Earlier this month, USA Today published a list of what it said were the 10-Best barbecue restaurants in North Carolina. Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge on E. Dixon Blvd. in Shelby was their choice for #1; but the readers of USA Today only got to choose from a list of 20 nominees their judges had chosen for the poll.
Many newspapers and magazines compile similar lists of retail businesses judged the 'Best Of' in their area. In many cases, to participate, businesses either have to be advertisers with the publication or pay an entry fee.
The Lincoln Herald is going to do our own 'Best Of' for our area--and since the USA Today list has just come out, we might as well begin with barbecue. There's no entry fee; and the winner can be any restaurant that serves barbecue (or bbq if you prefer) in any form--pork, beef, chicken; sandwiches, briskets, ribs--at a location in our service area: Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties. They don't have to be primarily a barbecue restaurant; they just need to sell barbecue in one form or another.
To nominate a restaurant, you can send us an email at email@example.com or comment on Facebook on this or other articles posted there about the competition. The winning restaurant will be given a month's free advertising on the Lincoln Herald website--a $500 value. The winner will be decided by our judges based on the comments we receive from readers (not necessarily the total number of votes for a particular restaurant).
So go have some 'cue...and tell us which place in our area has the best. From all the commenters, we'll choose one for a free meal at their favorite BBQ place.
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