Hungry? We have exactly what you're looking for!
If you are a foodie that wants the real deal Southern style dining, then you will be happy with your choices in Johnston County. Before it was trendy to serve sweet potatoes, or learn how to barbecue a pork shoulder, or find out how sweet the tea can really be...our mothers and grandmothers were teaching us how to be real cooks. Check out our authentic cuisine... and we have shared some "how to" recipes on our site too!
Johnston County has been serving it country-style for over 250 years remaining true to our food traditions. Since the 1700s, area farmers have been growing their vegetables and raising livestock to feed their families; and today our farmers sell their produce at local and state farmer's markets or sell direct to local restaurants. For the real deal southern cookin', we suggest Meadow Restaurant in the Benson area (leave room for homemade cakes and pies), Holt Lake in Smithfield and Parkside's in Pine Level. They are going it right!
For true Eastern style bar-be-cue, visitors to the area will find several well known BBQ restaurants are serving up chopped pork with a vinegar based sauce. Folks around here have their favorites, but we will let you decide...we suggest you try White Swan's, Holt's Lake, Smithfield Chicken & BBQ, Stephenson's BBQ McCall's or Stormin' Norman's BBQ for your taste test. For a sweeter style BBQ sauce, Charlie's BBQ & Grille is a very good choice too!