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BBQ in Richmond!

Best BBQ you've had in richmond????

So far I'd have to say Alamo...but I'd love to find an actual restaurant that's delicious!

So far Extra Billy's, Buzz and Ned's and Benny's have been less than spectacular (in my opinion!)

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  1. Years ago, before the bypass was built around Richmond, we used to drive through town on a combined I-64 and I-95. I used to stop and eat in Richmond back then, but now I just keep on driving past Richmond. One of the alternative routes that we take now is I-95 through Petersburg to pick up Rt. 460 south. We've discovered Cowlings BBQ in Waverly, VA which is about 10 miles south of Petersburg on Rt. 460. Their BBQ is very good. It is probably about a 35 to 45 minute drive from Richmond, but it would be a nice little day trip for an outing.

    1. i really like some things at grandpa eddies - but not all. and i love TD's (but it's a total dive takeout only). worth checking out both if you haven't been there.

      1. Yeah, Buzz and Neds is fine, but not spectacular.

        BBQ that is. A bunch of the sides are REALLY good. Best hushpuppies I've ever had.

        Haven't tried the ribs yet.

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        1. re: BostonCharles

          Buz and Ned's ribs are the best, both Baby Back and Spare. They are pricey, though!

          1. re: princsoreo

            ribs are the only BBQ worth getting at buz and neds. they are actually good. but agree, super pricey.

            1. re: AMFM

              I know this is an old thread, but I just drove through Richmond at lunch time so I stopped by Buz and Neds for a half rack of rib (the 'meatier' baby back ones) and sides of hushpuppies and beans. I think they are nearly as good as the ones I like at Johnny Boy's, but at $20 instead of $16.50, they should be. There was no noticeable smoke ring on the meat but it had a rich smoky taste and they were firm and slightly crusty the way I like ribs. The sides were good as well, the hush puppies were oval shaped instead of round, but they were tasty. The beans were meaty and delicious. Lets see if the picture I took does it justice.
              All in all, good ribs, good sides, too expensive, but considering they are in a city of some size, well worth a visit since you don't have to drive to the country to get great ribs.

          2. re: BostonCharles

            So I tried the ribs. Fine, but not as good as I expected.

            Went to ALamo last week for lunch. Like the place, but so so BBQ. The texas brisket sadwich was good, but not due to the Q

          3. Not in Richmond but Petersburg, Kings BBQ. Check out their website. Worth the drive in my opinion. Have a meal there the take out for the next day or so.

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            1. re: NXS

              I really like Eley's in Petersburg, too. Great, NC-style sauce, and onion rings!

            2. Plug for Alexander's (Claxton Road just north of Patterson) and CD's off Broad Street out in Manakin-Sabot. Both have really tasty ribs.

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              1. re: hopkid

                Where is CD's? I've been wanting to check it out but wasn't sure exactly where it is...

                1. re: princsoreo

                  As you travel west on Broad Street it will be on the left behind a professional building just after you pass Hockett Road. Look for the sign out front. CD's operates out of a trailer in the back.

                  1. re: hopkid

                    Thanks! I knew it was a trailer out that way somewhere, just wasn't exactly sure where!

              2. Q Barbeque behind Sam's Club on Midlothian for BBQ pork, pulled chicken and smoked wings. They also have great hushpuppies and some of the best collard greens I've ever had. I also love their ribs.

                Q Barbeque
                2077 Walmart Way, Midlothian, VA 23113

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                  1. re: pleen

                    Was just at Q - delicious as usual - but the owner of Q mentioned that Alamo is really good for Texas-style bbq - beef brisket...haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but sounds fantastic.
                    Q's corn pudding is addictive...pure joy!

                    1. re: pleen

                      In my opinion Alamo has the best bbq in Richmond. Their Q has a great smoke flavor as they use red oak and hickory. I like to go to Buz and Neds for the spare ribs. Just heard about TD's and I'll need to check them out.

                      1. re: wlesedd

                        I went to TD's this past summer and was terribly disappointed. Dry, flavorless.

                        1. re: Janet from Richmond

                          bummer. i've been there a lot, but not had ribs recently and always had it be pretty good.

                          1. re: Janet from Richmond

                            Totally agree with you Janet. Don't know if I hit it wrong or what, but I wasn't impressed at all.

                            1. re: princsoreo

                              i will confess though... i'm from the midwest. and they advertise kansas city bbq. i'd agree it is drier (although not less flavorful). i just like it that way cause it's the kind i grew up with. and i LOVE their green beans. but again, i'm not southern by birth so i'm not going for that style.

                              1. re: AMFM

                                I was very disappointed with TDs. I had a half rack of spare ribs which were very
                                small,dry,and tough.

                                1. re: wlesedd

                                  that bums me out. i don't get ribs. i get chicken and pulled pork or chicken. but i've always liked them.

                    2. re: Janet from Richmond

                      I have not tried the orginal location of Q but tried it in a branch in Hampton. I thought it was good, but it didn't wow me like I expected based on what I'd heard. It was kinda late in the evening, so that may have had something to do with it. I want to visit the original location.

