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North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries: a Traveler’s Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints by D. G. Martin

UNC Press
$16.00, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-469630144
October, 2016
Nonfiction: Dining
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“From barbecue to Greek, chances are that you’ll find your favorite restaurant hereand more than a few to discover. Published in a nice format and size to put in the glove box for the seasoned and unseasoned traveler.”
Mountain Times

“Martin wants . . . us to take his guide and have our own adventures. . . . He encourages readers to go a little out of their way to be greeted like an old friend at one of these places even if it’s your first visit.”
—Bridgette Lacy, The News & Observer in Raleigh

"I’ve had the good fortune to have D. G. as my personal guide to some of the fine eateries in this book. I’m grateful to him for introducing me not only to so many memorable meals but also to the many fine local people and places that I’ve come to treasure."
—Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain

Want to eat like the locals? D. G. Martin has spent years traveling the major roadways of North Carolina, on the lookout for community, local history, and, of course, a good home-cooked meal. Here D. G. is your personal tour guide to more than 100 notable local roadway haunts that serve not only as places to eat but also as fixtures of their communities.

  • Features locally owned and time-tested community favorites
  • Covers a range of food tastes from BBQ joints and country kitchens to Mexican restaurants and Greek diners
  • Introduces diners to the restaurant owners and locals who make these places unique
  • Includes current contact information, hours, directions
  • Features nearby points of interest to explore after eating

This handy reference to good food just off North Carolina’s interstates should find a spot in every Tar Heel traveler’s glove compartment.

D. G. Martin is a newspaper columnist and the current host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch.

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