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bythebayov Jul 30, 2008 07:39 PM

What's your favorite VA BBQ joint?

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    Cameraman Jul 30, 2008 07:52 PM

    The Silver Pig in Monroe VA. They do a killer East Carolina style pulled pork that's smoked out back. Great slaw. Great hushpuppies. Good peach cobbler. I very rarely order pulled pork now because after the Silver Pig oher places always dissapoint.

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    1. re: Cameraman
      bythebayov Jul 30, 2008 07:58 PM

      will have to check it out...I really liked a place in Yorktown called the county grill? there are 2 locations...the one in Yorktown was really good! Thanks for the post!

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        Hushpuppy Jul 31, 2008 12:06 PM

        Isn't Silver Pig Barbecue in Madison Heights?

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          Cameraman Jul 31, 2008 06:44 PM

          You are correct. My bad. I left Lynchburg a year ago and the details are starting to fade.

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        AMFM Jul 30, 2008 08:27 PM

        i like both buzz & ned's and TD's Smokehouse in Richmond. Buzz & Ned's has great ribs and sides - especially collards, bourbon apples, mac & cheese, hush puppies. TDs has great pulled pork and smoked chicken and yummy green beans. MMMMMM.....
        will have to check out the others as well.

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          Janet from Richmond Jul 31, 2008 05:40 AM

          I like Buz & Ned's and Benny BBQ on Forest Hill. Keep wanting to try TD's but haven't had the chance. I think Grandpa Eddie's is overrated but am used to being the cheese standing alone when it comes to some of the darlings or Richmond restaurants :-)

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            AMFM Jul 31, 2008 06:41 AM

            Haven't been there yet but know the owners and they are really nice - so I know I'll want to like it! :)

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              AMFM Sep 13, 2008 09:05 PM

              so we finally made it. i actually thought the ribs and pork were pretty good. i thought the smoked wings were fabulous. the chicken was "eh". the sides were pretty dreadful - except the cornbread which was tasty. i'd go back for wings and bbq sandwiches but not big platters. i think it was definitely a case of doing some things better than others.

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            hhutchi25 Oct 30, 2008 03:12 PM

            Buzz and Ned's is fabulous,but a bit pricey BBQ)!! Good beer selection too! TD Smokehouse is a complete letdown, bad service, and dirty. Buzz and Ned's is RIC'S best BBQ!!!!

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              AMFM Nov 4, 2008 05:02 AM

              it's not really a service place. interesting. never noticed it to be dirty but i haven't been in a while. hope it hasn't gone downhill.

          3. wb247 Jul 31, 2008 04:15 AM

            The VA Pork Festival in Emporia never disappoints. Open bar might have something to do with that, though.

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              bythebayov Jul 31, 2008 07:21 AM

              When is this? thanks!

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                wb247 Sep 12, 2008 12:10 AM

                Sorry for taking so long to reply. It's always the 2nd wednesday in June. Check out: http://www.vaporkfestival.com/

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              fcbaldwin Jul 31, 2008 04:50 AM

              I think my favorite is Cowling's on Rt. 460 in Waverly, VA. They smoke it out back in a log burner building. Sides are decent as well.
              Frank

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              1. re: fcbaldwin
                bythebayov Jul 31, 2008 07:21 AM

                Is this near Petersburg of Suffolk? thanks!

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                  fcbaldwin Jul 31, 2008 08:30 AM

                  It's just about midway between Petersburg and Suffolk. If you know where the Virginia Diner is in Wakefield, Cowling's BBQ is maybe 5 miles west of that. Like so many "real" barbecue places, the menu is sort of limited. They do have fried chicken, but I go there for the 'Q. They have their own vinegar based sauce but it's on the side...you add it yourself if you want it.
                  Frank

                  1. re: fcbaldwin
                    bythebayov Jul 31, 2008 12:04 PM

                    hi frank, thanks for checking out the blog and for the nice comments...means alot, as for the bbq joint, what do you order...are you a traditional pulled pork kinda guy? What do you recommend?
                    :) Julia
                    ps. will prob check it out this sun (if they are open on sudays if not in the near future...my mother in law lives in Petersburg and we take 460 from orf to get there)

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                      fcbaldwin Jul 31, 2008 12:18 PM

