After the most recent rib thread, I've put Andy Nelson's at the top of my "to do" list.
What do you think about going there for dinner? (if it closes at 8, do people still go at 7, or is it already starting to wind down?)
And most importantly: what is the definitive first thing to try?
Dinner should be fine. You order at the counter and grab your tray when they call your number, so time shouldn't be a problem at all.
The ribs are great, dry rub or sauced. I personally enjoy the pulled pork. There are an array of sauces on the tables, my favorite is the one that is mustard based.
As far as the sides go, I think the potato salad is amazing. The beans and cornbread are superb, too.
But then again, I'm slightly biased because I haven't had a bad meal there.
I want to like Andy Nelson's but the several times I've been have been disappointing. I couldn't eat the pulled pork the last time I ordered it because the texture and flavor were so off. The baked beans are incredibly sweet and full of vegetables-not my cup of tea. Lot's of people apparently love this place but I don't get it. Or maybe I'm ordering the wrong things.
The beef brisket sandwich can't be beat! They've had some excellent homemade desserts of late, too. The desserts vary from day to day; their fresh peach cobbler is not to be missed! BTW, be sure and park on their parking lot - a coworker recently got towed when parked on an adjacent lot.
They sometimes have a buffet on Fridays. You order at the counter (two meats and two sides at a time) so the food doesn't die on a steam table. Though not every menu item is included, most items are and it wasn't a bad deal at $14 or so. AND it included a heaping bowl of the peach cobbler.
If they aren't doing the buffet, the pulled pork, cornbread, and wet ribs are my favorites.
I've posted this before, but I'll reiterate it. I don't think the buffet is a good deal at all, given that no matter what I've ordered (and I've had just about everything on the menu), I can't eat more than $10 worth of food at one sitting. I can eat quite a bit, too.
That minor quibble aside, I love Andy's. Ate there last night, in fact, and got a deconstructed pulled pork sandwich for lunch today. The baked beans are the best I've ever had.
You are right Jon that the buffet is not a great deal. I should have written that it's good for first timers who may want to try most everything on the menu which one couldn't do with out spending a lot more money.
On all my subsequent trips, I have barely been able to finish a regular combo platter. Though I always manage : )
Yes, you can't go wrong with the above suggestions. The brisket and beef barbecue are terrific. However, you might ask for a taste of the beans before ordering them. They are on the odd side, with hot pepper being the main flavor. The cole slaw, too, could be sweeter for my taste, but again, that's a matter of personal preference. There are specials on certain days. The smoked catfish on Fridays is outstanding if you enjoy other smoked fish, and I have heard raves about the Carolina chicken (Monday?), which features that nice mustard sauce you've read about. I'm looking forward to trying the ribs and cornbread.
Thanks for all of the advice!
I went for dinner last night and am in love!
We ended up splitting the brisket sandwich and wet ribs with potato salad and greens.
The brisket (with mustard-based sauce and horseradish) and ribs were both amazing.
I'm not a huge potato salad fan, but this was good, if only the spices used didn't give the mayo a muddied appearance.
The biggest dissapointment was the cornbread: mainly that they didn't have enough left for us to get 2 orders to take home... i may have to go back if only for that...
I just wanted to update this thread and note that the all you can eat option is on Monday nights now, from 5pm to 8pm. It seems this will be the case through football season.
I went this past Monday night. The food was bedarded good and the seating outside or in the garage was perfect on a gorgeous night.
I agree with the posts above, that unless you are a teenage boy, you can probably do just fine ordering off the regular menu. That said, I have been there MANY times and have never ordered the chicken because I think I will always regret not getting the pork or the brisket or the ribs. So I got the buffet this time, made a plate of a sizeable heep of the pork on top of coleslaw (no bun, helps to save room) and a piece of the chicken. The chicken was REALLY good (not much of a surprise I guess). They also had some spicy, but not quite buffalo, wings on the buffet that were not on the menu. A side of those ridiculous beans and some peach cobbler with ice cream and I had to be rolled out of the place.
Price of the buffet was $16, if I remember correctly.
Andy Nelsons Southern Pit Barbecue
11007 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030