                      Of course, my taste buds might be "off" as I like Extra Billy's AND Buzz and Ned's. LOL!

                    3. I have heard the BBQ at Halligan Bar is good, but I cannot personally vouch for it yet. It is on my bucket list for this year.

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                      1. re: PenskeFan

                        been to the one in short pump. fine, maybe even good. not spectacular imo.

                        1. re: AMFM

                          I would give that assessment of the one in Short pump, though I didn't have the BBQ so I can't comment on that.

                          the service was great though, and the kids loved the firetruck, so we will probably go back some time when I am not in the mood to go to the Hogshead (which is not often, lately lol )

                      2. Must be a bunch of carpetbaggers responding. Not a whisper of Bill's Barbeque, the only true Richmond 'que. It's unlike most others. Light smoke flavor. I live in Roanoke now and cannot drive through Richmond without stopping for two Minced Pork sandwiches with a Limeade and bottle of Hot Sauce. I take the Hot Sauce home to use on other pork dishes. The Hot Sauce (not barbeque sauce) has a dry mustard base. Not sweet like South Carolina. Never had anything like it in all my travels. Just terrific.

                        If you are missing the sweetness of tomato based sauces, take a big glug of your limeade. That's do the trick.

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                        1. re: hokie2009

                          Bill's is a gas and boil operation. They use gas, and they boil the meat, so no wonder the smoke flavor if any is very light. The meat is mushy. Not good by any stretch of the imagination.

                            1. re: Janet from Richmond

                              I worked in the 700 building on 7th and Main and ate a TON of Bill's BBQ in those years - they would be pretty close to the bottom of my list. Not inedible, just not much of anything remarkable. They did have very good mince and strawberry pies, in season, and the best limeade. It took me a long time to like Sonic's after drinking Bill's for years.

                              1. re: jeanmarieok

                                Try the lime "hogaid" at the Hogshead Cafe. Very tart and very good.

                                1. re: PenskeFan

                                  I am adding Hogshead Cafe to my must try list. Are they packed on Friday nights?

                                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                                    They are packed every night lately.. And every afternoon. I went for lunch there on Saturday, they open at 11:30 and by noon there was a wait. We actually got there early and there was a line to get in at 11:30.

                                    So my advice is get there early if possible.

                                    BTW - if you know any servers looking for a gig, Hogshead is hiring.

                          1. re: hokie2009

                            Any discussion of barbecue in Richmond where Bill's is mentioned ALWAYS goes this way. You either love it or hate it. For me, having lived in or near Richmond for most of my 63 years, I enjoy Bill's. And hokie2009 is right, the sauce is unlike any other, IMO. And I agree that the limeades are great along with the pies. The barbecue, well it's really not barbecue I guess....just a pork sandwich. It's an "acquired taste". I like it. I understand the difference as well.

                            1. re: fcbaldwin

                              While not strictly Richmond, there may be those interested in the PORKAPOLOOZA out at Barbeque Exchange (www.bbqex.com) in Gordonsville this Thursday. It's been quite a treat in years past. I'll be attending as this place is one of my favorites in the area.

                              1. re: ulver

                                I really want to check that place out, though not for the porkapolooza. Unfortunate it being on a Thursday, too bad it is not on President's day when a lot of people have off.

                                I also hope their fried green tomatoes are good because I love those!

                                1. re: PenskeFan

                                  The green tomatoes I have had there are pickled, but amazingly tasty. It's one of my don't miss sides if I get takeout.

                                  1. re: ulver

                                    I dropped by BBQ Exchange a week ago on the way to Massanutten. Got a pound of pulled pork with carolina sauce. It was pretty good but just lacked the smoke flavor that I need.

                              2. re: fcbaldwin

                                While I am not a fan of Bill's "q", it is sad, and rather sudden, to see them close 5 of their 8 stores all at once.

                                1. re: PenskeFan

                                  I'm sad because their chocolate cream pie is a holiday tradition. I'm actually surprised they've lasted this long because when I go in to pick of the pie (and a limeade) no one is every eating there...the few customers are picking up pies (and limeades...lol)

                                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                    I've often wondered why Bill's didn't try bringing back "curb service" at a couple of those still-open locations. When I was young they were always very busy on most nights.

                              3. re: hokie2009

                                How do you know that Bill's hot sauce has a dry mustard base? I've also read something about pickle juice?? I'm in a panic (not really, but you know) because they are closing and I have never figured out a copycat recipe for their hot sauce. I just want their hot sauce. Sigh.

                                1. re: mavora

                                  I've seen the pickle juice and mustard comment on the web as well. I would have guessed more of a tomato paste base with cayenne and vinegar. I don't suppose anyone has a bottle with the ingredient list?

                              4. The more I read foodie boards/blogs/magazines etc. the more I realize food perferences and espcially BBQ perferences are really subjective. Yeah, I know, thanks Capt. Obvious. It's just that I'm still learning not to be too offended if some doesn't agree with what I like.

                                1. CD's has great flavor, although the bottom bun gets soggy very fast. They also serve shrimp, which is decent, and ribs which I haven' tried yet.