Nunnery-Freeman Barbecue may be one of your last chances to get traditional North Carolina barbecue if you’re driving north into Virginia. And it may be your first chance to tank up when you return home from somewhere up north. Some people would say it’s your best chance as well. This restaurant has a big fan base in North Carolina even though it does not cook its barbecue in a pit. In fact Nunnery-Freeman is the reason a lot of North Carolina barbecue restaurants no longer cook over wood. The Nunnery-Freeman folks invented an electric cooker that is sold all over world. If you are missing Gary’s Barbecue, which operated nearby, Gary Freeman, son of the inventor, recently merged the two restaurants at the Nunnery-Freeman location.
Hrs: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Northbound: Take Exit 215 (U.S. Hwy. 158). Northbound: Turn L on U.S. Hwy. 158 (Norlina Road). Go a few hundred yards.
Southbound: Turn L onto Parhman Road, and go a few hundred yards, and cross U.S. Hwy. 158 (Norlina Road). Nunnery-Freeman is on the R.
Interstate Eateries is published by Our State magazine.