Day 2 (Odometer Reading: 150394)
With a 12 hour-drive ahead of us from Lafayette, IN to Ayden, NC, we were concerned that we may miss out on discovering any BBQ for the day. Fortunately, a billboard outside of Lebanon, IN threw us in the direction of Parky’s Smokehouse. Since the restaurant was voted the “Best Casual Dining” in 2011 Boone County People’s Choice Awards, we thought we would give it a try.
The décor was nice but didn’t seem fitting of a typical BBQ restaurant. However, we did enjoy some of the details such as fun murals (which were painted by a former employee) and sassy sayings on the bathroom walls. We particularly liked their hours sign, which stated “Open at 11…Closed Several Hours Later.”
We were warmly greeted by the staff Sarah and Dana (we hope we spelled your names correctly!) and had a wonderful time chatting with them about the area.
Parky’s Smokehouse’s menu was quite extensive; so we let Sarah, our waitress, help us with our selections. We enjoyed The Barbecue Blast, which included a quarter rack of ribs, a white or dark chicken quarter, pulled pork, brisket, turkey breast and smoked sausage. We also ordered the Battle of the Champion Pork Loin. For every Battle of the BBQ pork loin sold, a donation is made to the Boone County Cancer Society! We finished our meal with a Bread Pudding with a Praline Sauce and a scoop of local Vanilla Ice Cream.
We left Parky’s Smokehouse very satisfied with full tummies and enlightened by the wonderful service!
We decided that the BBQ plate with easy description was a bit of genius.
Written by Sarah