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Garner explains why Lexington Barbecue is perhaps the best-known barbecue restaurant in the state and beyond. Wayne Monk opened his restaurant in 1962, and today he, his son Rick, and many relatives help to operate it.
Paul \"Speedy\" Lohr opened Speedy's Barbecue as a drive-in in Lexington in 1963. Roy and Boyd Dunn worked at Speedy's since the beginning. Roy and a cousin bought the place from Lohr in the early 1970s. Boyd later bought out the cousin, and the two brothers have run it since 1978 as a restaurant--not a drive-in, though there is still a window where customers can order from outside. Speedy's is well-known for its large servings of Lexington style barbecue.
Although barbeque making declined with the rise of fast food restaurants, there is now a resurgence of the craft. This article features five barbeque restaurants from Texas to New York, including Lexington Barbecue, located in Lexington, North Carolina and operated by the Monk family.