In 1979 Barbecue Lodge restaurant opened in the Mini City shopping center on Capital Boulevard in North Raleigh. That strip mall was a shopping Mecca for years, but has since seen larger and more modern centers go up all around it.
However, Barbecue Lodge has stood strong, aided by the fact it’s one of the only barbecue joints in Northern Wake County. Its no frills approach to southern comfort food, combined with an extensive menu, for barbecue restaurant standards, pleases the original customers and groups of new ones.
Barbecue Lodge’s finely chopped pork barbecue is tender, moist and the portions are large. Smoke isn’t used in the cooking process to take it to the next level, but the ‘cue is solid despite this. Barbecue pork ribs are served on Mondays and Tuesdays, while all you can eat barbecue beef ribs with two sides is Wednesday’s special for only $8.50.
Family style all you can eat dinners are available at Barbecue Lodge featuring their fried chicken, barbecue and a few seafood items. This is a great way to feed the whole family and allow your group get as much of their favorites as they can stand.
Speaking of seafood, Barbecue Lodge fries up a lot of it. Shrimp, flounder, trout and oysters (when in season) make their way into several menu items. Shrimp and Oyster burgers are a classic that you’ll often find along the North Carolina coast, but they rarely make their way as far inland as Raleigh. The oyster burger shows up in a big way at Barbecue Lodge. There are as many crispy fried oysters overflowing onto your plate as there are stuffed into the sandwich. Not large or as juicy as you would find on the coast, but they definitely provide an oyster fix.
Fried pork chops and chicken pastry are also among the specialties Barbecue Lodge boasts. Take out breakfast is served seven days a week, and they open the dining room Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Each day of the week there are about six side items available. Macaroni and cheese lovers will want to make a Friday trip, and corn pudding fans a Saturday one. Barbecue Lodge’s coleslaw is sweet, tangy and has more mustard than mayonnaise (if any). While tasty, it’s not the most common style around, so make sure you like it before ordering it as a full side.
Hushpuppies are served hot and are light and fluffy with a hint of onion. The real gem at Barbecue Lodge is the corn sticks. They are long sticks of corn meal deep fried until they get a nice crunchy crust. Both are served with most meals.
The dining room is reminiscent of the style of that time, large and fairly plain. The service is friendly and like most barbecue restaurants, the food comes out quickly.
Barbecue Lodge has its catering menu posted online, but changes might have been made since. The current menu can be viewed within the slideshow for this posting.