Fowler’s Southern Gourmet—a lunch eatery located on the outskirts of downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina—should be on the radar of anyone who’s a fan of family-owned barbecue joints. From its journey as a food truck to a darling brick-and-mortar site, Fowler’s has gained such a following among locals and out-of-town visitors that Our State Magazine made it their featured restaurant in March 2019 with their “Fowler’s Southern Gourmet in Fayetteville” piece. The writer of that article made sure to inform Our State’s readers about Fowler’s practice of buying meat and many products direct from farms, most of which are in North Carolina.
I could go into a lot of detail about the smoked meats you’ll find on their sandwiches, plates, and salads, but I’ll just highlight the one that made me fall in love with their cuisine two years ago. On my first visit to Fowler’s, I ordered The Boss—a smoked brisket sandwich, topped with a creamy slaw, that was an instant, nostalgic reminder of both my Texas roots and my adopted home state of North Carolina. On their menu today, you’ll find that same epic sandwich, plus a wide variety of side dishes that cover the gamut of Southerners’ favorite sides: potato salad, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and more.
Now, I can’t tell you what to order on your first visit to Fowler’s; however, I will tell you, just like any barbecue eatery worth its salt, everything is made fresh on the day of, in limited quantities, and the early bird gets the worm here! Open Tue. – Sat., 11 am – 2 pm.
Directions to Fowler’s Southern Gourmet
From I-95 Southbound: Exit 52A-52B, then NC 24 west 5.6 mi. to Fowler’s
From I-95 Northbound: Exit 46A-46B, then NC 87 west 7.7 mi. to Fowler’s
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