Lexingtonians take their barbecue very seriously, and with great cause. The famous Lexington style is much more than tender pork with just the right amount of "dip" (tomato/vinegar sauce), it's a finely honed craft mastered and passed down from generations of pitmasters since before the Civil War.
Stop into Bar-B-Q Center and you're very likely to see Sonny Conrad greeting customers, making plates and tending to his famous hickory-wood pit, like he's done every day for 55 years. Sonny's wife, sons and longtime employees live barbecue and know how to keep people coming back for more. On an average week, the Conrad family cooks up dozens of pork shoulders and 15 gallons of dip, along with pounds and pounds of hushpuppies, potato salad and their famous red slaw.
From the secret recipe, to the vintage furnishings, to the old-fashioned curb service and banana splits, the Bar-B-Q Center is a haven of traditional, hometown eating in a world of fast food. Don't let the rustic charm fool you: This legendary establishment has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, "Good Morning America," "Throwdown with Bobby Flay," the Travel Channel and several books.