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Midwood Smokehouse

1401 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
Category: Food
Award: Best Barbecue - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019. Best New-School Barbecue Joint - 2015, Barbecue Pork in 2017
Year Won: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Pick: Editor's Pick, Voters' Pick

Midwood got a lot of attention last July when former President Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton stopped at the Plaza Midwood location. Naturally, some of that attention was good, and some of it was bad. One newspaper opinion column even claimed that their choice of city barbecue showed the Democrats’ disconnect with rural parts of the state. We see it from another angle: There may be no better sign that a barbecue restaurant has made it in North Carolina than when its smoked hog becomes a matter of political debate.