LEXINGTON – A local barbecue restaurant smokes the competition outside of Rave Review’s top 50.

Lexington Barbecue was named one of the 50 most iconic restaurants in the U.S.

Rave Reviews is a ranking website that uses data-driven analysis from websites like Business Insider, Trip Advisor and Open Table.

Restaurant reviews say Lexington Barbecue is a “longtime fixture” and a restaurant to be “enjoyed and treasured.”

“Lexington Barbecue is a tradition passed down for several generations now,” said employee Keith Wright. “And so we have several in the family that have been in this business for years and years and years. It’s kind of a family tradition. I think it kind of gets in your blood.”

Fearrington House Restaurant in Pittsboro also made the list.