                      Julia, your site is great! I love the pictures of the dishes and thanks for the recipes...my wife is the cook and I've referred her to it.
                      Cowling's is open Sundays and there is usually a sizable after church crowd. I always order the "deluxe" pulled/chopped pork sandwich plate, which includes cole slaw and fries. Pretty basic. We usually also share an order of their onion rings, which are made from scratch there and wonderful. You will hear the guy chop-choping the Q behind the counter.
                      Frank

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                        bythebayov Jul 31, 2008 12:36 PM

                        sounds like heaven!! I've gotta try it and will def order the deluxe plate and some o-rings :)
                        J

              2. Hushpuppy Jul 31, 2008 10:15 AM

                I agree with previous posters. Silver Pig and Cowling's are pretty good. Sadly, the best one of 'em all, Wallace Brothers Barbecue in Lambsburg, closed two years ago.

                1. ccbweb Jul 31, 2008 11:59 AM

                  I don't honestly know a lot about barbecue in terms of what the generally accepted hallmarks of greatness are supposed to be. I do love pulled pork and my favorite sandwiches are at Jinx' Pit's Top Barbeque in Charlottesville, VA.
                  http://www.jinxsbarbecue.com/

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                  1. re: ccbweb
                    bythebayov Jul 31, 2008 12:05 PM

                    To me, good bbq has to taste like smoke, has to be tender, juicy and the sauce has to be something special...The sauce is only a component that makes good bbq a true masterpiece. I love BBQ!

                  2. bythebayov Jul 31, 2008 12:07 PM

                    Has anyone heard of bbq with a white sauce...think I saw a show on travel chanel w/ this special "white sauce." If so, what's in it and where can I find it?

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                      pickypicky Jul 31, 2008 12:36 PM

                      Many many years ago I used to patronize a great bbq outside Bristol VA. I found it in ROAD FOOD by the Sterns. It was in a white building -- and it was amazing! Not NC style, but more Texas style. Does anyone know this place?

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                        Potomac Bob Jul 31, 2008 05:58 PM

                        I would guess you might be thinking about the Ridgewood restaurant in Bluff City, Tennessee, which was in the 1983 Goodfood by the Sterns (their second book; their first was Roadfood). They called the Ridgewood's barbecue "perfection." The place has expanded since 1983, but there's still always a line. In 1983, as the Sterns wrote about it, it was on U.S. Highway 19E, a winding road through some East Tennessee hills. It's still on that winding road, but it's no longer U.S. Route Highway 19E, which has been moved to a newer, straighter highway. The pork barbecue is made from hams, and many fans believe it is best sliced, rather than pulled or chopped. In my opinion, the barbecue is really good, maybe great, and is worth a side trip if you're in the area. The Sterns said they'd eaten a lot of barbecue, but that from the Ridgeway was "the best." I wouldn't go that far for the barbecue, though I would concede it's probably true for the beans they serve with it. The roadfood.com website today says it is worth driving 100 miles to have barbecue at the Ridgewood. Though the Ridgewood is not in Virginia, it is only about 25 miles from Bristol. The Ridgewood Restaurant, Bluff City, Tn. 423-538-7543

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                          pickypicky Aug 7, 2008 04:51 PM

                          Bless you, P. Bob, I'm sittin' in San Diego dyin' jes dyin' cuz I'm 2000 mi away and that is a rite tasty post. This is indeed the place I meant. I aint bin in mebbe 20 years, but praise Jesus! The Ridgewood lives! Sorry to lapse into dialect. I am very homesick. . .

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                        Potomac Bob Jul 31, 2008 05:38 PM

                        White barbecue sauce is a specialty in Alabama, though it is spreading to other areas that may feature "Alabama" BBQ. White Barbecue Sauce was made famous by Big Bob Gibson's BBQ in Decatur, Alabama. Big Bob serves all sorts of barbecue, pork, beef, chicken, and recommends the white barbecue sauce only with chicken or beef brisket. It is a mayonnaise-based sauce with vinegar, cider and seasonings, maybe including horseradish. If you don't have an Alabama-style barbecue joint in your area, you can order the white sauce online at bigbobgibson.com.

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                          alkapal Oct 8, 2008 08:11 AM

                          dixie bones (woodbridge) offers an excellent white bbq sauce.

                          anyone, is there a good bbq in close-in nova? i'm getting a craving for good smoked baby back ribs and pulled pork, east carolina style. good sides.

