Sorry that I didn't see this thread sooner!
I highly recommend Bridge's over Alston Bridge's in Shelby!!! I found Bridge's Q to be moist and tender (even the large chunks) with a slight smoke flavor. The "Lexington" style dip was spooned over the pile of pork and had a slightly sweet taste to it. - On the other hand, I found Alston Bridge's Q to be slightly dry and chewy and chopped a bit too fine for my liking. The dip was good (not sweet) and once again spooned over the pile of pork. The Q-slaw was better at Bridge's, but the hushpuppies were much better at Alston Bridge's.
Just my own humble opinion, but I've rated over 215 Q-joints in North Carolina so far (I still have well over a hundred more to go, at least). On a 1-5 scale with 1 being terrible and 5 being the best ever - Bridge's got a 4.5 and Alston Bridge's received a 3.0.
Anyone out there concurr or disagree?