I finally made it to Lexington BBQ #1, or HoneyMonks, or whatever it’s called. I had always wanted to go there as they are renowned for their pork. Save perhaps for their giant billboard-like sign (you can’t miss the place), this is your typical southern barbecue joint – the take-out side with folks waiting in their cars, the old formica counters, the legions of loyal patrons, the self-seating, the ultra-quick service. It was definitely one of the top five NC barbecues I’ve had, but I was not blown away. The meat was chopped to bits but not mushy, and was less saucy than I thought it would be, but in a good way. The sauce was nicely subtle, delicate even. I was not a big fan of the “western-NC style” coleslaw, which incorporates the same (or similar) sauce. The flavors of the slaw were a bit muddy to me. The hushpuppies, on the other hand, were fantastic. Nicely cooked, with a creamy, fluffy interior – they were irresistible. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure I’d drive two hours just to eat there. In the world of NC barbecue, Allen & Sons still reigns supreme for me.