1. Barbecue at Clyde Cooper’s
Barbecue is a religion in North Carolina, with factions and wars breaking throughout the state’s history. North Carolina is known for both Lexington and Eastern styles of barbecue. Lexington barbecue only uses the pork shoulder and relies on a red, sauce-based style seasoned with ketchup, vinegar and pepper for flavor. It’s common to the central and western parts of the state. And Eastern Style is vinegar and pepper-based barbecue that cooks everything on a pig from the “rooter to the tooter.”
The only place to really eat barbecue in Raleigh is Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque. Established in 1938, Clyde Cooper’s is a city and state treasure serving “Carolina-Style Barbeque.” Top lean pork shoulders and hams are slow-cooked “until they are meltingly tender, mixed with a splash of our own tasty Barbeque sauce.” This place really is belly-rubbing, finger-licking, lip-smacking good.