Some barbecue places (often called joints) come and go. Wilbers of Goldsboro has come and stayed. Wilberdean Shirley has been serving his delicious cue and hush puppies and slaw and potatoes and what-all for half a century, an anniversary last week which he marked by serving barbecue, hush puppies, slaw, potatoes and what-all.
The truth is, Wilbers success, which has now moved into what you might call culinary landmark status, is pretty simple. The fellow puts on a good feed and nobody leaves hungry and in the barbecue tradition, its not all that expensive.
But it can be a status symbol. Gus Gusler of the Players Retreat in Raleigh has his own extensive menu, but when he held a charity golf tournament last year, he considered it a point of pride that dinner came from Wilbers. That boast has been made in mansions and at church picnics.
Thats appropriate. A bite of Wilbers barbecue is said by some to be ... well, heavenly.