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.
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.
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….
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.
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…
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.