My breakfast the next day was very good, shrimp and grits, good flavour and nicely cooked. Simon’s fried breakfast however wasn’t on the mark. Sour sausages and bacon were not good, and all a bit lukewarm. Strange really as were the only people having breakfast at the time.
Colin shows us his new piece of kit a pressurised deep fryer. Nothing really new in that (KFC have used them for years) but now you can buy them for home or semi-professional use. He demonstrates it to us, cooking 14 buttermilk marinated chicken thighs in 15 minutes from scratch. The difference is incredible, soft crisp, perfectly cooked and not greasy at all. Simon is so impressed; he orders one for his business that day and by the time he’s home it will be there!!!
Fearrington House 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC 27312 Tel: US-919-542-2121
Allen & Sons
It's weird, I have been visiting Fearrington for 25 years, but never set foot in this place. Strange when its slap bang next to the village.
This is real East North Carolina bbq, simple and straight to the point in this no fuss restaurant. There are very few dishes to choose from, long slow smoked pork or ribs are the real deal here. Its served-on prison style, portioned plates. Proper, and I mean by that long slow smoked pork is served with slaw, again just cabbage and vinegar dressing and hush puppies. Beans and fries are an extra in this part of NC. It's simple and thoroughly delicious. Simon Sweet tea is the preferred drink here, not my favourite. On the whole a very, very nice lunch.
After lunch, we had a guided tour around the smokery and the full family history. The original pits are still there, blackened over many years of smoking. Modern kit now has taken over some of the process, but the same basic principles are still adhered to very strictly.
Allen & Son Barbeque 6203 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill NC Tel: US-919 942-7576