Thursday, August 11, 2011

Local Flava!

As many of you know, this is the summer of local eating! We really want to focus on the "mom and pop" restaurants that have been in the area for years upon years. So a couple weekends ago, it was time to continue pleasing our stomachs at Greg's BBQ in Matthews, NC.

First of all, I didn't realize how close Greg's BBQ was to our house. Literally 6-10 minutes away, so getting there wasn't a problem. We found this local spot by using the Urban Spoon App on my iPhone. After many "shakes" Greg's BBQ was the winning decision.

First impression, it's a small building (actually the end unit in a small shopping center), and walking in, you get the feel this place has a lot of "regulars". One thing I definitely noticed was there weren't any black people. Any time you're the only "something" in a situation (only male, female, short person, America, etc.) you notice fairly quickly. Anyway, there wasn't a threatening feeling, but you could feel some of the glances coming our way as we walked to our table. We WERE the only non-white, under 40 people in the entire place, so I guess if I were them, I'd take a glance or two as well. On to the food...

They had a simple menu which is a good thing for me. I like options, but I want you to tell me what you're good at and let me eat it. Also, you can tell by the graphics/clip art on the menu that this is an older place.

Greg's BBQ: Matthew's, NC

There were plenty of choices, but not overwhelming to the point where I couldn't decide. Obviously it was an American restaurant, but they had some gyros and a couple of Italian food choices. So with all of the choices available, I kept it pretty standard. There's BBQ in the restaurant's title, so I ordered BBQ.

It was a good looking plate. I had a nice portion of BBQ with the standard sides - fries, baked beans and hush puppies. Honestly, the sides (which is what I always look forward to eating) weren't anything to rave about. Everything was good, but that was about it. When I ate the hush puppies, it really just made me want to learn how to make good hush puppies myself. I guess, when I immediately feel like I could make it, I'm not too impressed. Just on the food, I'd grade it a 'C'. It was all pretty average. Not bad, not great. Right in the middle. Very affordable, which is ALWAYS good.

BBQ, baked beans, and fries.

Asha's Meal: Fish, shrimp, and french fries

(Hint: Greg's BBQ inspired me to do a little DIY project. Blog will come later.)

So there you have it. Greg's BBQ - worth a visit, you won't break the bank, but you won't be blown away either. If you try it, let me know what you think. I had the BBQ plate, but there's a chance they have something fantastic on the menu I don't know about. So let me know!

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