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crystalginger Dec 6, 2007 10:14 AM

After it appeared that Rocklands did not intend to re-open on Washington Street in Ballston by Fall 2006, I had basically given up on being able to walk to get BBQ. However, this weekend when I was at the Giant across the street, I noticed that someone had finally begun to work on the interior of the new location and it had barstools and a small window seating area in place. Does anyone know anything about their progress and when they may open?

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    crystalginger Dec 6, 2007 10:21 AM

    Well I clearly asked without doing research. As it turns out it opened yesterday, as their website mentions. http://www.rocklands.com/

    I'll head on over there asap and report back!

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      jaydreb Dec 6, 2007 11:18 AM

      Cool. I live right down and the road and have been waiting for this place to finally open. They've pushed back the opening date multiple times.

      Let us know how it goes.

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        MikeR Dec 6, 2007 12:14 PM

        Wow! That was quick!

        I was just at the Outdoor Adventure store next door on Monday and walked across the parking lot to see if Rocklands was open and I saw a couple of people installing lights and it looked like there was about a week's worth of junk to be cleared out.

        The web site says "we WILL be open December 5." With the sloppy weather and the mess inside, I wonder if they made it.

        I'll have to stop by soon, but I think I'll wait a week or so for the grill to at least get black.

      2. ktmoomau Dec 6, 2007 12:50 PM

        They are open, they have had the building for such a long time I was surprised they weren't planning on opening sooner. I will have to retry the BBQ I always found it rather fatty in the past. And not all that great, but they are close. I am sad they painted over the cat, but at least they replaced it with another mural, but one not so easy to give as landmark directions to people.

        1. monavano Dec 7, 2007 09:09 AM

          I'm anxious to hear your opinions of the new Rocklands. I live very close to the Alexandria but haven't got their food in a very long time. Which tells of my opinion...;-)

          1. Gonzocook Dec 7, 2007 10:27 AM

            Just went there for lunch. Admittedly, this wasn't a fair sampling of their menu, but my conclusion thus far is: Bleccch! Insipid sweet sauce on a chopped pork sandwich that managed to be both greasy and watery (and with terrible bread); some of the worst mac and cheese I've ever had, and that includes the high school cafeteria, circa 1959.

            The Diet Coke, however, was excellent.

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              Steve Dec 7, 2007 11:39 AM

              Well, I can't prove to anyone over the internet that the sauce at Rocklands is NOT "insipid sweet," but I can say there is some spiciness and tang to it - what I would call a pretty good level. The pork on my sandwich was not wet at all, but I've had more flavorful by a long shot. At the location in Georgetown, they will let you order sliced pork, which has always been a major step up from their chopped sandwich. It i served on a hamburger-style bun, like many of the great bbq sandwiches of the south, nothing fancier than that. All-in-all, a pretty good effort and I'm glad it's in the 'hood. I will be back for their ribs.

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                crystalginger Feb 21, 2008 10:32 AM

                I've been twice since it opened now and although it's definitely not the best BBQ ever, I like it and I'm happy to have it back in the neighborhood. They have a big pot of sauce off to the side by the soda machine so you can pack some up to bring home with your takeout or have extra on the side if you're so inclined. The atmosphere of the place is homey and inviting, and I love the cute little bar area off to the side. I do wonder if it's the kind of place you'd actually go to just to get a drink, but hopefully they'll do well! When I went, there was a line of about 15 people just to get takeout, so I guess they're off to a good start.

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                  Steve Feb 21, 2008 05:37 PM

                  I've been there three times recently. The sliced pork is by far their best sandwich.

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