North Carolina is barbecue country, and when you’re in Gastonia, Ray’s Country Smokehouse-Grill is the place to go – Ray’s really knows how to do meat. Whether you opt for a juicy burger, the country ribs or the chicken, you’ll walk out satisfied – just watch out for greasy fingers. One of Ray’s particular specialties is the beef brisket, a dish that is not often on the menu at a barbecue joint in North Carolina. Don’t forget the pineapple upside-down cake or creamy cheesecake for dessert.
You won’t find a flashy interior or long menu at Miller & Kasper – but rather a carefully-crafted selection of nine hot dogs, sandwiches and daily specials. Will you go with an all-beef hot dog, a bratwurst, or a Polish sausage? And then what about the toppings? The name comes from the owner’s inspiration, a small hot-dog stand in Oakland, California, where he discovered the perfect hot dog.
Miller & Kasper, 101 W Main Ave, Gastonia, NC, USA, +1 704 865 4500
This place may not look like much from the outside, but as the saying goes, the best things come in small packages. Kyle Fletcher’s also operates a catering business, but visitors can stop by for a meal. As you arrive, you’ll be able to smell the hickory smoke, which is what gives the BBQ meat its particular taste. Visitors are also treated to a crash course in North Carolina sports history, as the walls are covered with posters, jerseys and memorabilia. Duke University fans, however, may want to steer clear – there’s a high concentration of arch-rival Carolina blue, from the University of North Carolina.
A North Carolina city would be incomplete without a few good Mexican restaurants, and in Gastonia there is no better place than Tequila’s. Their menu is full of delicious options, although the nacho bowls and the sizzling fajitas might sway you. Tequila’s is rightly one of the county’s most popular Mexican restaurants.
Tequila’s Mexican Grill, 283 W Main Ave, Gastonia, NC, USA, +1 704 867 8050