Carolina Panthers fans tend to be independent thinkers and do not rely heavily on local restaurants or bars to supply picnic baskets for tailgating. Most people dine on homemade feasts out of the back of their SUV or RV and a lot of the actual cooking (or BBQing) is done right in the parking lots before the game.
But what about those folks who don’t plan ahead or who make a last-minute decision on game day to head out for a tailgate? There are a few options in Charlotte to help make your party as tasty as possible.
Located in the Historic South End of the Queen City, Sauceman’s Lexington-style BBQ offers an excellent tailgate party package for hungry Panthers fans. For $38, the generous carry-out meal includes two pounds of chopped or coarse-chopped pork, six buns, a quart of white or red slaw, a quart of beans, 16 ounces of BBQ sauce, one side and a gallon of sweet tea. But just in case you want a whole hog, Sauceman’s can prepare that for you as well. It is closed on Sundays, so you’ll need to remember to order and pick up your food on Saturday.
Bojangles’, the southeast region’s fast food restaurant, offers an eight-piece tailgate special called the Bo Buzz that is inexpensive, easy to carry and tastes great. The meal contains eight pieces of chicken, four biscuits, two sides and a half-gallon of tea, and will easily feed a family of four.
Not only is it convenient, but at $18, this tailgate picnic leaves plenty of money for a couple six packs of beer to help wash it all down. If you have a little extra time to prepare for your tailgate, consider stopping by Price’s Chicken Coop in the South End of Charlotte and pick up some of its famous fried chicken and hush puppies. Bring cash as Price’s does not accept any other payment, and plan on picking it up on Saturday, as it is closed on Sunday.
For discerning tailgaters who prefer fancy food over fast food, stop into any of the local Harris Teeter supermarkets and load up on gourmet cheeses, salad bar fixings, prepackaged fruits and veggies, as well as a wide selection of meat for grilling. In less than 20 minutes, you can pile your cart up with all the proper picnic supplies, grab a few bottles of wine and some beer and be on your way to pre-game fun.
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S.L. Schmitz is a published author living in Charlotte. More of her work can be found at Examiner.com.