Tucked on a side street in Charlotte, this barbecue joint is serious eats.

A Relaxing Atmosphere

A Relaxing Atmosphere

Don’t let the plain exterior fool you! Once you walk through the door, you’re transported to a Texas-meets-North Carolina sports bar and eatery. It’s relaxed atmosphere is welcoming and lets you unwind.

A Well Appointed Bar

A Well Appointed Bar

Once you’re seated, check out the menu! There are so many choices it will be hard to decide what speaks to your tastebuds. They’ve got Southern staples such as pulled pork, Brunswick stew, hushpuppies, and collards. Their sauces cover a little more territory: there’s Western NC Sauce, Queen City Ribz, SC Style Mustard Sauce, Lexington Dip, Queen City Signature, and Queen City Sweet. They try to cover most of the barbecue bases with these six sauces. I’m embarrassed to admit that I like to mix several together….

The Most Wonderful Menu!

The Most Wonderful Menu!

I am a pulled pork kind gal, always. Well, almost always. While the Queen City Q brisket looked moist and tender, there is something about the pulled pork that spoke to me. My tastebuds cheered. The pork melted in my mouth. It was juicy and flavorful and I loved dipping it in my tangy SC Style Mustard/Lexington Dip/Western NC sauce mixture.

THAT'S Southern Barbecue!!

THAT’S Southern Barbecue!!

What is a Southern meal without collards, mac-n-cheese, and hushpuppies? It isn’t. These staples are comfort food at its best, and I’m here to tell you, they like to serve them up with everything here: Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving, or just ’cause. I credit food such as this as the reason I gained a pound or fifty when I moved to the south. The food is luscious, comforting, and irresistible. Try to resist, I dare you!

Needless to say, by the time I ate all the pork, hushpuppies with honey butter, mac-n-cheese and collards I was stuffed. Not so stuffed, however, to keep me from washing it all down with an ice cold Cheerwine…

The End

The End

Queen City Q is an easy walk from just about anywhere in uptown. They are also conveniently located along the light rail system, the Lynx. If you’re in Charlotte, or near one of their other locations, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.

 

4 comments on “Queen City Q

  1. The nachos are amazing!!! I had them at the baseball stadium. I guess they are even better at the restaurant. Try them if you ever go back 😍 Best Moscow Mule I’ve ever had as well!

    • Hi Lynda!

      I’ll have to try the nachos the next time I visit! I have to admit that I’m so in love with their pork I don’t even think about trying anything else. Thanks for letting me know…I’ll have to try the Moscow Mule too!

    • Hi Julie!

      I love BBQ! I stumbled across Queen City Q by accident and I am so happy I did. I love to mix their sauces together and dip my pork. The hushpuppies are good too! 🙂

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