A new barbecue joint is bringing a taste of the Tarheel State to York County.
Carolina BBQ & Seafood opened on George Washington Memorial Highway in Grafton in mid-January, where Holy Mackarel closed in December.
The restaurant’s main offerings are in its name — barbecue and seafood, served buffet-style.
Owner Buddy Myers said the restaurant will have more than 50 buffet items and 15 entrees at a time, including chopped barbecue, barbecue ribs, fried and grilled pork chops, fried chicken, croaker, catfish, crab cakes, fried shrimp, fried flounder and more.
“We’re really proud of our barbecue,” Myers said. “That’s what we hang our hats on.”
Their barbecue sauce is made in house and in the Carolina tradition of using a vinegar base.
“This is good old Carolina barbecue,” Myers said. “I brought a gentleman up from North Carolina that really knows how to cook barbecue.”
Carolina BBQ’s dinner and Sunday menu will also feature roast beef and oysters. The new restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with lunch costing $8.99 and dinner $10.99.
There are two Carolina BBQ locations in North Carolina; Myers said he founded them and sold them to his business partner.
The Grafton buffet will also feature ten vegetables at any one time, such as cabbage and corn, as well as another Carolina staple, collard greens. Myers said he knows Virginians love barbecue, but few pair theirs with collard greens, as is the custom in North Carolina.
“They’re the best collard greens guaranteed in the state of Virginia,” Myers said.