Uptown Lexington was all decked out for the Barbecue Festival
When I was first assigned the morning beat of the Lexington Barbecue Festival, I was a little worried. It was October—sure enough, a truly cold day—and besides, no one was going to be out of bed at 8:30 on a Saturday for something as silly as barbecue, right?
Asheville’s Underhill Rose perform at HRO last spring. Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch
Across the street from the Old Davidson County Courthouse in Uptown Lexington sits a hidden gem of a place that isn’t quite so hidden anymore.
In recent months, High Rock Outfitters has grown from a small upstart serving up canoes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment with a side of Marley Coffee, to a destination spot for after-five entertainment and the elusive (in Lexington, at least) pint of craft beer.
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Smokey Joe’s Restaurant wants you to believe that it’s a barbecue restaurant, a popular clique to be part of in Lexington. The only problem is that Smokey Joe’s is anything but a barbecue restaurant. Driving up I immediately saw that Smokey Joe’s looked more like a late-night diner than a traditional barbecue restaurant. Walking in, the wood paneling, carpeting, and tchotchkes scream living room decor not barbecue eatery.
A line up of toy trucks
While the coast was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, it became a blessing in disguise for the Big Toy Day, a fundraiser for Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County. Cool, overcast weather and a little wind led to a great turnout, as families from all over the county came out to support local schools and spend the day playing among a wide variety of planes, trucks, and cars.
Cupcakes, cheesecakes, and ice cream ahead!
I don’t know about you, but around here the summer heat really makes us crave sweets. So we set out to find some of the best places in and around Lexington to get that sugar high. Set aside your diet plans for a day and enjoy the sun and some special treats.
Best BBQ Anywhere? Maybe not.
On their sign off Old Highway 52, Speedy’s boasts that it’s the “best BBQ anywhere.” But while it is homey and served with a smile, the quality of the food doesn’t quite live up to this claim.
Due to some technical difficulties, we don’t have a review this week, but here are some events to check out around Davidson county this holiday weekend. Have a fun and safe Fourth!