GF Menu: No.
What I ate: Regular BBQ Platter
How to order it: This platter comes with BBQ pork, cole slaw, potato salad, and hush puppies. I asked them to leave off the puppies since they are made from a mix that includes wheat flour. I enjoyed the sides of fries and Brunswick Stew.
Note of caution for those who are very sensitive to gluten: I spoke with the manager of this location, Travis Carrier-Field, about the stew. The Brunswick Stew is made from the fried chicken that does not get served within thirty minutes of preparation. The fried skins are removed and the meat is then incorporated into the stew. Due to this process, this stew may contain trace amounts of gluten.
What it looks like:
Regular BBQ Platter with fries and Brunswick Stew (see important note above). This pulled pork is served juicy and hot, with a NC-style vinegar-base sauce complete with occasional red pepper flakes. More SCNB sauce and Texas Pete (ironically, this is made in Winston-Salem, NC) are available on the table for those who crave a little more kick.
Green Note: They incorporate their extra fried chicken into their stews daily, rather than throwing it out.
As you can see from the picture, though, Smithfield’s, like many high-volume restaurants, serves their food and drinks in styrofoam. I hope that they, and others, will begin to investigate alternatives. When you think of the number of people who dine at this very popular establishment every day, a simple purchasing switch like this could have an enormous impact. We love them for their food, extraordinarily polite service, and all those Ava Gardner (local movie celebrity from Smithfield, NC) movie posters hanging on the restaurant walls, but imagine how much more we could love a “greener” plate of BBQ!