A review of a Brooklyn bar in this week’s New Yorker includes a surprise local connection. Among the bar snacks served at Achilles Heel, a new bar in Greenpoint, are duck mousse, domestic cured hams, and “cult-favorite Methodist peanuts, roasted by the men of the Englewood United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.”
Looks like New Yorkers have been onto these for a while. A 2010 New York Times Magazine article praised the Rocky Mount peanuts as the “best roasted snacking peanuts” around. In 2007, New York magazine ran an article called “Battle of the North Carolina Church Club Peanuts,” pitting the Rocky Mount nuts vs. peanuts from the Methodist Church in Mt. Olive.
I guess we’re known for more than barbecue.