After a few stops in CT we headed onto Hagerstown MD. And dined at Schmankerl Stube a very nice authentic Bavarian restaurant. Food-wise there were some hits and misses. The Beer was very fresh (got to love a place that serves 5 Liter glasses of beer) and the Pork Shank was just awesome... super tender with nice cracklins which we dipped in house made mustards... it was almost the size of a picnic shoulder!
The next morning at 5am we found a local Amish market, but unfortunately the stand that sold fresh churned butter (the main thing we wanted) was not yet open...
Along 81 in Virginia we found a great hot dog joint Skeeters... great chili dogs and I liked "the works" which had onion, mustard, cheese sauce, chili and slaw. I enjoyed three of these (or was it four?)
After taking delivery on our new Jambo Pit in Knoxville TN (I'll add a separate post on that) we headed east across North Carolina and stopped in Lexington and ate at Lexington #1 and the Barbecue Center. I love the simplicity of NC style BBQ... basically pork, salt, vinegar and oak/hickory. The pork was better at #1 which had a wonderful smoky flavor where the BBQ Center was a bit blander. BBQ Center may have had the better hushpuppy. We ordered an extra pound of pork and a couple orders of hushpuppies to go and ate that for breakfast in the car ride home.