I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd numbered days each month and John handles the even numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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March 10, 2018 The Beefmastor Inn
Post written by John Rancke
There is a joke around some of the Carolina message boards that anytime someone wants to know where to get the best steak in Chapel Hill, people start suggesting the Beefmastor Inn. Some locals respond and claim they have lived in Chapel Hill or Raleigh or Durham their entire life and have no idea where in Chapel Hill, the Beefmastor Inn is located. Finally someone will say that it is actually located about 70 miles east of downtown Chapel Hill in Wilson North Carolina.
The Beefmastor Inn
2656 US Highway 301 South
Wilson, NC 27893
So what’s the attraction and why does Chapel Hill claim the Beefmastor as a local eating establishment. For one thing it’s a heck of a lot less expensive than Bin 54 in the old Dairy Bar location on 54 East. The old Ranch House is no longer around. People can’t find the Farmhouse out 86 north and the rumors of a snake falling out of the ceiling onto a diner’s plate years ago doesn’t help their business. Doesn’t bother me, I just haven’t made it out there yet. The Outback doesn’t qualify as a good steak place much less great. Sorry guys. Just my personal opinion there. The Angus Barn is outstanding but overly expensive and crowded. Some good ones in Raleigh area. But The Beefmastor has something none of the others do.
How many restaurants can you go to that offer outdoor, out of the back of your car tailgating. Yes, put your name on the list for a table, then retreat to the parking lot, open your trunk, remove your folding chairs and have your favorite beverage right there in the parking lot. There are only 42 seats in the restaurant so plan on a cocktail or two. No bartender to tip, no limit to the varieties of beer or the wine selection. Just what you want to put into your trunk.
There is no menu. The Beefmastor serves rib eye — only rib eye — up to 700 pounds a week. As soon as you are seated at your table, you are greeted with a giant slab of meat on a wooden butcher block. Eight ounces is the standard cut, but you decide how large a steak you desire. You make your selection, how you want it, and you proceed to the salad bar. Homemade dressings and fresh topping but don’t let the Styrofoam bowls holding the toppings turn you off. Excellent salad before the entree.
Each steak comes with baked potato and Texas toast. That’s it. Except for the baked onion that you can add to your order. And just like the Angus Barn, there are checked tablecloths.
Outside the happy hour continues to the sound of passing 18-wheelers passing on US 301. No one is in a hurry on a Friday night. Just friends having a relaxing evening outside a family steakhouse in Eastern North Carolina. Looks like a tailgate outside Carter Finley or Dowdy Stadium on a Saturday evening before the kickoff.
Just don’t ask for a New York Strip, a chicken breast, or anything else you might think of instead of a rib eye. Cause you can’t have it!!
Best steak I’ve ever had. No that would be that porchini mushroom coated rib eye from the Capital Grille in Philadelphia back in 2013. But it’s a great dining experience and worth trying when you are in then Raleigh area or Greenville or anywhere within a 2 hours drive.