After checking out the sights, sounds, and events along the African American Music Trails you might want to explore the crop of casual and upscale restaurants that have sprouted along the way.

Food writer and cookbook author Bridgette A. Lacy hit the road for us to sample some of the local cuisine. She enjoyed food, interviewed chefs and talked to customers in KinstonGoldsboroGreenville and Rocky Mount.

Bridgette A. Lacy is an award-winning journalist with a public love affair with food and culture. She authored a column “Morsels” for The News & Observer in Raleigh for many years and writes about food, chefs and culinary trends for The Independent Weekly.