So saith Michael Nagrant (via Grub Street). Helen Rosner thinks he’s trying to start a war, and I don’t disagree, but the comments are thoughtful and well worth reading – especially the part where Nagrant seemingly gives away the game, but in a good way, because I agree:

“I think Eastern North Carolina is probably my favorite region, with places like Wilbers, the Pit, and Allen and Son’s really sticking out.”

FWIW, I can’t recommend Honey 1 highly enough, despite some hate in comments. Here’s what our critics had to say on Nagrant’s other picks: Smoque and Uncle John’s.

Update: I’ve heard that Kansas City actually has the best barbecue so many times that it can’t be discounted, but sadly have never been.