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                        pickypicky Jul 31, 2008 12:38 PM

                        It's not a joint. It's more like a happening. Cuz's Uptown Barbecue in Pounding Mill VA. That's way out in Tazewell County, close to nuthin.

                        1. Naco Aug 1, 2008 05:28 PM

                          K&L Barbecue in Hopewell does some of the best eastern NC style 'cue you'll find anywhere. I also like to stop at the Stony Creek Tastee Hut in Stony Creek(just off I-95 south of Petersburg), but for the hush puppies. The barbecue is good, but those hush puppies are the best I've ever had.

                          1. krisrishere Sep 13, 2008 08:24 AM

                            Best pork bbq sandwich I've experienced so far is Malbon Bros in Virginia Beach. Located in a Citgo station...can't miss with them. Haven't gotten around to trying their ribs etc, their pulled pork is too good! I've always wanted to try Buzz & Neds, will have to check it out.

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                              dfilpus Sep 15, 2008 12:45 PM

                              For NC style, Short Sugar's in Danville.

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                                Naco Sep 16, 2008 08:38 AM

                                Short Sugar's isn't indicative of any style but its own. The sauce they use is neither a Lexington nor an eastern style sauce; it's completely unique to that one restaurant.

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                                  carolinadawg Oct 14, 2008 05:49 PM

                                  dfilpus: How so? What makes their sauce so unique? Thanks.

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                                    Naco Nov 2, 2008 06:39 AM

                                    Short Sugar's sauce is dark in color(it looks like soy sauce) and has a sweet twinge to it. I've never been anywhere that uses a sauce that's even remotely similar. I liked it, though.

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                                  JRCann Oct 5, 2008 03:10 PM

                                  I must respectfully disagree.. Short Sugar's in Danville is the best reason to drive another 1&1/2 hrs to Greensboro or Lexington! IMHO, it's about the most dissapointing BBQ I have ever had. The big chains can do better.

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                                  jeanmarieok Oct 29, 2008 06:52 PM

                                  We tried Q last weekend. It certainly smelled promising - really good wood bbq smell when you walk in. I thought the prices were high, and the BBQ just average at best. I had the BBQ sandwich, with slaw and fries, DH had two meats with two sides (brisket and pulled pork, with greens and baked beans). I thought my sandwich was good, but DH was unhappy with his meal. For $14, he thought the meat portions were small, and kind of fatty. He didn't think the smoke flavor was very much, either. He liked his greens, didn't like his beans. My sandwich and fries were about $10 after upgrading to the large sandwich.

                                  He has a lot of trophies and credentials, but it just wasn't great. We really wanted to love it, too.

                                  DH says he thinks Extra Billy's is the best of all the places in Richmond. I like PQ's bbq a lot, too - best hushpuppies and hand-dipped corndogs you can't beat.

                                  1. alkapal Oct 13, 2008 01:33 PM

                                    go directly to harris teeter grocery store, prepared foods section (not next to sushi, but not too far away), and find the "north carolina bbq" deli container tray (black plastic rectangle, clear top) of pulled pork from brookwood farms, siler city, n.c. (a bit less than a pound) and enjoy.

                                    no big label, just look for an oval sticker "carolina bbq".

                                    authentic eastern carolina flavor, NO fatty crap like those "tubs" from other places. no fake smoke.

                                    it is the real deal. around $5.50/container --@12-14 oz.. let me know if i steered you wrong.

                                    thank me!

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                                      ccbweb Oct 14, 2008 06:50 AM

                                      I am doing this this afternoon. Thanks! I'll report back.

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                                        alkapal Oct 14, 2008 02:25 PM

                                        cc, are you still in sanfran? didn't realize ht was there.

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                                        marianyb Oct 18, 2008 05:43 PM

                                        I just have to add that it's even better with a quick sauce of apple cider vinegar, a little ketchup and red pepper flakes.

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                                        amykw21 Oct 15, 2008 11:27 AM

                                        Pierces near Williamsburg - try JC's special!

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                                          Choppedonion Oct 16, 2008 12:16 AM

                                          S & S in South Hill, Allman's in Fredericksburg, Pit Boss in Roanoke, Galax Smokehouse in Galax, Jinx in C'Ville, Little Pig BBQ in Petersburg & Cowling's BBQ in Waverly are just a few.
                                          Choppedonion.com

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                                            Choppedonion Oct 16, 2008 12:20 AM

                                            I second Short Sugar's in Danville and I think Cuz's BBQ in Pounding Mill had a fire and they are no longer in business, the barn burned down. Choppedonion.com

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                                              rbish39 Oct 16, 2008 05:11 AM

                                              Sibley's in Chester is my favorite. They out do Buz and Ned's and Brock's just up the road also fails the test. When I can't get to NC I go to Sibley's in Chester. Cowling's on 460 E. toward Waverly is also one of my choices.

