Ask grizzled Tar Boilers what they like to eat and they will tell tall tales of munching gargantuan portions of caesar salads or club sandwiches at venerable diners and canteens around Monroe, North Carolina. These obsolete institutions now fill the history books over at UNC, Davidson College and NC State but their memories live on. Way back before these citizens even marked on the calendar, this village was finding extraordinary, legitimate means to satisfy the voracious masses.
The original pioneers in the South were brave gals and guys who had to toil in the soil and waterways to get any eggplant and bokchoy by harvest time, or supper time for that matter. Many Tar Boilers of yesteryear eked out an existance as upbeat but destitute peasants. They slurped up foul servings of food and if they were fortunate, maybe some stale take on potatoes too. Any meats were only consumed during or by the rich.
It is a big mistake to discount this area. It is not the boondocks! Generally speaking, around Pender, Guilford and Robeson counties, the humans may laud their chowders, steaks, sushi and soups when they taste slightly sweet. But in this hamlet, savory and sour remain the beloved choice.
The explorers who want to truly understand the evolving culture in this neighborhood must try its hip dining establishments. There was a period when it seemed like dining out in Monroe, North Carolina was limited to places like Papa John’s Pizza. There are folks who still love that type of nourishment. But those days are mostly part of the old school history now.
The food is ever so aromatic here because the chefs give AF about their craft. All North Carolinians feel joy for their gastronomic heritage. It’s a true pleasure to witness.
We have recognized the finest restaurants to uncover and trace the changing gastronomy of the Old North State. If we had to call out one healthy restaurant, number five on this list is a outstanding place for beginners touring the foods of the South. It is very probably that you will heart these eateries as much as honest Tar Boilers do.
Taqueria La Unica
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1621 Walkup Ave
Monroe, NC 28110