Are you ready for a big surprise? The best fried chicken in North Carolina is made at B&B Royal, in Hildebran. This small-town eatery is also a gas station, but don’t let that stop you from eating there. The space is clean with some inside seating and the menu offers a variety of side dishes, sandwiches, and extras. But the well-seasoned potato wedges, offering a nice crunch with a tender middle, are a fan favorite along with the exceptional fried chicken. Check out the B&B Royal in Hildebran’s menu today and taste for yourself.

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Are you convinced you should drive on over to B&B Royal in Hildebran for the best fried chicken in North Carolina? While you are there, be sure to visit the historic Henry River Mill Village about 10 minutes away in Hickory, to learn some interesting facts about the area.

If you want to explore more of your state without breaking the bank, visiting local restaurants while enjoying a staycation is one great way to do just that! We’ve even put together a list of the best things to do on a staycation so you can be sure to stay entertained without straying too far from home.

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Good Eats In North Carolina

Are there any food themed road trips in North Carolina that I can go on? 

If you want to see all that our beautiful state has to offer while also sampling some of the best food around, take a look at these food-themed road trips through North Carolina:

What are the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in North Carolina? 

The best way to eat like to locals is by seeking out the hole-in-the-wall restaurants in North Carolina. They may not look like much from the outside but the food is sure to blow you away. Here are a few of the best:

  • Pik N Pig in Carthage
  • Hap's in Salisbury
  • Granny's in Cherokee
  • Keaton's Barbecue in Cleveland
  • El's Drive-In in Morehead City
  • Provision Company in Southport
  • Sugar Plum Shoppe in Wilson
  • Bill's Hot Dog Stand in Washington
  • Grady's Barbecue in Dudley

Which classic North Carolina foods do I need to try? 

There is so much great food throughout the state, here are a few of the most beloved North Carolina foods that you need to try while you're here:

  • Fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese
  • Cheerwine donuts from Krispy Kreme
  • Shrimp n' grits
  • Carolina-style hotdogs and hamburgers (with chili, onions, and cheese.)
  • Cheerwine ice cream float