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Mar 13, 2007 07:27 AM

Best Barbeque in Richmond, VA

Where? My sister is visiting from Miami and we want some meat! Thanks.

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  1. I like Extra Billy's, though this may be largely because they make a fine beer as well as bbq.

    1. Buz and Ned's on the Boulevard or Benny's on Forest Hill Avenue. I respectfully disagree with the Extra Billy's recommendation.

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      1. re: Janet from Richmond

        I'm sorry, but I have to disagree VERY strongly with the Buz and Ned's rec. I was in Richmond last weekend and got stuck eating there with members of my niece's soccer team. As soon as we got out of the car and got a whiff of the food I asked the Spouse if we could get back in the car and leave.
        The only aroma I could detect was tomato and sugar. I never even knew sugar had a scent until last weekend. The menu was the second tip-off. There was both beef and pork on it. You never see that in a real cue joint. You can do one or the other well but not both. The hushpuppies were burnt on the outside, raw on the inside, and salted! I have never, ever heard of a salted puppy. The last red flag was when I asked the counterman what style of barbecue they served. I was answered "Real BBQ." Uh, dead wrong.
        Unfortunately, the meat lived up to my expectations. The sauce was nothing but concentrated red sugar drowning what might or might not have been decent meat. I'll never know because you couldn't tell what was under all that stuff. And my daughter's fries had a distinct freezer taste to them.
        I don't claim to be a cue expert but I'm a Tidewater native and have lived in NC for quite a while and have eaten cue extensively around NC. I also have an ex-Texan neighbor who makes a mean Texas smoked brisket and I love Memphis dry ribs. Buz and Ned's resembled absolutely none of those. The only thing I can recommend there is the upscale (read "high priced") bottled sodas made with cane sugar rather than corn syrup.

      2. We went to Benny's this afternoon and shared a ribs and barbeque plate-Texas style with the two sides of the day: sweet potatoe casserole and black-eyes peas with stewed tomatoes. The sliced pork was delicious, the sauce was the best we had ever had-vinegar-based but the ribs were just okay. The lemondae was definately from a mix but the pork was SOOO great that I will go back soon for sure.

        1. Alexander's on Claxton between Lauderdale and Patterson in the Far West End is good.