You get to this little barbecue joint just as you are about to run out of Hillsborough Street. It is clearly marked by areas covered in bright, bright yellow paint. The parking area is small, and the spaces are very close to the street, no, I mean really close to the street.
Inside there are maybe 10 or so tables and booths, and maybe that many stools at the counter. There are lots of pictures and newspaper articles on the walls, and areas and nooks filled with bric a brac, figures of pigs, etc - homey, but pretty plain.
The chopped barbecue comes out of the kitchen well chopped, thinly sauced, and with no hint of smokiness. The result is rather dry, rather bland pork with a texture that is more minced than chopped. There is a regular house bbq sauce with some vinegar tatse, a house hot sauce that is just ok, and there is Texas Pete. The sauces helped, but this is rather ordinary barbecue, and is probably best on a sandwich with a good dose of hot sauce and slaw.
The slaw is a white slaw, rather moist, and conains bits of carrot - a touch sweet, but still tasty. The hushpuppies are large, with a nice brown, crusty exterior, and moist and loaded with flavor inside - a great hushpuppy. The Chicken Pastry (and it really is pastry, not dumplings) is quite simply, outstanding. There is very little evidence of chicken, but the flavor is there, and the sheets of pastry are awesome.
The Fried Chicken was very good with a nice, thin crust, mist, with great flavor. The Fried Okra, the typical frozen restaurant style, was none the less, perfectly cooked and with a nice taste. The Collards were very good as well, with just a touch of sweetness. Even the French Fries were nice, thin and crunchy, and they even held salt.
Most of the plates run between $7 and $8, with a half rack of St Louis style ribs going for $14 - you get a full rack for only $2 more. A combo plate of pork and either chicken pastry or chicken comes in at $10. A bbq sandwich or a hamburger is $4, and a hot dog (Carolina Packers wiener) dor $1.95. A pound of bbq to take home is right at $12.
This is not the cheapest lunch place around, but the portions are large. The sides and country cooking items are the real stars here, with the barbecue being ok, but definitely not great, and as I said, probably best on a sandwich..
I live in Baltimore, MD and whenever I get down to Raleigh (which is quite a bit) I make Ole Time my very first stop! The staff are welcoming and remember me whenever I get there and Jerry, the owner is the best. He is a real hoot!
P. S. I'm coming down on October 16 Jerry, so be ready for me!
If you want some lick your fingers clean barbq this is the right place.Not only is the food stupendous the folks who own it are wonderful too.Their food is soooo good.I have tried dif stuff when ever we go and I have not tasted anything that did not make me roll my eyes heavenward.Oh and the hushpuppies...woooweee me and hubby can wipe out a basket of those easy.Tell ya what watch extreme makeover home edition the last sunday in jan.Mr.Jerry from Ole Time along with his crew and friends treated the cast to some of NC best grub.I love this palce and I love the folks there.So gooooooo.
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