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                                                beauxgoris Oct 20, 2008 07:44 PM

                                                Buzz and Ned's - there is no substitute!

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                                                  rbish39 Oct 21, 2008 07:13 AM

                                                  Oversmoked, you must not be a real NC barbcue fan. Benny's even hits a home run.

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                                                    Janet from Richmond Oct 21, 2008 07:16 AM

                                                    Buz & Ned's has good BBQ, but it's deifnitely not NC style. Benny's is my top pick for pulled pork. And the people at Benny's aren't jerks like those at Buz & Ned's.

                                                    1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                                      beauxgoris Oct 21, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                      ^^The original post didn't ask for best NC style BBQ - just best BBQ in the area, and for me that's Buzz and Ned's. Counter people aren't "jerks" when I'm there, although sometimes they're swamped - but that's something else.

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                                                        Janet from Richmond Oct 21, 2008 08:07 AM

                                                        Try to order ahead and then get back to me. Seriously, Buz (who spells it with one "z" not two) is one of the most arrogant, self-important people I've ever come across.

                                                        1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                                          beauxgoris Oct 21, 2008 09:44 AM

                                                          ^^Are you trying to keep people from eating there - or do you have a personal grudge? All I know (or frankly care about) is where to go to pick up good BBQ.

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                                                            Janet from Richmond Oct 21, 2008 10:24 AM

                                                            I am not trying to keep people from eating there. Just letting them know what to expect if they choose to eat there, just as with any other dining establishment. Service (as is pointed out often especially on the Not About Food board) is part of the package as well as the food. Years ago, I was a champion of Buz & Ned's....today not so much. Do they have good food? Yep. But discovering Benny's BBQ made my pulled pork world a much better place....the pulled pork is as good and the people are very nice. Dh makes good ribs and I make good mac and cheese and so now having people over for grub is much easier than jumping through the hoops and loops of Buz & Ned's.

                                                            1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                                              bythebayov Oct 21, 2008 12:02 PM

                                                              both are in chester? I live in hampton roads..how far from here? Will drive for good bbq :-)

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                                                                fcbaldwin Oct 21, 2008 12:31 PM

                                                                Buz & Ned's is in north Richmond, near I-64. Benny's is in south Richmond off of Forest Hills Ave. I want to try that one in Chester,
                                                                'tho.. Sibley's. Sounds good.
                                                                Hey Julia, did you ever go to Cowling's? I was just wondering what you thought of it if so.
                                                                Frank

                                                              2. re: Janet from Richmond
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                                                                AMFM Oct 21, 2008 01:06 PM

                                                                really? i don't like the pulled pork at buz & ned's but love the ribs and sides and when i ordered for a party buz couldn't have been nicer on the phone with serious offers to help however he could. and everything was okay when i got there days later to pick up - which is often not the case.

                                                                still love TD's pulled pork and chicken (also some good sides - green beans rock). i think grandpa eddie's has decent pulled pork too but bad sides.

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                                                                  AMFM Oct 22, 2008 07:00 AM

                                                                  by the way - the pulled chicken's fine but it's the smoked chicken that i think is really great at td's. one of these days i have to try alexanders as that's out my way too. now you all are making me crave bbq.

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                                                          billonthehill Oct 22, 2008 03:15 AM

                                                          I'm really glad to hear someone else say this....never really understood the attraction to Buz and Ned's. IMO, the BBQ is not that good, even for VA BBQ, the sides aren't that good, and finally someone has commented on the attitude of the guys at the counter. I've been 3 times thinking I just wasn't "getting" it, when in fact I was getting it loud and clear. Just not my kind of place. Benny's is very good, more comfortable atmosphere, easier parking. Might also try the BBQ place on Cary St. across from the Byrd Theatre (Double T's?). Unless they've changed, they bring the pork to the table unsauced, with 3 sauces on the table, VA, NC, and SC (which was surprisingly good honey-mustard based.) Except for the parking, good alternative to Buz and Ned's.

