L&D Grill (2620 Angier Ave.) is easily in my top five places that I never would have discovered if it weren’t for this blog forcing me to try everything. If you can’t read it, the sign says “YOU’RE IN HOT DOG COUNTRY. Try one of ours & U will FRANK us for the MEMORY.” After a sign like that, the food didn’t even have to be any good for me to love the place.
But the food was wonderful anyway! Also, it was a feast for four that cost $18 total (that’s two hot dogs, a pork chop sandwich, fried chicken, a bbq sandwich, two desserts and two sodas (Cheerwine!)).
The sauce on the bbq sandwich was light to nonexistent (maybe I was supposed to request that separately) but the Q-coleslaw combo was delicious anyway–a great spicy/sweet balance. I’m not a bbq purist so I can’t vouch for it’s authenticity, but I can say that I would eat the hell out of it again.
My favorite dish, on multiple levels, was the fried chicken “sandwich.” Actually, it’s a drumstick and a thigh placed in between two pieces of bread. Clearly, it would be impossible to eat as a sandwich. Is this a customary way to serve fried chicken that I’ve never seen before? Anyway, the chicken was amazing (we didn’t eat the bread). It was crispy and peppery and not too greasy, without being at all dry. Maybe the bread’s function is to wick away extra grease?
We were, indeed, FRANKful for the hotdogs we experienced. We got them with chili, mustard and onions, but the dogs themselves were delicious and just the right red/pink color.
The fried pork chop (also in sandwich form despite a huge bone in the middle) was another favorite. We got it with hot sauce but it was extremely flavorful on its own.
For dessert we got an apple pie (McDonald’s style) that was pretty good and a slice of chocolate pie that was wonderfully rich and delicious.
There’s not really anywhere to eat inside, though there is this adorable little room that has a bench–we weren’t sure it was for the public so we just photographed the cute (if nonsensical) hot dog sign and took our food to go.
This was a lovely trip to East Durham. I recommend checking out the beautiful old buildings along Angier Ave. and reading about them on Endangered Durham.