On my ever-going search for good BBQ in Charlotte, I stumbled across a place close to my job called the Old Hickory House Restaurant. After reading a few reviews about it on Yelp, I decided to give it a shot. (Today’s pictures brought to you again by my crappy cell phone camera)
I walk in, and I’m instantly transported back in time. The wood paneling walls and country-style cafe seating give the place a down-home feel.
Immediately after I sit down, the sweetest little old lady came by to take my order. After browsing the menu, I decided on the pork and beef plate with hush puppies and BBQ beans. I requested the pork chopped and the beef sliced. Apparently you can ask for the sauce on the side. However, I forgot to do so. Five minutes after ordering, my food was delivered.
In one word: unremarkable. There were three slices of beef between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. It reminded me more of roast beef than beef brisket. The pork wasn’t terribly dry. None of the meats had any smoke taste or flavor. The beans were pretty bland. There were bits and pieces of the pork dispersed throughout the beans. The best part of the meal was probably the hush puppies. With the exception of one hush puppy (which was probably from an older batch fried up), they were very crisp and not greasy at all.
The service was very friendly, warm, and down-home. If only the food matched that… thus my search for great BBQ continues. This wasn’t it.