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                                                            AMFM Oct 22, 2008 06:57 AM

                                                            i've never been to benny's and would like to try but it is interesting how different people like different things. i've been to double t's several times and really don't like it.

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                                                              billonthehill Oct 22, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                              Guess it's that old thing about differences of opinions making for good horse races..... what I find interesting are differences even with people you are close to. My sister, for instance, will sit at a table and pick crab meat from steamed crabs until her fingers are raw. I wouldn't give 2 cents for it, even though we grew up at the same dinner table.
                                                              As for BBQ, I've heard about a place called King's BBQ on Rt. 301, just north of the Wagner Rd (I think) exit, south of Petersburg. Been told it's pretty close to NC style which I prefer. Haven't tried it yet.

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                                                                AMFM Oct 24, 2008 12:46 PM

                                                                i do like some great NC style - have only found it in NC though! :) if you haven't been to TD's (which admittedly claims to be kansas city style - i recommend you try it). it's a great deal - unlike Buz & Ned's - and i really do like it. and i swear i have no affiliation! :)

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                                                                  rbish39 Oct 29, 2008 06:53 AM

                                                                  If you are a NC barbcue fan and really enjoy good NC cue get down to your local Sam's and get a tub of Lancaster's NC style barbcue. This is the closest thing to NC cue sold around Va. Has that good vinegar taste from NC style. When I can't get to NC this is it.

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                                                                  rbish39 Oct 24, 2008 01:16 PM

                                                                  King's is at the Wagner Rd Exit go to Crater Rd and turn right. It' s a local place that has been there for years consistently good and off shoot of King's is Eley's Barbcue off I-85 in Sutherland south of Petersburg. Prince George Barbcue on 460 has good cue but is a smoking place and can drive you out with the smokers. Not my cup of tea although the food is good and can get it to go.

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                                                                    AMFM Oct 24, 2008 03:11 PM

                                                                    cool. thanks. will keep it in mind if i'm down that way.

                                                                  2. re: billonthehill
                                                                    krisrishere Nov 2, 2008 01:02 PM

                                                                    Been to King's and it's good! Cheap too! Definitely give it a try :)

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                                                                  rbish39 Oct 24, 2008 07:20 AM

                                                                  Like your comment about Buzz and Ned's I kept hearing people say it was the best. So I tried it disappointed all the way. Ribs were not that good, barbcue was over smoked. Just not my kind of place. Either Benny's are Sibley's is my choice/ Sibley's is closer to NC style. Everybody said try Brock's not close to the last two mentioned. Tried Pierce's down toward Williamsburg, to sloppy like a Sloppy Joe. When I crave Barbcue I go to Sibley's.

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                                                          TomFl Oct 28, 2008 07:51 AM

                                                          Q BBQ have now passed all the opening inspections.

                                                          2077 Walmart Way, Midlothian, Virginia.

                                                          Write up is posted below.

                                                          Just an add in,is that Tuffy [Cool Smoke Cook Team] was third overall at the Jack Daniels World Invitational in Lynchburg,Tn this past weekend.

                                                          18th Chicken
                                                          2nd Ribs
                                                          13th Pork
                                                          9th Brisket

                                                          This is probably more scoring than all the east central coastal states teams have combined in the Jack's 25 yr history.

                                                          Tom

                                                          1. MandalayVA Nov 1, 2008 09:36 PM

                                                            Q is right near my house, I'll have to go try it.

                                                            Extra Billy's has decent food, but it always seems to be full of screaming kids.

                                                            Buz and Ned's ... meh. Always heard it was great but wasn't that impressed. See also: Smokey Pig.

                                                            Pierce's Pitt--I like it. Has the ambiance of a fast food place but the sandwiches are awesome.

                                                            Double T's--pricey but good. If the owner's there he'll talk your ear off and give you free food.

                                                            Haven't tried Benny's because I've never seen it even though I'm on Forest Hill a lot.

                                                            And will someone please explain to me why Bill's is still in business? It's not even BBQ, it's boiled meat.

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                                                              rbish39 Nov 7, 2008 12:22 PM

                                                              Already tried Q, not impressed it was pricey and the Q just did not score with me.

                                                              Extra Billy's the Q is to smokey just not good Q. The meat is good but just over smoked.

                                                              Buz and Ned's, i'am with you. Saw it on the Food Channel so give it a try was not impressed.

                                                              Pierce's, I must have hit a bad day because there barbcue was like eating a Sloppy joe I just wasn't impressed.

                                                              Bill's I'am with you I don't even go there it's just not real Q.

                                                              Have you tried Hill Billy Red's closed to being good barbcue, it kinda reminds me of the old Andy's Barbcue.

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                                                                jeanmarieok Nov 18, 2008 10:46 AM

                                                                sloppy joe is a good description for pierce's bbq - I still like it once in awhile. It makes me nostalgic.

                                                            2. bythebayov Nov 19, 2008 06:52 AM

                                                              No, I still havent made it to cowlings...cant wait to try it though! Maybe over the holidays!

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                                                                Choppedonion Feb 21, 2009 06:30 PM

                                                                The best is Pit-Boss BBQ in Roanoke, Virginia! Great wings too. www.chopeedonion.com

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                                                                  bythebayov Apr 30, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                  got Pierce's last night for dinner...Now I remember why I like this place so much!

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                                                                  hooshoo22 Jun 1, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                                  BBQ Ranch in Harrisonburg is the BEST!

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                                                                    jwg Jun 10, 2009 04:42 AM

                                                                    Interesting post, but most of the discussion is about central or eastern VA (with the exception of the above Harrisonburg and Bluff City restaurants) Well be driving south along the full length of I -81 at the end of the month. We're interested in recs for bbq or the best local food within 10 miles of the Interstate. Traveling with DH and 2 grade school children.

                                                                    Please save me from the fast food found along the road!

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                                                                      alkapal Jun 10, 2009 04:43 AM

                                                                      my advice: look out for the smokies -- and i don't mean sausages! I-81 is renowned! i didn't realize that 81 starts up in ny at the canadian border (wellesley island) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersta...

                                                                      also, jwg, you should start a specific request thread for your trip on the south board.

                                                                    2. alkapal Jun 10, 2009 04:52 AM

                                                                      i saw that "buzz" bbq guy (richmond) on a flay throwdown. he looked pretty full of himself.

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                                                                        Janet from Richmond Jun 10, 2009 05:38 AM

                                                                        He is....and much worse since the throwdown.

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                                                                          alkapal Jun 10, 2009 06:10 AM

                                                                          i can imagine! like adding a hickory log to your campfire! (and squirting with gasoline)
                                                                          ;-).

                                                                          ps, gonna give my restaurant report from my trip at the end of may on that thread. thanks for your tips.

                                                                          1. re: Janet from Richmond
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                                                                            AMFM Jun 10, 2009 10:45 AM

                                                                            he is - i'd agree. but i worked with him in planning a carryout order for my son's party that i'm certain was small potatoes for them and he was NICE as can be on the phone and gave great reheating directions and laughed about showing up at my house to help grill the ribs. really there are reasons he got to where he is. he can be quite charming and helpful and the food is pretty good. not the best ever but really pretty good.

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                                                                              Janet from Richmond Jun 11, 2009 05:11 AM

                                                                              We used to do carryout from there for 10-20 people about twice a month on average back in the day. I would call on Wednesday or Thursday and arrange to pick it up on Saturday or Sunday as the case may be. After The Throwdown episode I called and he told me he needed at least 7 days notice (I was ordering a quart of pulled pork, 4 racks of pork ribs, and a bunch of mac and cheese) and started lecturing me about how REEEEEAAALLLL BBQ takes time, if I want substandard BBQ go elsewhere, etc. Now we go to Benny's or Q.

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                                                                                AMFM Jun 11, 2009 10:20 AM

                                                                                that would be annoying. mine was after the episode, but not "right" after. maybe the "buzz" had died down. what a bad pun. :)

                                                                            2. re: Janet from Richmond
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                                                                              rbish39 Aug 8, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                                              Try Va. Bar b cue over on the southside off of Court House Rd very good.

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                                                                            joanied Jun 11, 2009 03:06 AM

                                                                            anything right off rt 95? I'll be on a road trip

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                                                                            1. re: joanied
                                                                              alkapal Jun 11, 2009 05:31 AM

                                                                              dixie bones in woodbridge, va is very close to interstate 95.

                                                                              1. re: joanied
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                                                                                rbish39 Aug 8, 2009 03:27 PM

                                                                                Which direction you going? Roanoke Rapids, Nc has Ralph's Barbcue off 95. Not my pleasure thou. Anywhere in NC Smithfield Chicken & Barbcue hits my fancy.

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